TEFL jobs in Nepal
Nepal is a stunning country, nestled in the Himalayas, with some of the most important and impressive Buddhist temples in the world.
Teaching is a well-respected job in Nepal. The people believe that knowledge is something that cannot be bought. Since knowledge cannot be traded for money, being a teacher is seen to be a work of respect and independence.
While there is demand for English teachers in the country almost all opportunities are on a voluntary basis. There are a number of charities and organisations that run programmes in Nepal, for more information about how to find a good, ethical programme, see our post about TEFL and volunteering.
Where to find work in Nepal
You can apply for a visa online, or a tourist visa can be purchases on arrival ($100 for 90 days, extendable for $2 per day for up to 150 days). Fines (and prison sentences) are imposed when foreigners overstay their visa so make sure you’ve got all the right paperwork. Most work in Nepal is voluntary, and if you want to do it on the cheap, you’d be better to contact a school or company directly rather than going through a volunteering agency which will impose a fee. However, if this is your first TEFL trip abroad, the security of an organised trip is worth paying for.
Employers in Nepal
Adventure Alternative has volunteering programs in Nepal where you’ll live in a Sherpa community for a minimum of two weeks, although longer stints are preferred.
Education and Health Nepal is an NGO based in Kathmandu. They have a number of programs including teaching rural students. They ask for a minimum donation of £15 per day to cover your costs in Nepal as well as a £120 admin fee which covers all your local transport, food, and accommodation.
HELP (Himalayan Education Lifeline Program) looks for TEFL qualified volunteers who are mature, flexible, and resourceful. Open to volunteers aged 19+. Volunteer for a minimum of 8 weeks up to 6 months. Admin fee of £180, project donation of £300 (or £150 for students), and a contribution of about £100 per month for your accommodation and board. Applications are accepted around the year.
Hope Home Nepal looks for volunteers aged 18 – 35 who can come for 2 weeks up to three months. Homestay accommodation provided. Program fees are $200 for registration, $400 for a 2 week trip up to $1,000 for a 12-week trip.
The Kathmandu International School is one of the few international schools in Nepal.
KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project) runs English language courses which they need volunteer teachers for. The courses tend to last one month. You’ll live with a host family who provide three meals a day.
RCDP Nepal has various projects available asking from 1 to 12 weeks. Stay with a host family. You need to be fluent in English but no other qualifications are required. One of the most affordable volunteering companies. Projects start every 2 weeks throughout the year.
Check out the The TEFL Org Jobs Centre for listings of current teaching positions in Nepal.