Trek to Teach - Teach in the Himalayas!

Video and Photos

Class 5 playing a vocab game
Class 5 playing a vocab game
Poon Hill
Poon Hill
Class 3 learning the difference between and ceiling and a wall
Class 3 learning the difference between and ceiling and a wall
Farewell ceremony at the school
Farewell ceremony at the school
View from Poon Hill, one of the stops during the trek
View from Poon Hill, one of the stops during the trek
I woke up to Mount Machhapuchchhre everyday.
Looking out at the Annapurna Mountain range where I would be living for three months!

About

Trek through the foothills of the Himalayas to a remote rural village where you’ll live with a Nepali host family, and teach English in the local school. Your four day trek through the mountains will lead you around the Annapurna Circuit, past Poon Hill and some of the other highlights of the trail. You’ll walk through mossy forests, and up stone steps (thousands!) all while having breathtaking views of the mountains. At the end of the trek, you’ll be welcomed into the home of your hosts, and by your students as a new member of the community. Each morning you’ll wake up with views of the snow capped Himalayas.
On days off, trek and explore the local area. Spend your weekends hiking up to the base camp of one of the tallest mountains in the world, or soaking in the natural hot springs at Jihnu. The local children are driven, and with your knowledge of the English language, they’ll have a greater opportunity to learn.

Highlights
  • Trek through the jungles and mountains to the base camps of some of the highest mountains in the world
  • Experience daily Nepal life and culture living with a host family in a remote mountain village
  • Brush your teeth each morning with the breathtaking backdrop of the Himalayas
  • Spend your weekdays enriching the lives of and inspiring young children through giving them an English education.
  • Spend your weekends trekking through the foothills of the mountains or soaking in natural hot springs

Impact

Our work is focused on connecting our partner villages in the Annapurna region of Nepal with high-quality English educations. We provide teaching materials and fluent English-speaking teachers. Collaboration with locals helps us identify essential projects for community development through education. We then facilitate access to the tools needed to transform students' lives.

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Questions & Answers

At this time we are unfortunately unable to pay our teachers. Our organization and the cost of teachers' living expenses are covered by a program fee. The program fee covers: 40 hour Tefl course through myTEFL All transportation (taxis and busses) for your journey to/from your village and back to Kathmandu during your time teaching All accommodations in Kathmandu, Pokhara, trek to your village and...

No 50 isn't too old, as long as they are do endurance training in preparation for the trek. Age is just a number :)

Reviews

9.67 Rating
based on 12 reviews
  • Impact 8.9
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 9.3
  • Value 8.9
  • Safety 9.8
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Regina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Memorable and Rewarding

I joined Trek to Teach in 2018, and it was my first time living/teaching in another country. I was really excited about the opportunity to teach abroad, but was also a little nervous. TTT was outstanding though, and I didn't need to be nervous about anything! Their pre-departure training is super helpful, and their in-country staff is remarkable. I felt supported throughout every step of my journey and left Nepal with a full heart and lifelong memories.

TTT works to ensure the best experience possible for every volunteer and works endlessly to ensure the success of its program. I strongly recommend this program to anyone interested in teaching abroad! Whether your are a first time teacher or a seasoned-pro, there is value in this program for anyone and everyone. I especially recommend this program if you are taking a gap year or a gap semester.

What would you improve about this program?
I really loved my time with TTT and was sad that I had only signed up for three months. If I could do it all over again, I would have stayed longer!
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Katie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Rewarding and Eye-opening Experience in Nepal

Trek to Teach was a lifechanging experience for me. In my short three months in Nepal, I learned so much about myself, Nepali culture and was able to broaden my perspective on the world. I enjoyed exploring Kathmandu and taking in breathtaking views of the Himalayas while trekking on various trails in the Annapurna region. While teaching in a rural Nepali government school comes with its challenges, the work came with great reward. From my students to my host family and other community members in my village, I truly believe that Nepal is home to some of the nicest people in the world. I felt extremely welcomed in my village and felt that I was able to experience authentic Nepali life at the hands of the relationships that I was able to form. While I highly recommend this program to someone who is seeking adventure and the desire to positively impact the lives of some of the most deserving people in the world, it does take the right type of person. Having the ability to be flexible and to have little to no expectations is imperative for having a successful experience not only for yourself but for your future students as well.

