Come and join us as a volunteer teacher!

We are still looking for volunteers to teach in the village schools we support. If you are 19 years or older (there’s no upper age limit so long as you are healthy!), do consider making a difference to a poor Himalayan village community by donating some of your time this year, and , at the same time, have the time of your life!

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Newsletter 2018 (No. 16)

So here we are, in our 16th year, still doing our best to make a difference to the lives of young people in poor Himalayan communities in India and Nepal. We can be proud of what we have achieved with your help over these years, with new school buildings and classrooms constructed with your donations, young students being helped through their education with your sponsorship money, and standards of English in village schools being raised through the efforts of our volunteer teachers, and our teacher trainer, Barbara Porter.…

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Seniors welcome!

So long as you are healthy and active, you are never too old to be a HELP volunteer. Our minimum age requirement is 19, but we are just as happy to recruit seniors as young adults. Why not make the most of your retirement by volunteering with us! Here are some ex-volunteers who were not ready to throw in the towel and put their feet up!…

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Towns are thriving at the expense of villages in Nepal

By Marco Saaltink

In only four years time, I’ve noted a remarkable change in Nepal, most interestingly in education. At the end of 2014, a public school where I was volunteering—in the village of Changu Narayan, nearby the city of Bhaktapur—was planning to expand from grade 7 to grade 8. But now, only four years later, the highest level is grade 5. The student numbers have halved, at least. According to a local friend, this is due to more and more parents being able to afford to send their children by school bus to private schools.…

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HELP inspection visit: Ladakh, September 2018

I had the welcome opportunity to undertake an inspection visit to Ladakh in the first couple of weeks of September. It was great to renew my friendships and re-visit the schools we have been supporting for the last twelve years. Ladakh is a beautiful place, with very friendly people, in spite of the rapid growth in tourism since our programme began. The tourism it is receiving at present is relatively benign giving Ladakhis a way to improve their standard of living.…

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Lunch time at school in Ladakh


While visiting a remote school in Ladakh on an inspection visit, I came across this lunch-time scene. The food was being donated by a friendly monk, and it consisted of pretty thin gruel; but it was definitely better than nothing. HELP sends volunteer teachers to this school.

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Hard at work!

This little girl in a remote primary school in Sikkim got distracted by the photographer who was taking the picture through the classroom window. HELP supports her school with volunteer English teachers and with money for new buildings.

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A Kiwi in West Sikkim

Sophie Hudson has just sent in a description of her time in West Sikkim:

It’s hard to believe I’m nearing the end of my time in this amazing corner of the world. For the last few weeks I’ve been lucky enough to call Tathang, a remote and tiny village in West Sikkim, home. The outstanding landscapes and natural beauty of the area blow you away, but the people here are what makes this experience truly unforgettable.

It’s such a privilege to be able to work with the students and teachers here at Vidya Sagar.…

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HELP is rare for an organisation offering volunteer teaching in that it puts the needs of the local people before the desires of the western person wanting ‘the experience’.
Alastair SkeffingtonSaraswatimata Yumahangma English School