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Our TEFL course in Nepal is based in the country’s capital city, Kathmandu. As well as being the country’s capital city, it is also the largest and most developed city in Nepal, with a population of over half a million people. The city is home to a wide variety of ethnic groups, one of the largest being the Newars who are famed for their skills as craftsmen and traders. In fact, it is the importance of Nepal as a trade route between India and Tibet that has led, in part, to the country becoming popular as a tourist destination.
According to ancient folklore, the city was originally designed in the shape of the Khukuri knife, a traditional weapon and tool made famous by the legendary Gurkha soldiers. Durbar Square is located at the ‘handle of the knife’ and is surrounded by temples, monuments and the Royal Palace. From here the city’s oldest districts flow to the southwest and the northeast, while the city’s most popular shopping district, New Road, stretches to the east of the square. Here you will also find much of the city’s budget accommodation, in the areas of Thamel to the north and Jhochhen (known as Freak Street) to the south of Durbar Square.
Kathmandu’s suburban areas lie mainly to the east of Kantipath, the main north-south road; this area contains some important landmarks, namely the Royal Palace and the Tundikhel (parade ground). Stretching south from the palace gates you will find Durbar Marg, a wide thoroughfare which is the main location for the city’s more upmarket hotels and restaurants. Another sight to look out for is the Temple of Swayambhu. The temple is perched on top of a hill to the west of the Bishnumati River and can be reached on foot.
As anyone who has ever visited Nepal will tell you, it is undoubtedly a magical place. The country is widely known for its location amongst the awe inspiring peaks and foothills which make up the Himalaya mountain range. However, Nepal is also blessed with a warm hearted and welcoming population, an endless array of ancient temples and a surprisingly diverse landscape which offers some of the best hiking opportunities anywhere in the world. Although Nepal is far from being a rich country in a financial sense, this wonderful mix of people, culture, history and natural beauty make it seem incredibly rich indeed.
All in all, the country of Nepal has something for everyone to enjoy, from the magnificence of the mountain ranges, to the bustling street markets of Kathmandu, every visitor will find something about Nepal that will stay with them forever. As the country is home to eight of the ten highest mountains in the world, it is fair to say that Nepal is truly the top of the world.
Our TEFL Course in Nepal is based in a language school located in the centre of the city of Kathmandu. The school was first established in 2008 and has since become a highly respected institute which is well known for its experience of teaching English as a second language.
If the weather is fine you can spend your breaks and mealtimes unwinding in the school’s relaxing garden, there is also a small canteen on the premises which sells hot and cold drinks. Around the local area you will find plenty of local shops selling snacks and other items. There are also a variety of restaurants in the vicinity of the school where you can enjoy local dishes, as well as western style food.Apply Now!
If Nepal is your choice of location for taking a TEFL course then we are happy to offer you a choice of accommodation options in Kathmandu. We have a working relationship with a number of different hotels in the city which have various options to suit your personal requirements and budget. All of our recommended hotels have been personally inspected to ensure they provide a good standard of cleanliness and service.
Our basic hotel accommodation options start from around US$ 407 for the duration of your course, for a single room without air conditioning. In this price range there is a choice of single, double or twin rooms which are generally equipped with a desk, wardrobe and a private bathroom with hot water. Some of these rooms are also equipped with a television.
Our standard hotel accommodation options start from around US$ 559 for the duration of your course. The hotel options in this range provide similar room facilities as those above; however, these hotels will also offer various extra services and a higher overall standard.
All our accommodation options provide a laundry service, room service, regular room cleaning and an onsite restaurant, while some also provide internet and Wi-Fi facilities. Each hotel will also have a minimum of one garden, balcony or roof terrace for relaxing after a hard day’s study. All our accommodation options are between a 15 and 30-minute walk of the school.
Our course administrator can provide further details of each of our accommodation options in Kathmandu, however, you are free to make your own arrangements if you would prefer. We strongly advise that you book your accommodation as early as possible to ensure you have the widest choice available.Apply Now!
What are my payment options?Expand
Course deposits must be paid to our administrative center. Credit/debit card payments are the fastest and cheapest way to pay, but we also accept payments via Western Union, Pay Pal and bank transfer. While there are no deadlines for a deposit, courses can fill up quickly and your seat will only be reserved after the deposit has been paid.
