We take pride to make your application process easy and to provide a resource for your questions. If you do not see your question below please contact us and we will answer you right away.
We accept applications on a rolling basis, although below are the final dates to submit your application for each season. While the application itself does not require much time, the process to set up your personalized TTT experience can take our team a couple months. While we coordinate with the school district and community partners that will host you in Nepal, we will also conduct weekly Skype meetings with you to help prepare you to teach English as a foreign language in the classroom. For this reason, we do ask that you try to apply at least 60 days before your desired departure date.
The final days to apply for our program are listed below based on the season you wish to go. Please be advised that our Spring and Fall terms sometimes fill up significantly before the application deadline, so apply well in advance if you know the term you want to participate in. Here are the dates:
- Summer (July 11 – Sept 12) – May 11 application deadline
- Fall (October 22 – Dec 31) – August 20 application deadline
- Winter (Jan 1 – March 7) – November 1st application deadline
- Spring (April 10 – June 10) – February 10th application deadline
Trek to Teach pushes the boundaries of educational limitations for rural youth by developing relationships that ignite inspiration and passion for education across borders. We work within the existing curriculums in the communities we serve so the work we do is motivated by the communities and not by our organization. We seek to connect passionate, talented, creative volunteers that are fluent in English with our communities so that the students we serve benefit from the knowledge of our volunteers. It is a win-win situation and really transforms the worldview of everyone involved. When you volunteer with us, you are signing up for an authentic experience to live and work in a small rural community.
Our application process is very straightforward. First you will want to determine what term you would like to go to Nepal. This can be discussed and altered in the future if necessary. To apply you will need your resume and a cover letter (specified to why you want to participate in TTT). We do love to read personal references as well but that is not required. The application process also includes three short essay questions:
1) Who has inspired you the most and why?
2) What do you have to offer to Nepali students?
3) What have you learned (or will you learn) in the past year and how has it changed you?
Our application process is as easy as 1-2-3! Just give us your contact information, your professional documents, and answer the essay questions and you will hear back from us within 48 hours!
Note to applicant: We do recommend you put thought into the essays, we have rejected many applicants based on a lackluster application.
There are different program options available to the inquiring teacher. Each one varies for the amount of time and is dependent upon and coordinated with, the Nepali school’s term.
School session starts in the middle of April and ends in December. A teacher will be able to start teaching in April and will be able to stay for increments of a month, starting with 10 weeks and as long as 8 months. The cost of the program, including the airfare that you will pay for, will likely add up to be less than the current cost of living your day to day life in an apartment in America or Europe.
10 Weeks = $3,600
Every week beyond the 10th will cost $200 USD.
Each program is priced based upon the amount of time you will be living with the host family and the different activities you wish to participate in.
Our best recommendation for financial aid is going to your friends and family for support. We have partnered with Classy.org to help you facilitate a crowd funding campaign. Create a campaign and send it to all of your friends and family. You will be surprised at how quickly you raise money. In fact, this is the same way that Trek to Teach started! Our team will support your efforts to raise money by publishing the link on our social media platforms.
To get to our partnering schools you must trek through the Himalayas. This trek is considered to be one of the most beautiful hikes in the world. It will pass through countless waterfalls, some even flowing past your feet. The trek goes through several small villages and boasts views of some of the tallest mountains in the world.
The trek is very challenging! At some points, it will lead the trekker up steep hills for hours, ascending thousands of feet. When trekking to each village, the trekker will be on their feet going up and down hills for 6 or more hours per day.
Only you can answer that question! Teaching English in Nepal is a life-changing experience. Whether it is the experience for you is a question that only you can answer. If you are looking for an experience that will give you a completely new perspective, sharpen your leadership and teaching skills, and broaden your comfort zone, then this is the experience for you! You need to be open to new experiences, able to be humbled by a change in your surroundings, and willing to really explore who you are and what you are capable of. You will both struggle and find great joy in the classroom. Past volunteers have reported that their time in the classroom was the hardest and the best part of their experience.
Our primary requirements are that you have a strong understanding of the English language! We have sent teachers from around the world, English does not have to be your first language, however you must be proficient enough to convince us of your skills in a couple short essays on your application and have fluent conversations via Skype interview. You will be teaching English in the classroom so it is a requirement for your English to be easily understood as well.
If you are a current student: While we recognize that grades aren’t everything, it is our belief that demonstrated skill in the classroom as a student will contribute to your ability to teach in a classroom, as it demonstrates your respect for the classroom and the structure of learning in that environment. Because of this, we do ask for a minimum grade point average (either current, if you are still a student, or past, if you are not) of 3.0. That said, if you are close but just below – contact us! We would love to hear from you and have a conversation to determine if you will still qualify as a good fit for this program.
Yes! If you are a student of the Oregon University System or at a school that participates in the IE3 programming, then you are able to get academic credit for your time with Trek To Teach. Contact us or IE3 Global Internships (http://ie3global.ous.edu/) for more information.
If IE3 is not a partnered program with your university, please contact your academic advisor and ask them how to make Trek to Teach into an internship. Feel free to connect your advisor with our staff.
Yes you will, unless otherwise requested. We have several schools within our partnership and we distribute our teachers between the communities. When we have more than one volunteer in the field at once, we do encourage them to get together over the weekends and trek to each other’s villages, as well as travel to new communities together. We are building a community of current and past volunteers, all enthusiastic to help one another. We strongly believe that the relationships that form between you and other volunteers can become some of the most important in your life.
You will live in a guesthouse within the community. A guesthouse in Nepal is similar to a hostel where multiple guests can stay in different rooms. Depending on the time of year that you participate, there may be several trekkers spending the night on their way to the next village. This is a great way to meet many people from around the world! There is a shared dining room and several different choices for eating. The guesthouses are owned and operated by a family, so while you will have your own bedroom, you will have a family around for all meals. The rooms are basic. It will have one or two twin-sized beds, and will have sheets and blankets. You will have access to shared bathrooms that include showers. Some bathrooms have squat toilets while others have Western-toilets. The accommodations are basic but relatively comfortable. Each guesthouse that we partner with has a system for hot water. However, because of the systems used to heat the water there may not always be hot water available for your shower.
Just click the “Apply Today” button anywhere on the website! Once you have written your three short essays and updated your resume, the application process should not take more than a few minutes.
As soon as we receive your application you can expect a response within 48 hours. At that point, we will schedule a 30-60 minute informal interview on Skype so we can make sure that you will be a good fit for our villages. No need to wear a suit to this interview, just have excitement and questions about the program.
If you wow us with your application and leave a positive impression in the interview, you will be accepted to our program! We will send you a Welcome Packet, ask you to sign a couple of documents and we can get you ready for the experience of a lifetime.
If the cost of the program seems like it is out of reach, please know that you have options. Our goal is to positively impact the schools in the Himalayas and we can’t do that if we are not flexible or helpful! We are in the process of partnering with Classy.org to create crowd funding platforms that help you ask your friends and family for money for this experience!
Upon acceptance to Trek To Teach, we will send you a Welcome Packet that details what you can expect from the program. It will also give you valuable information about living in Nepal. It is a document that is intended to give you background and context. If you have any questions about any aspect of the program, all you need to do is contact either Brad or Emily. We will be here throughout the process to help you prepare for your time in the communities!
Hop on the plane, read a book, a few short hours later you will arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal. One of our Trek to Teach team members will be waiting for you at the airport with a welcome sign and smile. The next few days you will explore the city with our team and learn about the Nepali education system with our partners OLE Nepal. Once you are adjusted to the timing and pace of Nepal, you will take a scenic bus ride to Pokhara and the following day you will depart on your trek to your school.