Yangrima School, in the foothills of the Himalayas, has recently reopened after forced closure by the Maoists in 2001. Work with dedicated local staff - many former pupils of the school - help them to make this remote school a model of excellence.
Volunteer input is needed in this project in a range of areas:
Basic literacy in English is essential - for nearly all of these children, school is their first exposure to English, which is at least their second language
Quality educational materials are seldom available - an ability to identify and create appropriate teaching aids will be invaluable
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
Early childhood development practitioners
Teaching assistants and youth workers
Health and social care workers to support the hostel staff in their residential child care work
What to Expect?
Yangrima school is in Sindhupalchok Province, about 85km. to the north-east of Kathmandu valley and situated in the Jugal Himalayan Range.
The school was thriving and nationally acclaimed when the Maoist conflict saw it forcibly closed in 2001. The determination of the community and the dedication of a number of former pupils saw its reopening late in 2009. Yangrima now cares for nearly 150 children - 40 of whom 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.
The school is an English medium school - all lessons except Nepali are taken in English. The children are strongly encouraged to speak English from the youngest age - for most, this will be their first exposure to English. 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 alongside them in the classroom to help develop their skills. Volunteers will also be welcome to work at the boarding hostel, out of school hours. The community lost their health centre at the same time as their school and is keen to develop a 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 - the villagers will share their everyday life and spiritualism with you. Conditions are simple, but the community will do all they can to welcome you.
Despite its natural beauty, rich and varied spirituality and culture, Nepal is among the world’s poorest countries economically. One and a half million people live in the urban sprawl of Kathmandu, giving the capital the aspect of a human mechanised anthill, yet there are pockets of calm in hotel gardens, little courtyards off busy alleyways and of course an abundance of architectural treasures.
Charming and dignified, Nepalese people from the mountains and the outer villages live side by side in social and religious harmony in the bustling capital city, and single foreigners of either gender can feel safe and secure in streets and squares of Kathmandu.
The Nepalese have traditionally relied on agriculture and weaving for their livelihoods, but poor harvests and machine-made goods are limiting their ability to survive. Tourism is the most profitable source of income, but this too has been threatened by extensive media coverage of very localised problems.
The school serves communities as far as a 2 hour walk away. Many of the children walk 3 hours a day to attend school - bringing ever greater pressure to expand the boarding facilities. Volunteers will work with local teachers to build their skills - this will be done for the most part "on the job”. Volunteers will need to be able to impart their skills by example rather than through formal training. Not only did the village lose its school in the troubles but also its only clinic - the school trustees are keen to develop a healthcare programme at the school and health and social care volunteers would be welcomed.
This project is 100% community driven, with a little outside financial aid. This is the perfect project for volunteers who want to immerse themselves in Nepali village life and understand the challenges and joys of their hosts.
Volunteers will live with local families, sharing their daily lives in this wonderfully supportive local community. You will have a private room in the 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.
- Program ID: # 1582
- duration: 2 Weeks to 1 Month1 to 3 MonthsMore than 3 Months
- location: Yangrima School, Jugal Himalayan Range Sermathang, Sindhupalchok ProvinceNepal28° 17' 6.1188" N, 85° 21' 49.572" ENP
- Fitness level: Moderately Fit
- Closest Airport: Please contact program
- Costs From: $1000 to $1500$1500 to $3000
- Program Type: Community Development ProjectsTeach OverseasWomen's & Youth Programs
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