One of the biggest issues in Nepal is a lack of access to quality education, which prevents people from receiving the education they need to gain employment and break out of the poverty cycle. Local schools are underfunded, there is little hands-on learning, (rote-learning is the teaching method of choice) and English, which is a crucial subject for reaching high school and university, is often taught by teachers who aren’t fluent English speakers.
Education is at the heart of the work we do with our communities. We believe that the best way to achieve positive change is by providing the next generation with access to quality education. By volunteering on this program, you’ll get to work on a range of exciting education projects, some of which include:
Conversational English sessions to improve children’s competency and confidence speaking English
STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) and life skills workshops that allow children to learn hands-on, develop their critical thinking skills and become more engaged in their education
Infrastructure projects at local schools to improve facilities and create a safer and more conducive learning environment for children
When you arrive in Nepal you’ll be met by our team at the airport. Over the next few days you’ll have a thorough induction and orientation where you’ll learn about Nepalese customs and culture, get your bearings around town, meet community partners and gain a better understanding of the context of the projects you’re working on.
Over two weeks, you’ll work in the community Monday - Friday with your weekend free to travel and explore. Your day will usually be structured with a morning session (approx. 3 hours) after breakfast and then a session of the same length after lunch. Your afternoons and evenings will be free for you to relax or do any required planning for the next day.
On the last day, you’ll either be transported back to the airport or you can join our extension trip trek!
After your Challenge you can join our optional extension trip for $800, where you’ll embark on the epic 5-day Poon Hill trek! Beginning in Pokhara, you'll have an afternoon to stroll around the lakeside city before getting ready to start your trek the following day. You'll pass through picturesque mountain villages, lush forests and small streams as you make your way to the Poon Hill summit - 3200m above sea level. The Poon Hill lookout has the most incredible panoramic views of the Annapurna ranges that you'll be lucky enough to see at sunrise before beginning your descent, fresh on the knowledge you just trekked into the highest mountain range in the world!
Challenges Abroad Nepal was a rewarding and worthwhile experience. It was great to be a part of the school and I truly felt that our team made a difference.Alicia Coventry - Monash University
I'm going to miss the people, the views and the relaxed culture of Nepal. I've had an amazing time here and I know it won't be my last visit. In Nepal you don't say goodbye, but rather see you soon.Hannah Littler - Monash University
Volunteering in Nepal has been the most memorable and life changing experience.Kit Elliot - University of Queensland
*Note: if you have other dates in mind or would like to travel as an individual, email us at [email protected] and we’ll be more than happy to help!
In Nepal, we are working towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. By increasing access to quality education in marginalised communities and completing essential renovation work, your volunteer program will help us make progress towards achieving a number of these goals including: