|Duration||Placement ONly||Upgrade & include
|1-2 weeks||Just £490||£590|
|3 weeks||Just £570||£670|
|4 weeks||Just £670||£770|
|2 months||Just £870||£970|
|3 months||Just £1,070||£1,170|
|4 months||Just £1,270||£1,370|
|5 months||Just £1,470||£1,570|
|6 months||Just £1,670||£1,770|
Limited places are available so book early to avoid disappointment.
Start dates for TEFL Teach Nepal are ongoing throughout the year. The main in-takes are for the following months:
*depending on availability
The majority of the placements are within Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitawan.
Nepal is trekker heaven and does jaw-dropping mountain vistas superbly well! Home to 8 of the world's 10 highest peaks, birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, abode of the mysterious yeti and locale of the omnipresent yak, Nepal has mesmerized spiritualists, mountaineers and adrenaline junkies since way back when! Find your own personal Nepalese Shangri-la and teach English in Nepal!
We are looking for enthusiastic, passionate people who would like to volunteer to teach English in Nepal. As a teacher you will have full classroom responsibilities including creating lesson plans, student assessment, and curriculum development. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in something special, to gain a real insight into Nepal's unique culture, and to influence the lives and community of Nepali's young and old. Experience is not necessary. Spirit of adventure is compulsory! Sound interesting? Then why not apply now!
We are a TEFL placement agency run by former TEFL teachers. As such we have extensive first-hand experience of teaching TEFL in exotic, far-off lands! We put this package together to make it easy for other people to be able to achieve their dream of teaching English overseas.
Please just fill out the following application form and we will get right back to you.
What is TEFL?
TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language and once you have completed a TEFL qualification, you can teach ESL abroad in a wide variety of countries. There are a few different types of courses for teaching English in Asia, the UAE and many unique destinations, however TEFL and TESOL courses (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) are the most common.
How do I learn TEFL?
You can learn TEFL in a number of ways including university courses and even internships in various locations such as China and Argentina. English Language teaching allows you to broaden your horizons and gain experiences you will not find anywhere else. Learning TEFL will allow you to embark on various different adventures including teaching in Asia, South America and the Middle East and considering global language training is becoming increasingly popular, international schools are always crying out for additional ESL teachers.
What locations are available?
The main locations available are throughout Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitawan. Volunteers can choose from these locations but availability is limited so it is not always possible to get first choice location.
Will there be other native English teachers nearby?
This is possible although not always the case. Every effort is made to place volunteers near to each other but applicants should be aware that, due to the location of some schools, it is not always possible to place volunteers together.
What happens at the orientation?
The orientation covers plenty of ground including essential tips on Nepali language and culture and guidance on how to teach English in Nepal!
What is an average weekly teaching schedule?
The typical teaching schedule runs from Sunday to Friday but you can choose Monday to Friday if you prefer. The teaching load is up to you but the schools prefer you to teach at least 2 or 3 classes a day.
What is the student age range?
The age range is usually between 5 and 18 year olds. It is possible for volunteers to choose student age range but again this is subject to availability.
What do I need to wear to school?
The dress code for teachers is casual although out of respect for local culture it is best not to wear clothing such as shorts, vests or strappy tops while teaching!
Will there be other foreign teachers at my school?
Sometimes there are several foreign teachers per school but this is not always the case.
Is housing provided?
During training: During the orientation and training, volunteers will stay in a hotel or with a host family in Kathmandu which is about 5 kilometers west of the Airport. Accommodation is included in the program fee but, for those few days, volunteers need to cover the cost of their own food if they stay in a hotel. Each volunteer will be provided with a single room with en-suite bath room. The hotel also has hot shower facilities. Training will be held at the hotel. There are many international and Nepali restaurants near the hotel so dining options are plentiful!
