An Internship in Nepal is the adventure you've been waiting for
Experience an Internship like no other when you travel to Nepal with AV. The people are so welcoming and the landscape is simply breathtaking. Not only will the work experience you get in the local classrooms enhance your CV or Resume, you will get so much more out of an Internship in Nepal that you may find your outlook on life is changed completely by the time you get back home!
What can you do on an Internship or Work Experience Program?
Work with Children
For rewarding work experience you will never forget, volunteer to teach children in the developing world on an AV Internship. Teach English, Drama, Music, Sport, Dance or whatever you enjoy!
Enjoy an adventure of a lifetime
All of the countries that we work in offer amazing adventure travel opportunities so stay on after your Internship to experience all the country has to offer.
Enhance your CV or Resume
Get stand out work experience and you can even get qualifications such as TEFL/TESOL while you are away, all of which will help you to get ahead of the graduate pack in interviews.
Learn skills for life
We guarantee you will walk away from your work experience with AV with a whole host of life skills that you will take with you in your future and may even change the course of your life for the better.
Rory explains how his work experience with AV got him his dream job….
This was, without a doubt, a landmark period in my life to date. Plunging myself into a group of almost thirty strangers, in an alien country far away from my comparatively simple life in England. The primary focus of the stay was to teach; in my case it was English and Science and Technology along with a bit of after school football, although, it quickly became apparent I was the student when it came football. However, by no means did teaching take up all my time. There was plenty of time left for travel and play. I made many excellent friends, many of whom I am still in contact with and outstanding memories. Everyone I met from then on was bombarded with my stories and pictures from the experience, whether they liked it or not; such was my enthusiasm for the project.
The short term gains are clear to me; I had a fantastic experience. Now, a few years down the line, the longer term gains are equally powerful. People who knew me before have seen my broad personal development: confidence, independence and interpersonal skills have all rocketed.
However, when it came, applying for jobs post university is when the experience became invaluable. The figures I hear of, for applicants to jobs available make my draw drop. I recently joined, Pricewaterhouse Coopers; one of the world’s leading professional services firms. In the year after I joined there were over 30,000 applicants for only around 1,500 jobs; that is 20 people applying for a single place. The current job market is so competitive that any chance to differentiate yourself must be seized with both hands. Being able to recall on experiences to demonstrate key competencies recruiters are looking for, such as “teamwork” or “learning from experience”, is vital. AV gave me these experiences in abundance Experiences like working in a Tesco or being a school prefect are good, but do not always cut the mustard. You must ask yourself; how many other people can talk at length about their two month summer job in Tesco? The answer is quite a few.
So if asked would I do it all again; my resolute answer is yes! The boost it leveraged for me in the job market is plain. I know some people say these sorts of programmes are too expensive and waste of money, not a view that I share. Not having a job post university will cause you to forego far more than a few thousand pounds. It is an experience worth every penny, in all senses, one which has helped shape my life, of that I am sure.
At Africa & Asia Venture (AV) we believe in a different type of Internship
Where there’s adventure and excitement but also where you find your second home.
Where you don’t just look at the scenery, you become part of the community.
It’s more than travel. It’s more than work experience.
It’s a different way to see the world.
Internship in Nepal: Program Summary
Accommodation: Self catered AV houses
Dates: You can go for as long as you like, whenever you like for work experience that fits around your schedule.
Skills: Public speaking, planning, communication, time management, team work, organisation, self confidence… and many more!
Explore further: Trekking, Temples, Beaches, Wildlife, Paragliding
About the Internship
Briefing & Orientation
You will fly into Kathmandu, where you will be met by our Nepal AV representative. That night you will stay in a small hotel in Thamel, Nepal’s backpacker HQ and we will visit the Rum Doodle, a local bar frequented by those who have climbed Everest. The following day you will visit Kathmandu: the Pashupatinath Temple, the Boudanath Stupa and the ancient city of Pathan. The following day we will travel up into the hills for the orientation course.
