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Gaunsahar
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Persons: 1 to 19
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 15858
Country: Nepal

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Last Updated: May 25, 2018

Hello, my name is Shamser. I am the principal of the primary school as well as a chair person for a local NGO in Lamjung, Nepal. My family has a homestay located in a beautiful part of northwestern Nepal on the top of a hill with stunning views of Annapurna, Fishtail, Manaslu, Peak 29 and Lamjung. My village is called Gaunshahar. It is the original abode of the royal family of Nepal that later relocated to Kathmandu. The small palace and courtyard still hosts traditional festivals that attract many people from all around many times a year. Gaunshahar is 4km uphill from Besisahar, one of the starting points of the famous Annapurna Circuit trek.

Our school currently welcomes 100 students, aged 3-10, divided into 7 grades; Pre-school, Lower Kindergarten, Upper Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2 , Grade 3 and Grade 4. We currently have 3 children with special needs. All students from the village are welcomed irrespective of caste, and we focus on helping students whose parents are unable to pay for school fees, uniforms, books, stationery and meals.

Current Projects
-We are constructing a building for our new 5th grade class . We will need people to do manual labor- digging holes, moving rocks, etc.
-Computer Lab: We are starting a computer lab and will need volunteers to help teach computer literacy and computer skills to the children
-Gardening: We are starting a gardening project to teach the children about agriculture, horticulture and science. The items produced from the garden will also be used in the cooking classes.
-Cooking classes: A kitchen is being added to the school to teach the children about hygiene, nutrition and cooking. We are interested in having volunteers sponsor this project and consider offering to teach the preparation of a dish from their country. We are excited about this activity as it will not only provide good meals for the children, it will expose them to a broad view of food and also provide an opportunity to teach English in an active setting. We expect to have six children at a time participate in the cooking classes which will take place on Saturday afternoons for 2 hours. (Saturday is usually a school day off so the children will attend school for only this event on those days.) If Volunteers are interested in learning how to cook Nepali cuisine, arrangements can be made on request.

we have school holiday (summer vacation) from 8th July , 2018 to 20 th of July 2018.
During Summer Vacation we ask volunteers to help planting rice, carrying maize from field to house, tutoring weak children and painting school.

During that time, we ask volunteers to help to carry rocks, sand , cement and bricks to build grade 5.

FALL 2018 VOLUNTEERS PLEASE NOTE:
The Academy will have holidays starting October 6 through October 24 and there will be no volunteer opportunities available at the school. Anyone interested in volunteering in this time frame will be asked to participate in a new project. We will be starting construction of a new school, the Academy, in a neighboring village. The village, Chandisthan (Saring) is about an hour from Ganushahar. Volunteers for this project must be prepared to camp during their visit and should bring tents and sleeping bags as well as water purification tablets. A temporary toilet will be built at the construction site and three meals will be provided. The largest Hindu festival in Nepal, the Dashain Festival will occur on October 17, 18, and 19. On these dates construction will cease and we will return to Gaunshahar to celebrate the festival. If you are interested in volunteering for the construction project in this timeframe, please send an email for information about logistics.

In 2017 we initiated our first camping project. The project involved taking the children of grade 3 on a two day camping trip to teach expose them to activities to build their self-confidence and self-reliance. Because of the positive outcome of the project we are going to do it again this year, again with the grade 3 children, likely between 15-17 students. In 2018 we will be camping with the children from November 12-14. If you are interested in participating in this project, please send information about the details related to equipment needed and logistics.

Thank you

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