Depending on your skills, knowledge and abilities, and how much time you have to offer (the minimum tile is 2 weeks), you might:
teach conversational English in a progressive school environment to
10 – 17 year olds;
If you decide to teach conversational English, a certificate for teaching English to international students (TESOL) is worthwhile but not essential. As most classes are conducted in English, the children have a basic understanding of English at a very early age. Activities about your home country’s environment (geography, nature, cities, industry etc) are a good place to start classes, until you can assess the level of student capabilities and interest. Or you may teach English through a special skill, like art or crafts.
Some volunteers teaching English may be asked to prepare listening and speaking tapes so the students can practice listening to native English speakers before conversational English exams. English teachers too often have questions of native English speakers, so you may be requested to assist English teachers after regular classes. This is a good opportunity to ask the teachers about certain students too!
Vocational training in a trade could be very useful for students not planning to continue with study after class 10. It may even be useful for a business in the local community.
Computer skills and knowledge are sought after in many areas apart from schools. Local municipality, local businesses and health clinics are just some areas that your skills might be useful. Areas not yet converted to computers can still use organizational skills and work practices.
What will you get out of the experience?
You will take from it what you like. Some may find the conditions of living within a poorer community difficult and challenging, such as doing without home comforts, bathing in cold water, or being a minority member of the community. Some will embrace the experience as a chance to live and learn in a happy, generous, community who treat you with utmost kindness and consideration. There is little doubt that volunteering in Nepal will be most memorable.
If you arrive during a festival, and there are many, you will be welcome to join your host family or community in celebrations. This may involve watching street parades, visiting temples or participating in a feast in a family’s home. You may even be invited to a wedding!