I am Ajay age of 38, I am founder and Principal of our academy, and involved in various clubs and actively attached with social services in our community. I have a Master's Degree in Political Science, and in English Literature from Tribhuvan University. I have been teaching for fifteen years.
Recently, established trekking and tour agency , working differently to educate disadvantaged children. The profits go directly for the development of school project.
My wife Bina Adhikari, age of 28, is an administrator at the academy and works in local women's groups as the leader in women's empowerment issues. Further, She Is the Director a Program. We have ten year old daughter Eminent
I founded the academy in 2007 after a final wish from my father, who was a pioneer in bringing English education into rural parts of Nepal. Sadly during the political crisis his school failed and he asked me to continue his dream of bringing education to all to develop communities.
Our academy is a government registered English medium Secondary level school located at small valley, Khanikhola , Dhading. Khanikhola is around 11 hundred meters from sea level with a comfortable climate. Our place is one hour drive from Kathmandu ( 25 Kilometers) and on the way to Pokhara. We currently have 300 students that range from nursery to class 10 (age 4-18).
We want to develop our community by educating young people through active involvement in education, women's issues, waste management,health, agriculture, languages, cultures, lifestyles, music, games and sports, the environment and its sustainability.
After the earthquake last year (2015) we have faced many challenges. The village of Khanikhola and our students homes were badly affected, Our Global Home in the countryside, which was saved from the devastating earthquake, a base for volunteers and my family.
Our Academy Mission
• We provide qualitative education to both underprivileged and privileged children irrespective of colour, creed religion and castes. Further, the students get ample opportunities to achieve their goals, establish social norms and values, and develop moral character in this ever changing world.
At the academy, we believe in an education based on proper caring, counselling, love , positive thinking with a rounded curriculum. Our curriculum is based on significant lessons of mental and spiritual well-being, a direct involvement with nature to learn about sustainability of the environment, as well as music, sports, personality development, elocution, organic farming, project work, poetry, scouting, creativity and services that have been provided to the students by utilizing limited and locally available resources.
At the Academy we provide our students the tools to unlock their potential and the freedom to explore the success in life in this ever changing world.
The wealth of skills, knowledge and experiences that are brought by volunteers really builds a multi-cultural link for our students with the wider world. We welcome volunteers with mutual understanding, cooperation and a willingness to share food, cultures, lifestyle, languages, skills. Therefore creating a worldwide network.
We also run The Great Mothers Programme to empower our students mothers within their home and community. We have been teaching 15 mothers to stitch along with other skills to develop family management and waste management, all working for poverty alleviation.
• Yale University's Service Project "Reach Out Spring Break Trip 2012". had been successfully completed their Trip at our Academy which helped students to learn many valuable lessons.
• Participated in the Junior Wushu World Championship in Singapore and Asian Championship in China
• 11 Gold medals at school-level Wushu games and 1 Gold medal in National Wushu Championship, including the best player award.
We have excellence performance in educational activities by using limited resources.
We are curious , friendly hosts and provide a traditional family experience for our volunteers. We hope to broaden our mutual understanding of other cultures, languages and lifestyles and share ideas to make our academy a success.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
Your experience with us will be friendly and peaceful and give you a real insight into village life. If you have an idea or skill you would specifically like to share with us then I would love to hear about it. There is also the possibility of teaching in your own language. Our student body consists of students from different castes and village cultures. We are happy take you on visits to the different villages and beautiful places in the surrounding countryside.
Volunteers can work in our school teaching languages, support students in class rooms.
We have a simple organic farm at our house that requires regular attention and care. we have included agriculture and environmental science in our curriculum to ensure their success. You may have the opportunity to work with parents and students on their farm, which supports their education.
We have work around our home, cleaning, gardening and building.
We have many different volunteer opportunities and duties that change around the year, as well as the opportunity to exchange cultures, lifestyles, languages.
Please specify the areas you are interested in when you inquire and I can try my best to accommodate you.
English, Nepali, Hindi
You will stay with me and my family in our global home which was supported by our growing global community in the countryside, with a cosy, basic room to sleep.
We eat simple Nepalese foods, mainly Daal, bhat which is curry with organic vegetables. We will provide simple meals for our volunteers.
Some seasonal fruits which grow in our community which you may purchase if you wish.
The village is set in the rural countryside of Nepal, we can advise you on short walks you can do in the area. We will go out of our way to include you in our family life and routine and any festivities that may be taking place.
The success of our school and volunteer dedication has enabled us to develop the non for profit, first trekking and tour company in rural Nepal. We can now provide employment opportunities to our former students and a trekking experience for our volunteers. If you would like to trek with us, please ask me for more details. All proceeds of this new venture we will put back into our school and you will be able to see exactly how your money is benefiting our community.
Due to continuous hardships we are in need of some basic items. We do not ask for money, your time and skills are rich enough for us. However, if you would like to contribute whilst you are here it will always be appreciated. We have a sponsorship initiative for our most vulnerable students. We are also in need of some basic items. If you have or can aquire any of these items second hand and would like to bring them with you we would be very grateful:
-Curtains, bedsheets, pillow cases for our global home
-Laptops, tablets, netbooks
-Educational posters for classrooms
-General school supplies - pens, colouring pencils, rulers etc
- sponsoring children
We are also trying to build up a school library and global home library and would love it if every volunteer could donate one book for our students to develop.
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