Once you make your deposit, you will receive an email with an informational packet that provides detailed information about the course and Kathmandu itself.
The balance of the course fees must be paid in cash in USD or Nepali currency in Kathmandu. All payments must be received by the end of lunch on the first day of the course.
Fees are all-inclusive so you won’t be asked to pay additional costs for course related materials or services. This also includes course moderation and accreditation fees, airport pick-ups* and lifetime job assistance.
* All the hotels we use for your accommodation provide free airport pick-up services. You will therefore be met by a driver at the airport and be taken directly to your hotel.
What are my accommodation options?Expand
We can book accommodation for you in our preferred hotels in Kathmandu. You are, of course, more than welcome to make your own accommodation arrangements. After you have secured your place on the course we will provide full accommodation details and ask you to fill in an accommodation preference form. All payments are made directly to the hotel by cash or credit card either on arrival or on departure.
We can offer you a range of prices according to the standard of hotel and the type of room you would like to book. Prices for a basic hotel start at US$ 407 per month (for a single, non-AC room). Prices for a standard hotel start at US$ 559 per month (for a single, non-AC room).
Typically, a room in either a basic or standard option hotel will have single, double or twin beds, a wardrobe, a small desk and a private bathroom with shower. Some rooms may have a TV. All rooms have hot water. The difference between the basic and standard options is predominantly the facilities the hotel offers and the general standard of the hotel; although we are happy with the cleanliness and standard of all hotels we accommodate you in.
What travel documents will I need for Nepal?Expand
At the time of writing, all visitors to Nepal (excluding Indian nationals), require a visa. Tourist visas can be obtained on arrival at the airport for every nationality other than Chinese, or at most overland borders. Please note your passport should have at least six months validity remaining on arrival in Nepal.*
* As this information is subject to change at any time, we advise you to contact your local consulate for current travel regulations prior to planning your trip. For more information on obtaining visas please check with your local Nepalese consulate or embassy.
What is the course schedule?Expand
We hold an orientation session at 9:00 a.m. on the first day of the course. We recommend that you arrive in Kathmandu at least one day before in order to familiarize yourself with your surroundings and at least un-pack your bags before orientation.
Class-time is generally from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. five days a week (Monday to Friday) with breaks in between classes. A typical day in the classroom consists of four 1.5 hour ‘inputs’. Approximately six-eight days will be spent preparing and undertaking your teaching practice sessions. Course timetables will be distributed during the first input session on the first day of the course.
What can I expect during teaching practice?Expand
Your teaching practice will be conducted in a range of local governmental and private, primary and secondary schools and in some instances we may be teaching at orphanages, colleges and other institutions.
Lessons are based upon real teaching resources found all over the world and you will have the chance to create your own materials as well. You will receive the aid of your course trainer throughout lesson planning and receive immediate feedback on your lesson after it’s been delivered. Practicum is assessed and a satisfactory assessment is required to earn your TEFL/TESOL certificate.
Who usually attends the course?Expand
We average eight trainees on each course. The majority of trainees are British or American, while many others come from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, South Africa and the Philippines. Occasionally, we do get fluent non-native English speakers from Western Europe, Scandinavia, India, China, Thailand, etc. Trainees must be 18 years of age or older and the age range varies greatly depending on the course.
Is there a dress code?Expand
For all input and tutorial sessions at the training location, there is only one specific dress requirement: Both men and women should have a shirt covering their shoulders. The course operates from within a school so we ask you to be mindful of this, as well as being mindful of your peers and to respect the fact that you are a visitor in another country.
During teaching practice there are specific requirements that adhere to the local dress code. All trainees are expected to dress professionally according to the following guidelines:
Women: Shoulders should be covered, blouses with sleeves are suggested. No low-cut necklines, very short skirts or bare midriffs. Open-toed shoes are acceptable, but not hiking or flip-flop sandals.
Men: Long pants, slacks or trousers are required, jeans are not acceptable. Short or long-sleeved shirts with a collar are necessary, although a tie is not required. Loafers or dress shoes are both fine, sandals are not acceptable. Long hair should always be tied back.
What should I bring for course studies?Expand
Please be sure to arrive on the first day of the course with a notebook and a pen. We encourage you to bring a laptop as we have Wi-Fi at the training center. We will provide all course materials for you so there is no need to bring anything else for the course itself.