"It's a great experience to live in another culture in a local community - at the same time working with pupils keen to learn. You will come away having been given far more than you can give" Volunteer Julie
In the foothills of the Himalays, Yangrima school reopened in 2009 - having been forced by the Maoists to close in 2001. The school reoopened in 2009, thanks to the sheer hard work and determination of the communitiy - and many former pupils have now returned to Sermathang to teach in 'their' school.
These local heroes need your help to develop this remote village school into a model of excellence.
There are about 100 children - 40 of them are boarders, staying in rudimentary accommodation at the school. Many of the children, as young as 5, walk over 3 hours a day in order to attend the school - there is a real eagerness to learn!
The school is an English medium school - all lessons except Nepali are taken in English - and the children are strongly encouraged to speak English from the youngest age. For most, this will be their first exposure to the language.
The teachers are dedicated to the wellbeing and development of the children in their care but have had little or no teacher training, although many of them are educated to degree level. Volunteers will work together with these teachers in the classroom to help develop their skills. This is real hands-on training through genuine skills-share!
* basic literacy in English is essential - for nearly all of these children, school is their first exposure to English
* quality educational materials are seldom available - an ability to identify and create appropriate teaching aids will be invaluable
* lesson planning and teaching methodologies – these are fundamental areas of modern education in which the teachers have received little or no training
* arts and crafts practitioners are needed to work with the teachers to develop learning through play, helping the children to build confidence and enhance life-skills
* the nutritional needs of students can be addressed by programmes to establish food gardens and plan menus
* the school's management Trust and principal would welcome support in developing basic education management skills
* early childhood development practitioners
Volunteers will also be welcome to work with the children and staff out of hours at the boarding hostel. The community lost its clinic as well as its school in 2001 and is keen to establish a rudimentary health centre at the school.
The communities for miles around are completely committed to the school, making this placement perfect for the volunteer who wants to thoroughly immerse themselves in rural life. Conditions are simple, but the community offers you a warm welcome.
You will have a private room in a lodge or home of a local family. There is a solar shower and a simple Asian style lavarory which is shared with your host family. All your meals will be provided by your homestay hosts.