What would you improve about this program?
The hardest thing about this program is the short amount of time that teachers spend in their villages teaching. There is a quick turnaround of teachers in these villages, which makes it difficult to establish a routine in the classroom and to implement long term change for the students. This is something that is difficult to change as a volunteer-run non-profit, but a change that I see making a drastic shift in the overall impact of the program.
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Laura
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Another World

I spent 9 weeks teaching in the rural Annapurna village of Kimche. The hospitality and welcoming spirit of the Nepal village people in unparalleled. From the moment us teachers arrived at the airport in Nepal, to the moment we left, we were looked after. The US and Nepali teams have been working with teachers and travelers for over a decade and know what is important before and during your stay - so whether you're an experienced traveler or venturing out for the first time, rest assured you will have people looking out for you. This is an experience that will push you and challenge you physically, mentally, and emotionally in ways you never thought possible. Not only did we do the 4 day trek to our villages, but we had the opportunity to trek on weekends to nearby villages and then to Annapurna Base Camp and Mardi Himal Base Camp over school breaks. The rest of my time was spent in my village - Kimche - where I hiked (and I mean HIKED) up the mountain to school everyday. The school days were not without their challenges: language barriers, different school systems, different expectations for teachers and students than we're used to, behavior, etc. However, the relationship created with students, despite these factors, was far beyond anything I expected. The students, their families, and the community truly valued and appreciated what we, as teachers, brought to them. Regardless of your teaching experience, there is so much to offer these students and this community. Yet, I guarantee you will learn more from these people than you are able to teach. I was fully accepted and immersed in Nepali culture and life, truly becoming a member of that community and family for the time I was there. I left Nepal with a much larger family - so grateful for all of my brothers (dai's/bhai's) and sisters (didi's and bahini's). From daily volleyball games to cultural rituals, exhausting treks to quiet nights in the village, and helping host families in the fields to after school tea at a student's house, these are experiences I will never forget.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice would be to go into this experience with a completely open mind. You will experience moments that you never could have excepted, ones that make you uncomfortable and push you beyond your limits, however there is learning in every single moment. You must be willing to challenge yourself and I promise that you will be repaid, tenfold with the experience you gain and the love you receive from this country and its people.
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Regina
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Learning Things I Never Knew I Needed To Know

I learned a lot while I was abroad, about myself and the world. While I was there, I trekked through the foothills of the Himalayas. Before Nepal, that sounded nearly impossible. But I promise almost anyone can do it! And it's 100% a confidence booster to do something that you've never done before (like backpacking). I also taught ESL, which was daunting because I was entirely unfamiliar with Nepali. But I learned it bit by bit while I was there and discovered an immense passion for their language. This made teaching a little easier as well as everyday life a little more fun. Most importantly, I met incredible people from all over the world! Everyone goes to Nepal to trek (Europeans, Australians, Asians, etc.), and talking with other trekkers opens your eyes in a new way. I don't think there is another place in the world where you can go and meet such a unique mix of people in a single evening. Because Trek to Teach places its teachers in guest houses (hostels designed for trekkers), you can meet a variety of people and learn about their lives. So what did I learn while I was abroad? I learned that I can do "this." I can teach. I can backpack. I can navigate international airports solo. I can travel in a foreign country. I can learn a new language (it's never too late). I learned so much and gained so much confidence that I never knew I needed. I also learned about the world. I learned about political situations in smaller countries and about the developmental phases of nations worldwide. I learned about other religions (Hinduism and Buddhism) and tried new foods. I learned that Nepal strives for peace and harmony and that the Nepali people have a large capacity to love. This program taught me all of these things and more by introducing me to a new nation, and I hope to learn even more when I return. Because with Nepal, once is never enough!

What would you improve about this program?
This program, by and large, seems to benefit the teacher immensely. It's a great experience for someone who is trying to live in a foreign country for a short stint or for someone who has never lived abroad before. This was perfect for me as I was trying to see if I was capable of living abroad for such a long period of time...and my unwillingness to leave at the end of three months was confirmation that I can in fact live abroad. But my heart hurts for the students who grow fond of teachers that leave after three months. These students love so well and quite frequently have to say goodbye to teachers they admire. I wish there were a better way of staying connected afterward or a better way of making a more long-term impact on the community.
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Elsa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life Changing Experience

This program was the most incredible experience I have ever had. It was never easy and challenged me in so many different unexpected ways but I truly loved every second of it. I got to live in one of the most beautiful places and live with some of the most beautiful and caring people I have ever met. The kids you get to teach are amazing and full of energy and desire to learn like no kid you have ever met and will love you unconditionally. I will never forget them. The Nepali Board was incredibly helpful, Narayan and Suman wonderful tour guides and always fun to hang out with and Sarala and Chandni became dear friends. I would highly recommend this program, it truly is one of a kind program and really does make a good impact on the communities that it helps out in. Please ask me any questions you have about the program!

