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Job Title: Volunteer English Teacher

Department: Tsoknyi Gechak School (TGS)

Location: Tsoknyi Gechak Ling, Chobhar, Nepal

Reports to: Fionnuala Shenpen, Director, TGS

 

About us:

Tsoknyi Gechak School is a primary school for young nuns. While we keep Buddhist ethics at our core we follow the Nepali government curriculum.  Our subjects include Tibetan, Nepali, English & Math for all class groups as well as Social Studies and Science taught through English from class 1 up.  As of April 2016, we have 121 students and run a Lower Kindergarten, Upper Kindergarten, and Classes 1 to 6.

Purpose

We are looking for two energetic, flexible, and creative English teaching volunteers to join our nunnery community and teaching team. Volunteers will team teach with our class teachers (Lower Kindergarten, Upper Kindergarten and classes 1 & 2 (ages 5 to 9), and with our English teachers in classes 3 to 6 (ages 10 to 16). They may also teach an after school class to teaching staff and evening classes to older nuns in the Shedra (Buddhist College) and Trasang (practicing Sangha). We are asking volunteers to commit for five months. Our school year is divided into 2 terms: April to August and September to January.

We are particularly interested in improving all our students’ and teachers’ English pronunciation and in introducing English phonetics.  Knowledge, skill and experience in this area are particularly desirable.

 

Qualifications:

Required:

Native speaker of English

Bachelors degree or higher from an accredited institution

Experience teaching English as a Second or Foreign language

 

Preferred:

Women, though older men, monks, and couples are acceptable

Graduate of a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) or other similar program

Experience living in Nepal/India/Tibet or in a similar third world country

Knowledge of technology that is relevant and useful to English language learners

 

Working and Living Conditions

Volunteers will work 5 ½ days per week, including Monday through Friday and alternate Sundays.  School runs from 9am to 3pm and comprises 6 class periods.  After school staff classes are 3pm to 4pm. Trasang evening classes are scheduled from 5 to 6pm and may be included if we have 2 volunteers.  Typically Volunteers will be asked to teach 4 to 5 classes per day.  A work schedule including class planning time  will be worked out with the volunteers on arrival.

This is a volunteer position without salary or stipend.  Volunteers must cover their own travel expenses, health and travel insurance, tourist visa costs and pocket money.  Room and board at Tsoknyi Gechak Ling (TGL) are provided as well as 2 weeks holiday time during the five-month commitment.

Tsoknyi Gechak Ling is located outside Kathmandu in the small Newari village of Chobhar with few amenities or shops.  The larger town of Kirtipur is a half hour away on foot.  The public transport service to Kathmandu is poor and unscheduled and generally requires pushing into an already overcrowded bus.  Taxis to pick you up can be booked but are obviously more costly. It takes about 45 minutes to get into downtown Kathmandu by bus, 30 minutes to get to Swayambhunath and an hour and a half to get to Boudha

Life in Kathmandu has many challenges – daily electricity cuts of up to 14 hours and water shortages are normal.  Pot holes, overcrowded buses, crazy traffic, noise and dust are endemic.  Getting anything done can feel extremely difficult!  While in the future we aim to create TGL as an oasis of calm, at the moment it continues to be a dusty (or muddy) and noisy construction site.  Moreover, Tsoknyi Gechak School has been in operation for only three years.  We are therefore looking for brave hearted individuals who can cope with frustration, chaos, dust and language barriers!

 

To apply:

If Interested, contact Laura Hofer, TNN Volunteer Coordinator, at Laura.hofer438@gmail.com.