This is a chance to settle in, unwind after the hectic few days leading up to your departure and a long journey, as well as an opportunity to get to know your work experience group. The orientation course is important to make sure you are fully prepared when you start your project work. In this incredibly tranquil spot we will cover:
- Nepali language
- Nepali history, religion, customs and culture
- Safety, health and security
- Advice on communicating with your students and how to structure your English sessions
After the course we will take you and your partner to your new home in Syangja. To get there involves about a 7 hour bus journey westwards from the Kathmandu Valley along the winding main road towards Pokhara and then up side roads to Syangja, with snow clad mountains on the flanks.
Once there the AV representative will leave you to settle into your new home, but remember they’re never more than a phone call away if you need them.
After a warm welcome from the local school, usually with a few flowers or garlands, you will quickly settle into the local way of life and develop a routine, although rarely will two days be the same!
Each morning you will walk to the nearby school in time for the start of the day at around 9.00am – be warned that you are living in rural areas and that, in one or two cases, there is a small hill to climb to get there! If you have chosen to spend some time in the classroom helping with English then you can work alone, with your fellow AV partner or alongside a Nepali teacher. Most schools we work with are secondary schools where the English is of a basic standard but are in need of help with conversational English. You may find you would prefer to run smaller or one-to-one sessions with those children who are struggling so you can direct your help at those who need it the most. In many schools children are taught in Nepali, but you will be running your classes or sessions in English. In the ex-servicemen schools, you may be asked to help with other subjects in English too. You’ll be in demand so help wherever you can, it’s all great work experience!
Outside the classroom you are also encouraged to assist with sports. There are a few sports’ pitches – the hills are too steep to carve out many football grounds – but a game of volleyball or football is usually happening somehow, somewhere. Towns have pitches for use at weekends and you will be very popular if you arrange inter-school matches. Most children return home at the end of school but you will be popular if you introduce after school activities and clubs, helping with games or music at the end of the day.
You will be looked after by the English teacher, but other members of the staff may also become your friends. They will enjoy playing cards in the staff room, a good chance to get to know them and learn Nepali.
At weekends you can stay at home or travel further afield. You may take part in school activities, organising sports or going on picnics. Alternatively you can head into town to do some shopping, check emails, catch up on news from home, or meet up with other AVs, visit their schools and travel in the local area. A popular town to visit is Pokhara where you might also get up to see the sunrise on Annapurna – a spectacular sight. Many AVs also take up the chance to go paragliding here, getting a real ‘birds eye’ view of the incredible scene.
You will live in a designated AV self catered house in two’s or three’s, within a community. An important part of the Internship in Nepal is living in local accommodation, shopping in the markets, being invited to people’s houses and making friends in the community. The landlord of the house will act as your host and you will get to know the family well. The house itself will have a bedroom(s), a (cold) shower and a toilet (Asian style), a cooking/communal area and somewhere to wash. Electricity can be intermittent so prepare for frequent power cuts! You will grow to love it and soon feel very much at home!
We encourage independence and so you won’t have someone cooking and looking after you – it’s a chance to step up and take responsibility. You will be given a daily food allowance and will be expected to shop and cook for yourself. This is the best way of getting to know people, being involved in the community and gaining an understanding of living there – you are not a bystander watching from afar.
Your landlord will always be on hand to help, and your AV representative is never far away to assist whenever needed. They can be contacted by phone 24/7 and will visit you during your project.
As your Internship in Nepal comes to an end, AV offers you the chance to stay on for additional independent travel time, to ensure a good balance of work experience and travel.
Nepal is renowned for its spectacular trekking in the Himalayas but also has lots of exciting and beautiful places to explore, whilst India is right next door.
From our experience travelling is often when problems occur, from lost passports to getting ill – that’s why we offer this extra travel time to ensure that you experience as much as possible but with the continued 24/7 support from us whilst you do so.
Dates & Costs
Both during and after your project, you’ll have the opportunity to explore. These are a few of the many travel options Nepal AVs have done in the past:
- Go Paragliding for a birds eye view of the incredible landscape
- Trekking to the Annapurna or Everest Base Camp which offers some of the most compelling scenery in the world
- Visiting Buddha’s birthplace
- Searching for a tiger in one of Nepal’s famous national parks
- Travelling on into India, which offers some incredible variety from palm-fringed shores to hot or cold deserts and a history that stretches well beyond the earliest European civilizations.
There is no shortage of things to do and see, our only rule is that you do not travel alone!
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