Nepal

The Nepal Global Education Program places students in schools around Kathmandu area. Students will teach in classrooms with limited resources requiring them to show initiative, flexibility and a sense of humour. While the program can be challenging, the outcomes are highly rewarding.

Nepal GEP

  • Program dates: 30 October - 27 November 2017

Approved units for GEP Nepal:

Course name Unit approved for Nepal placement Elective unit - enrolment in Trimester 3
Bachelor of Education (Primary) E359 ETP302 Curriculum Inquiry EEG302 Place, Culture & Teaching in a Global Context
Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/ Bachelor of Arts D347


Bachelor of Teaching (Science)/Bachelor of Science D351

Bachelor of Health and Physical Education E377
EPP304 Ways of Knowing Children and Adolescents


EPP304 Ways of Knowing Children and Adolescents


EPP305 Policy, Schooling and Society (T1 2018 enrolment)
EEG302 Place, Culture & Teaching in a Global Context
Only for D347 students with space for an education elective.

Students will be asked to nominate in their online application which unit their GEP Nepal will be contributing towards.

Plan your course. Talk to a Course Adviser for course planning advise and Professional Experience about which practicum unit/s you will have available in 2017.

GEP Nepal coordinator

Sue Bennett sue.bennett@deakin.edu.au

Additional program requirements:

  • Attend information and pre-departure sessions run by Deakin Abroad, Work Integrated Learning (WIL) and the program coordinators
  • Complete all materials once application is accepted including applying for Deakin travel insurance
  • Current passport with 6 months of time on it before program ends. Please note if you do not have a current passport you should arrange this as soon as possible.

Applications for GEP Nepal 2017 have closed.

Program outline

Nepal is located along the Himalayas, between China and India, and includes eight of the ten tallest mountains in the world including Mount Everest. It is a developing country and according to Wikipedia in 2010/11 almost one quarter of the population was living on less than $1 a day. The majority of the population are Hindu, with a small minority being Buddhist. The capital city is Kathmandu, which had a population of 700,000 in 2008. Kathmandu is a popular hub for trekking and mountaineering, with tourism being one of the mainstays of the country's economy.

The NEPAL GEP begins with a short trip into the rural area surrounding Kathmandu, which includes visits to religious and cultural sites and a short trek to a rural village and a visit to one of the village schools. This provides an introduction to life in Nepal and an opportunity to learn some Nepali and to get to know each other. You will teach at the rural school for a day and have an opportunity to see how the students and teachers interact. You will then return to Kathmandu to prepare for your practicum in local schools – this will include orientation activities and planning time. You will teach in the Kathmandu schools for twelve days over two weeks.

The teaching program in Nepal takes place in poorly funded government schools with few resources and requires a high degree of cultural sensitivity and respect for a wide range of diverse cultural practices. There are few of the 'normal' teaching and learning resources and participants in this program need to show initiative, flexibility, adaptability and a sense of humour when working with local students and teachers. The benefit is that you will quickly develop new understandings about curriculum and pedagogies.

A challenging perspective of the schools is that only some of the teachers in the schools speak fluent English and some of the classrooms are crowded. However, on a positive note the students are very keen to learn and engage with the Australian teachers. This is a unique opportunity to not only hone your teaching and learning skills, but to also grow as a person.

Accommodation is generally in a local hotel that is situated within 15-20 minutes walking distance to the schools you will be teaching in. There are opportunities to experience many cultural attractions such as temples and shrines, historical sites, local gardens, interesting food and life in a very different world.

Costs (approx.)

Costs (approx.)

$3,750.

What is included in the program price

  • Round trip airfare to Kathmandu
  • All accommodation (shared rooms in hotels and tents in the rural village)
  • All meals on rural tour
  • Breakfasts in Kathmandu
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Gifts for teachers and school

Items not included that the students should budget for

  • Unit enrolment fees
  • Passport and Visa fees
  • Vaccinations
  • Spending money
  • Tourist Activities
  • Transport in Kathmandu
  • Meals not specified on the itinerary

Studying overseas doesn't need to break the bank. You could be eligible for financial assistance to help with the cost of travel, accommodation and program costs. Find out what options are available:

Financial Assistance

Nepal scene

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