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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: November 26, 2019

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. I was recently selected for top 50 finalists for Global Teacher Prize for 2019. 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 over 100 students, aged 3-10, divided into 8 grades; Pre-school, Lower Kindergarten, Upper Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2 , Grade 3, Grade 4 and Grade 5. We currently have 4 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.

Projects
-We are constructing grade 7 now and currently we need a lot of volunteers to help moving rocks, bricks,sand, cement and digging hole for building.
-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.

Thank you so much.

we have school holiday from 1 April to 7th April, 2020.

6th-12th April: Saring construction project
During the above period we are planning to build up a classroom in Saring, a village next to Gaunshahar, in the New Vision Learning Academy. All volunteers are needed to go there and help with construction work. For example digging, building, transporting bricks, stones, sand and cement etc. There are classrooms or tents to sleep in, with sleeping bags provided. We will spend a whole week there cooking and working. So if you are planning to come in this period, please give me a call. Thank you and namaste.

Note= please let us know the fixed dates for here.
Thanks

Getting to the Homestay

From Kathmandu to Besisashar
The quickest and easiest way is by microbus from the small Gongabu bus station (next to the New Bus Station). There are both local micro and tourist buses running from Kathmandu to Besisashar daily. Please try to take the earlier microbus, around 7.30 AM, in order to reach Besisashar at 4 PM to take jeep up the mountain to Gaunshahar. The journey will take about 6 hours and will stop once for local food and a toilet break on the way. This bus should cost around 500 NPR (5 dollars).

From Pokhara to Besisashar
You can take either a tourist bus or a direct micro bus to Besisahar. There are several buses to choose from and the bus ride takes between 4 to 5 hours. Please try to 9 AM bus in order to reach Besisashar at 4 to take jeep up the mountain to Gaunshahar This bus should cost around 400 NPR (4 dollars).

Besisashar to Gaunshahar
You can either take a jeep or walk up the mountain to our village. Walking up to Gaunshahar is quite steepy so recommmend to take jeep.
. A jeep leaves at 4 PM from in front of the Hotel Tukuche, every day of the week . But if you want to come on Saturday There is no jeep so you need to reserve the jeep and it costs is 2500 NPRS. The jeep costs only 200 NPR which leaves at 4.
If you miss the jeep or prefer to walk, there is a trail up the mountain to Gaunshahar (When you arrive in Gaunshahar , just ask SHAMSER HOUSE ) anyone will show the house.There will be many people along your route and all will be happy to point you in the right direction. The hike is steep and will take about 2 hours to cover the 4 km uphill to the village. You can also take the road which is a more gentle ascent but is 7 km long. If you plan in advance, we can arrange a porter to assist you with your bags for 1000 NPR.
Or if you want a jeep after 4 Pm or other time , you can reserve a jeep it costs 2500 NPR. before reserve please call me, I can arrange you.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask, or if you have any problems in Besisahar please just give me a call from your mobile or from Hotel Tukuche.

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