What would you improve about this program?
This program is young and is still getting some hitches figured out but it was mostly smooth sailing and I wouldn't change my experience for the world
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Taylor
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience of a Lifetime

Trek to Teach stands out from other volunteer abroad programs I have come across. Multiple things initially drew to to Trek to Teach, notably the application process required and the duration of the program. The application process involved interviews, essays, and submitting a resume. The amount of work it took to apply to the program ensures that participants are serious about TTT and allows for the TTT staff to determine if participants will be a good fit or not. Additionally, the length of the program, 10 weeks, is long enough to begin seeing an improvement in student performance. It is not a short-lived program where there is no chance to see if an impact is being made or not, but it also isn't so long that it deters potential volunteers. Also, leading up to teaching in Nepal, there are a series of Skype sessions where previous teachers go over what to expect in Nepal and how to prepare.

Trek to Teach also has a dedicated and amazing staff, who create a vast support network for current teachers. Between the staff in Nepal and the many former teachers, I never felt alone or without adequate support during my stay in Nepal. If I had a concern or a question, someone way always there to help out. Everyone involved in Trek to Teach cares immensely, which makes for a positive experience.

The trek is difficult, even for experienced hikers. As someone with exercise induced asthma, I definitely struggled with it. I thought that I had trained a significant amount before leaving for Nepal, but I quickly realized that I could have trained more. Thankfully, because Trek to Teach has such caring and understanding staff, there is plenty of encouragement along the way.

During my time in Nepal I made so many new friends and had amazing experiences. I am still close with the family I lived with and I get updates from time to time on how my former students are doing. One of the most rewarding and fulfilling parts of the program was the exposure to a different way of life and all of the interesting people I was fortunate enough to meet during my time in Nepal. It was an exciting adventure and I will never forget it.

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Michael
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing first overseas volunteer experience

Wow, what an experience volunteering with Trek to Teach. I ended up finding the organization after deciding that I really needed to take a break from work and life in general here in the USA and I was very glad that I did. I arrived in Nepal nervous and without confidence that everything was going to go really smoothly and wow was I wrong. The Nepali TTT team was there to greet me with smiles and truly made the whole experience of coming into Nepal a breeze by both taking care of all accommodations and making me feel comfortable and at home. It was a great first impression and I would say that the team kept their great hospitality intact throughout.
One of the best things about this organization is that they try really hard to prepare you for teaching and the cultural shock you will receive when you get there. Having said that, I don't think anything could have prepared me for my first time teaching English in a foreign country. It took some time to get used to but I learned to really enjoy being with the kids and watching them learn even the most simple phrases or to even see the smallest bit of improvement. Being there at the school and immersing yourself in Nepali culture was truly mind opening and really gives you a different perspective on everything you have at your disposal in modern society. I felt a deep sense of appreciation too, that people in the village seemed to really be happy that I was there trying to help. I think any little bit of help they can get there, goes a long way for the people in the village. Most importantly, the TTT team really seems like the genuinely care about the wellbeing of the people there, something I was really happy to see. Lastly, being surrounded by the Himalayan mountains was really one of the most magical experiences of my life. To wake up and see the pointed peak of the "Fishtail" in the Annapurna range is something I will never forget. You are literally stuck in awe when you get a good mountain view. I also had the chance to do a lot of hiking and even reached Annapurna Base Camp during some free time from the school.
All in all, it was a tremendous experience and something I will carry with for the rest of my life. Thank you Trek to Teach for such a fulfilling experience!!!

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing really, keep doing what you're doing!!!
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David
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Being rich is not about money anymore

A new chapter in my life started the same minute I found the organisation Trek to Teach. I felt an unknown spark in myself that eventually turned to a deep love for the village Tolka and the mighty Himalayas. I was working as an English teacher for 2 months and living amongst 400 villagers made me feel like one of them. The children, teachers and the villagers struck me in my core. Since words doesn’t feel fair to use in order to describe the experience I had as a volunteer, I take photographs and videos. After some time in the village, the children would knock on my door in the morning, yelling that we had to walk to school together. The days were full of joyful moments at the school. When the evening came, we played football with the moon as our light. The night arrived and the stars of the Himalayas shined brightly. To have this memory and this connection to these children, the villagers and the teachers is simply invaluable.

What would you improve about this program?
If I have to come up with something, it would be that I wanted to learn more useful Nepalese for the mission during the orientation session in Kathmandu.