Hello, my name is Shamser. I am the principal of the primary school as well as a chair person for a local NGO in Lamjung, Nepal. My family has a homestay located in a beautiful part of northwestern Nepal on the top of a hill with stunning views of Annapurna, Fishtail, Manaslu, Peak 29 and Lamjung. My village is called Gaunshahar. It is the original abode of the royal family of Nepal that later relocated to Kathmandu. The small palace and courtyard still hosts traditional festivals that attract many people from all around many times a year. Gaunshahar is 4km uphill from Besisahar, one of the starting points of the famous Annapurna Circuit trek.
Our school currently welcomes 93 students, aged 3-10, divided into 6 grades; Pre-school, Lower Kindergarten, Upper Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3. We currently have 3 children with special needs. All students from the village are welcomed irrespective of caste, and we focus on helping students whose parents are unable to pay for school fees, uniforms, books, stationery and meals.
-We are constructing a building for our new 4th grade class as well as a kitchen in which to teach our children how to cook. We will need people to do manual labor- digging holes, moving rocks, etc.
we have school holiday from 1st of April 2018 to 14th of April 2018.
During that time, we ask volunteers to help to carry rocks to build computer class, to teach cooking lessons to our students and to prepare teaching materials.
Hilfe bei Ökoprojekten
Betreuung von Tieren
Hilfe bei Kunstprojekten
Hilfe mit Computer / Internet
Whilst staying with my family, we welcome any help you can give. Previous volunteers have participated in many different ways. Most commonly, people who visit help out at the school by assisting teachers, teaching classes, and running creative activities in the library. However, volunteer involvement is not limited to that. In the past, volunteers have designed, planned and acquired materials for projects to improve the infrastructure of the school, including painting projects, rebuilding old paths and gates and improving the electrical wiring. Other volunteer occupations have included teacher training initiatives, helping with grant writing and building our equine therapy program for our three students with Down Syndrome.
We have many projects for the future and we always welcome any new ideas that volunteers can bring. Don’t worry if you think you might not have any relevant skills, there are many ways to help in the school and the children will appreciate your efforts and support.
We ask volunteers to give about four hours help a day in any way you can. The rest of the day is yours!
We are particularly looking for people who are interested in staying for longer periods of time to become more integrated with the school, however we are still very happy to have people visit for any amount of time.
(Urgent) Now we are going to build a computer lab in the school .So If possible, we would like to ask to bring any used laptops for the school as a donation.
We are in the process of building a new kitchen to teach cooking skills to the children in our school. So if possible, please bring kitchen materials such as pots, pans, cutting boards, eating dishes and utinsels, etc. Also, f you have this brand in your country, please bring Irish Spring soap for use in the kitchen as well as to help keep rats out of our library.
Nepali, Hindi, English
Our homestay includes four shared guest rooms inside my family home, a traditional Nepali eco-roundhouse made from stone and a metal roof, and space to set up tents.
We ask volunteers to pay a small sum of 5 US dollars a day to stay here. This cost includes two meals, filtered water, tea, cold shower and WiFi. Our food is sourced almost entirely from local ingredients and we can easily accommodate vegetarian diets. Please note that the served food is basic, however you are able to stock up on extra items from Besisahar. In addition, we have a local shop where you can buy snacks, drinks and other items (such as toilet paper and water).
Getting to the Homestay
From Kathmandu to Besisashar
The quickest and easiest way is by microbus from the small Gongabu bus station (next to the New Bus Station). There are both local micro and tourist buses running from Kathmandu to Besisashar daily. Please try to take the earlier microbus, around 6 AM, in order to reach Besisashar early enough to take the bus up the mountain to Gaunshahar. The journey will take about 6 hours and will stop once for local food and a toilet break on the way. This bus should cost around 500 NPR (5 dollars).
From Pokhara to Besisashar
You can take either a tourist bus or a direct micro bus to Besisahar. There are several buses to choose from and the bus ride takes between 4 to 5 hours. Please try to take the earlier microbus in order to reach Besisashar early enough to take the bus up the mountain to Gaunshahar This bus should cost around 400 NPR (4 dollars).
Besisashar to Gaunshahar
You can either take the bus or walk up the mountain to our village.
If you choose to take the bus, you can catch either the pink and white (number 161) bus or the blue bus (numbered 7308). Both buses leave around 2 PM from in front of the Hotel Tukuche, every day of the week except for Saturday. The bus will cost about 100 NPR, but you may be charged an extra 100 NPR if you have large bags.
If you miss the bus, or prefer to walk, there is a trail up the mountain to Gaunshahar. There will be many people along your route and all will be happy to point you in the right direction. The hike is steep and will take about 1.5 hours to cover the 4 km uphill to the village. You can also take the road which is a more gentle ascent but is 7 km long. If you plan in advance, we can arrange a porter to assist you with your bags for 1000 NPR.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask, or if you have any problems in Besisahar please just give me a call from your mobile or from Hotel Tukuche.
Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang
Wir besitzen Tiere
Wir sind Raucher
mehr als zwei
During your time here you will get a strong sense of Nepali village life, and there are many activities you can engage in, including hiking, short walks in the nearby villages, or taking tea with the locals. The surrounding mountains and the tranquility of our village create a perfect setting for yoga and meditation. If you are interested in longer treks, we can help you organize trips around Lamjung. IN addition, Besisahar is one of the starting places of the Annapurna Circuit Trek, and the necessary permits can be purchased in town. If you like, we can also give you some Nepali lessons, so that that you can be acquainted with Nepali culture, history and language. Sometimes we have campfires, and I can give you a tour of the village where you can try our local wine. We can also teach volunteers to cook Nepali food, such as Dal Baht and organic local curry for breakfast or dinner.
If you like, I can also give each volunteer a certificate at the end of your stay, to use for future volunteering or when searching for a job.
3-4 hours a day 5 days a week
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