Volunteer testimonial

“What drew me to HELP initially is HELP’s commitment to aid the schools…..
Regarding the application process, I felt like HELP was quite good in the pre-departure aspect in providing information and connecting new volunteers with past volunteers. However, Nepal can be quite overwhelming; therefore, slightly more support once volunteers arrive could be beneficial. And because our placement can be quite isolating, possibly connecting us with other current volunteers might be helpful. Overall it was a pleasant experience with HELP.”

“When I landed in Nepal, I knew this was going to be an unforgettable experience. Kathmandu was very overwhelming, the traffic, the crowds. I was a little bit worried about what I have gotten myself into. The first few days at school did nothing to calm my nerves. The structure, the method of teaching were all so unfamiliar to me. And as a teacher who relies on activities, and therefore the printer, to drive the class, I was a bit apprehensive about not having a printer. While these obstacles challenged me, they allowed me to push the boundaries of my teaching abilities. Through this experience, I learned a lot about about myself, both as a person and as a teacher. And as my time in Nepal comes to an end, I am grateful for the connections I was able to build with my students and I am sad that I am leaving them so soon.”

Veeda Huang: Kathmandu Valley, 2019

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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