Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Volunteer real Experience with FUN-Nepal.

i'm seleem from singapore,
Always been travelling around asia,europe n usa as a tourist
But when i found out about fun-nepal and the programme that they offer for volunteer in Nepal...i immiedietly sign up for it
Mr kamal help to arrange for the programme as per our discussion over the email....on arrival in nepal,i was met at the aiport by mr kamal n he was always there when i needed help with anything through out the 1 month stay
The first 4days was introduction to the nepali language,culture n also include some sightseeing programme around the kathmandu area.....stayed at a hotel on top of the hill with a great view of the city
The hotel staff were very friendly n helpful,always asking if i neded anything....they even prepare a special dhal bhat dinnner for me during dinner

Next i went for a 4d3n trekking in pokhara....mr ram was there to welcome me on arrival in pokhara,the next morning we start our trek....he is a great trekking guide,very knowledgeable  n it was nice talking to him along the trek....learning about the culture of the people staying around the trekking region....
the trek to the top was fanstastic,great view of the snow covered dhaulagiri from our tea house...

It was followed by a 3 weeks stay with a local host family in the indrapuri village, chitwan....upon arrival in chitwan,i was met by mr rudra at the city centre,he picked me up n bring me to the host family house on a motobike
He the helped to introduce me to the host family.....
the host family welcome me with open arms...they help me to settle in very quickly to the new enviroment.... 
Every morning after breakfast...i went to the local school to interact with the local kids,teaching english n math...although the school was lacking some basic needs....the kids was very eager to learn n are a joyful to teach....everytime i step into the school compound..they will greet me n also invite me to their class,wanting to interact with me.....the teachers are very friendly too...on the last day before school close for the dashain holiday,the school organized a cultural programme show....some showcase their cultural dance while some sang nepali songs to entertained the crowd
The kids really enjoyed themselves.....
The people at fun-nepal also organize a visit to the ideal home,a centre for helpless woman n orphanage children....there we distribute some present which were donated by my kind friends back in singapore....
It was a great learning experience... hearing abt wat they are doing in helping the women n the children to get back in the society by providing them training n also the knowledge they need to have a better future ahead
Apart from teaching at the school
I also was given the chance to coach the local soccer team preparing for the soccer tournament just before the dashain festival
At the final game....most of the villagers came down to support the team
We won 5-0 n emerged as champions
after which we had a victory celebration,it was a crazy atmosphere
the players,fans young n old dancing to the drumbeat n horn played by the village elders all the way back to the village which is 3km from the playing field.....it was an experience i wont forget ever....
The following week....all nepali celebrate dashain....a week long school holiday n celebration 
My host family,invited me to their grandparents house,where a tika was put on the forehead for good luck
I was treated just like one of their family members....food was great n everybody had a great time at dashain
I cant thank the host family enough for taking care of me for the 3 weeks staying at their home....they even pack my local favourite snack 'vathmas' for pme to bring home.....
the village resource centre official organize a farewell party for me at the club house.....the host family make me a nepali outfit as a parting gift n i wore it to the event....
When its time to say goodbye....i was feeling sad n happy at the same time
Sad to leave the village but happy to have met all of them during my stay
The planning n co-ordinating by mr kamal n the fun-nepal team really make sure,i had a wonderful time coming to nepal as a volunteer.....everything was taken care of....from the 1st email right up to the last sending off.....it was indeed a FUN-Nepal trip for me...
Thank you Mr .Kamal n the team, www.fun-nepal.org 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Teaching English at School

Teaching School in Nepal as a Volunteer;
In this program, volunteers teach different subjects such as English, Science, Math’s, and Social Science and so on depending on school curriculum (primarily English) at government school. Depending on the school, volunteers will either teach independently in class or with another Nepali helper teacher.
Volunteers teach between two to four hours of 45-minute classes each period, six days a week (Saturday is holiday). Volunteers generally create programs to stimulate classroom lessons and improve students’ conversational English though different teaching methods. Volunteers engaging in this program will have some guidance of effective teaching in Nepali style although the volunteers can demonstrate new model of their own teaching style if that is applicable in Nepali government schools.
Prior to the placement, volunteers will receive Nepali language and cultural training. During their placement, volunteers will stay with a local traditional Nepali family located close to the school.
After completing the volunteer job at government schools in Nepal, volunteer, students and school staffs can stay keep in touch through various contact information source so that the next time the school’s family would welcome again to volunteering at schools which make lasting relationship among each other.

Volunteer Responsibility:

• Teaching and tutoring children in English, Computer or volunteer can choose any subject in which they are good at.
• Developing a creative environment for children through crafts, games and sports.
• Organizing hygiene awareness or cleanliness and sanitation program for students.
• Teach English (2-3 hours a day) in the school.
• Organizing games, drawing, singing, dancing, and other creative activities.
• Taking kids on educational tours and organize seminar/presentation about new places may be of your own country.
• Helping kids to do homework, and help them to increase their extra knowledge besides they get academically.

Skills required: You must have good English (but not of very high standard). If volunteer have any related experience in teaching school will be given plus point. Volunteers must observe the rules and regulations of the school and be respectful as well as polite to the teachers and local people.
Program Dates – Flexible i.e. the minimum time for the program is 2 weeks and the maximum length of stay is 5 months.
Accommodations - Volunteers will have either home stay with traditional Nepali families (host family) or have their own room in that school hostel. The accommodation is typically Nepali and based by Western standards, often with traditional Nepali toilets and showers.
 Food - Breakfast at around 7 am which consists of a cup of tea and biscuits. There after lunch is served at 9:00 to 9:30 am and is usually dal/bhat (rice, lentils, and vegetables). Dinner is at 6:30 to 7:00pm and is once more Dal/Bhat.
 Suggestion: Volunteers can bring along teaching materials such as picture books, instruments, flash cards, art supplies, toy games and songs.
Project Location: Tropical village not far from large town with all basic facilities.(Kathmandu, Chitwan, Pokhara -If needed we can arrange placement all over Nepal)
Program Cost: Please visit: 
www. fun-nepal.org/volunteer-program-cost

Friendships United Nepal (FUN-Nepal)
Post Box No: 24886
Kathmandu, Nepal
Cell: +977- 9841492062
Tel: +977 9851017932
Email: funnepal1@gmial.com   
Website: www.fun-nepal.org