TEFL in Kathmandu / TESOL in Kathmandu (Nepal)
The TEFL Center in Kathmandu is located approximately 2.5 miles (4 km) away from the international airport and 1.8 miles (3 km) from where the major tourist attractions are. Accommodated in a four-storey building, it is a new school with modern conveniences for the TEFL trainees. The school features spacious classrooms, has wireless Internet and offers fax/copy machine access to all teacher students. A small library is on site.
During breaks, TEFL course participants have access to coffee shops and restaurants nearby preparing international and local meals. Restaurant meals are very inexpensive in Nepal.
Free airport pickup with prior notice
120-HOUR ON-SITE TESOL CERTIFICATION
(100% ON-SITE TRAINING)
Dates in 2016
- • 1 August – 26 August
- • 5 September – 30 September
- • 3 October – 28 October
- • 7 November – 2 December
- • 5 December – 30 December
- • Total course fee: $1,800
- • Deposit: US $900 (due at the time of registration)
- • Balance payment: US $900 (due 30 days before the first course day)
About two thirds of female adults and one third of male adults are illiterate. Net primary enrollment rate at schools throughout the country was 74% in 2005. It is currently at about 90%. Nepal is in desperate need of education.
The demand for TESOL/TEFL teachers is high in Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhakatpur. Teaching opportunities are available in state primary & secondary schools as well as in private language schools. The demand is in general English and English for young learners. The school year runs from September to July with contracts anywhere from three to twelve months. A full-time job is between 25 and 30 teaching hours. Schools provide neither airfare nor health insurance. Holidays are sometimes paid. Your pay rate depends on your teaching qualifications and is above the cost of living. Established institutions may obtain a work permit for you. Nepal doesn’t require you to be a native English speaker as long as you speak your English very well.
Teaching English in Nepal provides a fantastic opportunity for individuals to familiarize themselves with the language and culture in a more relaxed setting. Whereas vacations have obvious restrictions, spending a period teaching in Nepal ensures that you will get far closer to experiencing real culture and real life in Nepal. Prior to moving to Nepal to teach English, it is essential that you first do some homework. Suggestions include the following:
Familiarize yourself with the local culture in Nepal and learn about some basic dos and don’ts!
Learn some Nepali. This will ensure that you will be able to communicate. English is not generally spoken in Nepal.
Gain an insight into the basic transactions of everyday life in Nepal, such as currency, getting around, etc.
Research some of the voluntary organizations in Nepal. If you are not going there purely to make money, then you may wish to devote your time to teaching English to groups of individuals who may lack opportunity in their lives.
Obtain information relating to safety in Nepal. Ensure that you understand where you may be vulnerable as a foreigner and avoid all such situations.
During your TEFL certification, we will provide you with more detailed information about teaching opportunities in Nepal and assist you in finding a teaching job.
Kathmandu Valley is nestled deep within mystical Nepal. It is home to five municipalities—one of it being Kathmandu. The valley houses some of the most spiritual and powerful Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world. Most of them have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site for over thirty years.
It is said that Pashupatinath Temple was built as far back as 1,500 years ago. The Hindu temple is a place of supreme spirituality. Non-Hindu visitors may only look at this temple from the banks of the Bagmati River.
Chabahil is the historic location of a famous stupa, or Buddhist treasure and tribute mound. Most date the stupa to as far back as the 3rd century BC, although it may prove to be much older.
A holy site of record among many holy sites, Boudhanath, in the appropriately titled town of Bouddha, is a mere 7 miles (11 km) from Kathmandu. The colossal stupa provides Nepal with one of the most recognizable Buddhist shrines on record and certainly one of the most beautiful. The UNESCO World Heritage Site was built around 500 AD.
The Newar (native people of Kathmandu Valley) town of Bhaktapur is another precious site in Nepal. The main square of Durbar – common to all three major metro areas of the Valley – is the focal point for spiritual and secular visitors. In this city of just over 60,000 people, the main attractions line the picturesque plaza. They include the National Gallery, the former Mullah palace, and several Hindu temples. Known as Nepal’s “City of Culture”, Bhaktapur is a must-visit destination in the Kathmandu Valley.
Nepal has eight of the 14 highest mountains in the world, situated along the Himalayan range. The world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest stands high above the range in north eastern region of the country. The breath-taking view of these mountains attracts many tourists. Thousands of trekkers and adventure seekers come to Nepal each year to visit the foot hills of the Himalayas, along with hundreds of adventure seekers, who take up to challenge nature by making their attempt on the high mountains. Known as a paradise for mountaineers, for whom Nepal has become a place of pilgrimage and setting their foot on the Nepalese mountains a life time dream.
Nepal is the country of extremes. The low-land plains of the Terai can have tropical temperatures and also the mosquitoes. The Himalayas can get to sub-zero temperatures, but the sun blaze can bring some warmth during the day, even in the mountains. The temperature of Kathmandu goes below 1° C (34° F) in winter and rises to an average of 25° C (77° F) in summer.
The country has four climatic seasons. Spring is between March and May. The temperature is mildly warm in the low lands while moderate in the higher altitudes. Spring is also the time when the national flower of Nepal—rhododendron—beautifies the country. Temperatures range between 16-23° C (61-73° F).
Summer (between June and August) is also the monsoon season in Nepal. It’s hot and wet at times with daily rains in the evening. The temperatures are 23-25° C (73-77° F). The vegetation is lush green.
The best tourist season in Nepal is in fall with the summer gone by and the winter to set in. With highly pleasant weather and with almost guaranteed mountain views, fall is the peak season for trekking. This is also the season of festivities, as Nepal celebrates the biggest Hindu festivals Dashain followed by Tihar.
During winter (from December to February), the weather is cool, and the sky is clear with occasional snowfalls at higher elevations. Temperatures range from 9-12° C (48-54° F).