Teaching, General Teaching Projects in Nepal by Alison Laycock
Degree and PGCE (teaching qualification)
5 years’ teaching experience in Secondary schools
Alison spent two months in Nepal working as a Teacher Trained. She used her experience of working as a teacher to help local staff at a school in Kathmandu, Nepal. This is what she had to say about the project:
"Volunteering as a Teacher Trainer in Nepal was the most amazing experience. My colleagues were so friendly and welcoming."
The Project Partner
Alison worked alongside Mr.Yagya Ratna Shakya who is the Principal of the Clark Memorial Himalayan Primary School. He is an experienced educator who was keen to use Alison’s skills as much as possible. They formed a team with local staff in order to discuss what improvements could be made to the overall running of the school.
They then all worked together to put these changes into practice. The hope is that over time this will really make a difference at the school. Alison took over from another qualified volunteer, Joanne Bean. Now that there has been some continuity, the staff at Clark Memorial are in a position where they fully understand and appreciate the role of skilled volunteers. This ensures that Alison’s work will be continued now that she has left Nepal.
Role of the Volunteer
Alison's role at the school included the following:
- Holding workshops with local teachers to give them training in different teaching methods.
- Teaching lessons so that staff could observe the different methods in practice.
- Observing classes and providing feedback to aid improvement.
- Working with the school Principal and a team of staff to improve in areas such as implementing school rules and maintaining an organised working environment.
Benefits to the community
Alison put a great deal of work into this project, building on the work of her predecessor Joanne Bean. This is what she had to say about the impact of this work on the local community:
“The Principal and the teachers were very grateful for the input from all volunteers and the teaching methods they learnt helped them in their teaching and benefitted the students in their learning. The teachers have very little experience so to be given the time to learn new games and activities to enhance their teaching and to be shown how to plan and deliver their lessons is an amazing and invaluable opportunity for them. All the teachers worked very hard on implementing the new teaching techniques and using new resources. It was an absolute pleasure to be involved with this school and the teachers!”
“The teachers and the family I stayed with were continually discussing and explaining their culture to me. I guess the main cross cultural exchange was through the discussions of schools and teaching methods which they wanted to know about in the UK. In addition to this, I learnt every day about the Nepali systems. They welcomed me into their homes and were eager to thank me for the work I did.”