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Beautiful Nepali mountain Peace School (Non-profit) seeks Principal and Temporary Volunteer Teachers

Posted By: Sarswati Peace School <peaceschoolnepal@gmail.com>
Date: Sunday, 4 May 2014, at 10:01 a.m.

Sarswati Peace school was founded in 2012 in the small village of Arupokhari in the Gorkha district of Nepal. After nearly a decade of brutal civil war, the Sarswati Peace school was built with the intention to help the next generation have a better life. This idyllic mountain village overlooks the beautiful white peaks of the Himalayas, with eagles soaring above and smiley Nepali villagers bustling around farming. The school was founded by a local Nepali who wanted to bring the opportunity of primary education and English language learning to his community. Equipped with internet access, a projector, three large outdoor playing spaces, and 12 small classrooms, this English-medium school has loads of potential. It currently serves a few hundred eager, joyful and well-mannered local children who grateful for the opportunity to learn. Current staff (chairman and teachers) are friendly, approachable and excited to work with foreigners.

view a short video on the building of the school here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDaqEhkpvI4

Available Positions:

Volunteer Teachers

Subjects: English, Science, Computer, Permaculture/Cooking and Library Teachers (English-medium school)

Duration: Minimum of 2 months

Start in June, July or August

You:

speak fluent English
have some experience working with children (ideally teaching experience)
are friendly, smiley and easy-going
are energetic, flexible and patient
enjoy living in the mountains
love working with children
are able to live happily in decent but simple living conditions
bring your own personality and expertise
are interested in running an extracurricular club before or after school (ex. football, yoga, meditation, volleyball, art, music, singing, dancing etc)
are willing to work with the principal and other teachers to improve the school
are interested in learning basic Nepali

We provide:

a home stay with a local family
two meals of organic fresh home-cooked dal baat (lentils and rice with veg) each day
beautiful, peaceful environment
clean water
clean air (“traffic” consists of one bus a day coming and leaving the village)
friendly students, teachers and families
flexibility of teaching of teaching options
workbooks (basic curriculum) already in place but easily amendable
* unfortunately, we are not able to pay for flights or visas

2. Principal

Minimum Requirements:

TESOL Certification plus 5+ years of teaching at the primary level
OR

BA in Education plus 3+ years of teaching at the primary level
PLUS
management or head teacher experience preferred
strong leadership skills
strong verbal, writing and listening skills
creative, compassionate and eager to make changes
responsible, liable, organized and self-motivated
inspired to make changes to help school reach its potential
excited for the opportunity to embrace and expand the peace school concept

Primary Duties:

set up a school schedule that incorporates reading time and media
hold weekly staff meetings with Nepali and Volunteer teachers
hold a 30 minute daily conversational English lesson with Nepali teachers
manage and recruit Volunteer teachers
engage with parents (with the help of the Nepali teachers)
organize small events for the school community
help make sure current resources are utilized

School provides:

option of independent modest living quarters with kitchen on-site or home stay with Nepali family
option of organic, freshly cooked dal baat (rice, lentils and veg) twice a day
small monthly stipend
support from lovely caring “chairman” who manages everything from financial logistics to covering for teachers
open and flexible environment to bring your ideas and personality to
* unfortunately, flights are not included in this stipend

To apply:

email a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position and when you are available, as well as your resume to peaceschoolnepal@gmail.com

please include which position you are interested in the subject line

***** as a former volunteer at Sarswati Peace school, I fully recommend this school and all the wonderful people who work there. If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of Nepali school children and living in a beautiful peaceful mountain area, this will be a great opportunity for you. Please feel free to include any questions you may have about the school or living arrangements as I will be happy to answer them. Thank you! ~Allison

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