Project Trust has been running Nepal gap year projects since 2013 when two eight month Volunteers worked in the village of Jhimpa. By 2015, the Nepal country programme had expanded to 10 Volunteers.
Nepal Volunteers work in schools in the far west of Baglung District teaching English and IT to grades 1-10 (ages 5-18) to GCSE equivalent exams. Class sizes can be as high as 70, and resources at the schools are basic.
Life doesn’t get much more rural than living in the foothills of the Himalayas, and Volunteers in Nepal have to be prepared to really challenge themselves to living a different life style in a remote area with diverse and fascinating communities.
The community you’re based in will be very remote and it is essential that you’re able to adapt to a simple lifestyle without the benefits of much in the way of mod cons, although you do have phone signal. Much of the agriculture is at a subsistence level so you’ll mainly access food which is grown locally. Dal Bhat (rice and dal) is the daily basic, supplemented by vegetables, meat on special occasions and fruit when in season. But fear not, you can buy biscuits in the local shop.
A lack of employment opportunities and an under-resourced education system result in the majority of Nepalese from rural areas are forced into one of two life choices: stay in their local village as a farmer or move to a big city in Nepal, or the Middle East, and become a labourer. A more expansive education, exposure to aspirational role models in the form of Project Trust volunteers, and increased English language abilities will help Nepali students towards a wider range of opportunities than those currently available to them.