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Namaste! My name is Shamser, I am the principal of this Academy, a primary school in my village, Gaunshahar, located in a beautiful part of northwestern Nepal on the top of a hill with stunning views on the Himalayas.
I opened my first school in Gaunshahar in 2015, with the ambition to offer a free and non-violent education to the children of my village and its surroundings:
- Free because most families of my district are poor and often cannot pay for their children's education, leading to a high drop-out risk. This is why we offer all children school fees, uniforms, books, stationery and meals.
- Non-violent because the educational system in Nepal is still very often based on the traditional hitting system, with 80% of Nepali children educated with physical punishment and violent discipline, leading to physical and psychological trauma.
This is the first free non-violent school ever open in Nepal, and this educational project led me to be selected as top 50 finalists of the Global Teacher Prize in 2019 (similar to Nobel Prize for teachers).
But I am invited to Germany for
a wedding ( June 4, 2022) and to visit differdent schools in Germany, Denmark, switzerland and Belgium so I am planning to go to Germany sometime from around May 20 to around 5th of July 2022 so during this time you might not able to meet me personally but in my house , my wife will be arrange everything for you and at school vice principals will arrange everything for you and I will also stay on contacts where ever I am so feel free to ask any questions.
Additionally I opened three smaller schools in my district, in 2015 and 2021, and those three schools altogether welcome over 220 children from age 3 to 13. In 2021, we also started to run a school bus to allow children from far villages to reach the school. All children from the area are welcomed irrespective of cast and disabilities, and we have expansion ambitions as the demand for our school coming from all the surrounding villages gets bigger every year: this is why we need your help !
We welcome any type of help, from teaching to building, painting or cooking: you can see more details and our current projects in the "Help" section!
We ask volunteers to help 4 to 5 hours per day, 5 days a week.
Many thanks for your interest, and don't hesitate to reach out for any question !
Note= we have school holidays because of greatest Festival ,Dashain, like your Christmas from 26th September to 9th October 2022 .Still we host volunteers to help here for construction, painting and can enjoy with us the festival.
Trabajo de caridad
Práctica de idiomas
Ayuda en proyectos ecológicos
Proyectos de construcción y bricolaje
Cocinar para toda la familia
Ayuda con ordenadores/Internet
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.
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. 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.
The surrounding mountains and the tranquility of our village create a perfect setting for yoga and meditation. 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 Bhat 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.
En este proyecto podría haber niños. Para obtener más información, consulta nuestras directrices y consejos aquí.
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, like 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 ongoing 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 4 hours help a day, 5 days a week ( Saturday is off in Nepal), in any way you can. The rest of the day is yours! We are particularly looking for people who are interested in staying for long 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.
- Construction: we are curently building a school library (that will also be accessible to Gaunshahar community) and we need a lot of volunteers to help moving rocks, bricks, sand, cement and digging hole for building.
- Horse therapy: we have 3 children with Down syndrom and we need a few volunteers to run horse therapy sessions with them, as horse can improve a lot their general abilities.
- Computer Lab: we are starting a computer lab and will need volunteers to help teach computer literacy and computer skills to the children.
- Gardening: we are starting a gardening project to teach the children about agriculture, horticulture and science. The items produced from the garden will also be used in the cooking classes. This project is at very early stage and we would need volunteers with gardening knowledge to kick it off !
- Cooking classes: a kitchen is being added to the school to teach the children about hygiene, nutrition and cooking. We are interested in having volunteers sponsor this project and consider offering to teach the preparation of a dish from their country. We are excited about this activity as it will not only provide good meals for the children, it will expose them to a broad view of food and also provide an opportunity to teach English in an active setting. We expect to have six children at a time participate in the cooking classes which will take place on Saturday afternoons for 2 hours. (Saturday is usually a school day off so the children will attend school for only this event on those days.) If Volunteers are interested in learning how to cook Nepali cuisine, arrangements can be made on request.
Our homestay includes two shared guest rooms inside my family home, and a traditional Nepali eco-roundhouse made from stone and a metal roof with 10 additional beds.
We ask volunteers to pay a small amount of 5 US dollars per day to stay here : this cost includes housing, three meals a day, hot and cold showers 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 (we generally have Dal Bhat for breakfast and dinner, and lunch can vary depending on the school menu), however you are able to stock up on extra items from Besisahar. Next to our house, you can also find several shops 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 BG Mall). There are both local micro and tourist buses running from Kathmandu to Besisashar daily. The journey will take about 7 hours and the bus will stop several times for local food and a toilet break on the way. This bus should cost around 700 NPR (6 dollars). Try to take early starts (around 7:30 am) to be sure to get the last bus (at 5PM) from Besisahar to Gaunshahar.
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. This bus should cost around 400 NPR (3 dollars). Please try to 9 AM bus in order to reach Besisashar at 4 to take the bus up the mountain to Gaunshahar.
From Besisashar to Gaunshahar
You can either take the bus or walk up the mountain to our village. Walking up to Gaunshahar is quite steepy so we recommmend to take the bus. In any case, please inform me of the timing of your arrival at least 2 days in advance, so that I can supervise if necessary.
The Gaunshahar bus (called "Royal Gaunshahar Kalika") leaves at 2:30 PM and 5PM every day of the week except on Saturdays (no bus) and bank holidays (bus at 2:30PM only). The meeting point is in front of the Tukuche Hotel in Besisahar (the driver will pick you up there) and it costs 100 NPR. If you arrive on a Saturday or on a bank holiday after 2:30PM, you need to reserve either a jeep for 2000 NPR or a motorbike for 600 NPR: just reach out to me and I will arrange.
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 hour 30 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.
The last option to arrive is to take a private car from Katmandu airport directly to Gaunshahar (cost is around 120 dollars), I can arrange this for you if you wish.
When you arrive in Gaunshahar, just ask Shamser's house, anyone will show the house.
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.
Acceso a Internet
Acceso a Internet limitado
Puede alojar familias
Más de dos
4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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