During placement: During the placement volunteers live with a local family. This is a great immersion opportunity as volunteers are treated like a member of the family and stay in a separate room with basic furniture. The host families are carefully screened to ensure that they can provide a comfortable and pleasant living environment for volunteers.
Families provide two main meals a day. A typical Nepalese meal is 'daal, bhaat, tarkaari' (lentil soup, rice and vegetables) also other food like noodles, 'roti' (flat round bread) and different kinds of seasonal fruits and vegetables are eaten. You will be eating the same food as the family eats every day. During the day time (around 1pm) volunteers will eat a light food with teachers in school eg. beaten rice and potatoes, chick peas and eggs, noodles etc. Electricity is available and phone / internet service is usually easily accessible in the local village or town.
Does ESLstarter assist with the visa process?
Visas are issued on arrival at Kathmandu airport. The minimum visa is for 15 days and the maximum for 3 months.
Do I need any vaccinations for Nepal? What happens if I get sick?
You should consider the following vaccinations, however, we strongly advise to consult your doctor / local travel clinic for the latest recommendations regarding vaccinations for Nepal:
Western traveler clinics are available within the major urban centers in Nepal but these can be expensive. It is therefore advisable to arrange health travel insurance prior to departure for Nepal. Health-care facilities outside of the Kathmandu valley and Pokhara are basic so, should treatment be required, it is better to head to the capital.
The staple meal in Nepal is Daal, Bhaat and Tarkari or Lentils, Rice and Curried vegetables. The Nepalese love to snack and enjoy local delicacies such as Sukuti (spicy meat cooked over an open fire) and Aloo Tama (potato mixed with bamboo shoots). Nepal is also a dessert loving nation and counts Dahi (yoghurt curd) and Sikarni (curd mixed with dried fruits) among its favorites.
Travelling in Nepal is inexpensive and taking a taxi is an easy and convenient way to get around. Metered taxis are only available in Kathmandu so it is always worth agreeing a price beforehand when out of the capital city. As a general guideline, it should cost between 15 and 20 Rupees for a 1KM taxi journey. Other ways to travel include bus or Tempu (tuk tuk).
The climate in Nepal is varied and ranges from freezing cold in the high altitude regions to subtropical in the lowland regions of the country. May and June are the hottest months where the temperature can top 35 Celsius. During winter, the days are shorter and cooler and the mercury can drop to zero Celsius at night-time in Kathmandu. Monsoon season runs from July to August and the country is frequently drenched in tropical rains turning the landscape a very lush shade of green! October – December and March – May are the most popular times to visit Nepal and there are many festivals in these months.
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ESLstarter not only provides brilliant service with great support, but a recognised TEFL certificate whilst having a life enriching experience. This can be achieved without extortionate costs with a company that understands cultural sensitivity whilst supporting underprivileged institutions and communities. As cheesy as it sounds my home stay became like family and I was so humbled by their kindness. I was not a qualified teacher, just someone who wanted to experience another culture and contribute to a really worthwhile project and I have received so much from this experience that has encouraged me to keep volunteering, teaching and get involved in many charities in Nepal. I am forever thankful to ESLstarter.Jasmin White, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Claire from ESLstarter went out of her way to guide me carefully and efficiently through the application process, but also she put me at ease and answered all my questions in not just a capable way, but importantly in a friendly way too. Applying for jobs abroad in teaching can be very daunting, especially if it is your first time as teaching or in an exotic far away land such as Nepal, many organisations are simply too intimidating and overwhelm you, but ESLstarter eased you into the process bit by bit, with regular emails to help. Furthermore the website is presented very well, with all the core information that an applicant needs from the outset, to know whether the position is right for them. Too many organisations don't reveal prices or length of contracts until much later, and ESLstarter is a welcome change from such companies. I would highly recommend working through ESLstarter, a thoroughly efficient and friendly organisation. I would like to thank them and Claire in particular for helping me secure my first teaching position in Nepal, which was such a success.Samuel Corney, Kathmandu, Nepal
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