Nepal is rightfully popular with travellers from around the world and there are actually many TEFL opportunities in this wonderful country. Admittedly most of these positions are voluntary but paid work can be found in Kathmandu by the persistent and experienced. Don’t expect to make a large salary – not that you’ll need one given that living costs are so low – and remind yourself of the positive impact your hard work can have on the local Nepalese people.
|Type of Institution||Typical salary (USD/month)||Typical hours||Typical annual leave|
|Language centres and schools||500 – 1,000||Various shifts including evenings and weekends||2 weeks plus national holidays|
|International schools||2,500 upwards||8am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work||8 weeks plus national holidays|
Main places for jobs
Degree, TEFL certificate, 1-2 yrs exp.
1. Although the British Council in Kathmandu no longer offers English language tuition services, you are still able to access a range of resources and ask for advice.
2. If you have your heart set on Nepal, it may be best to arrive in Kathmandu on holiday with the aim to extend it into a working holiday once you have made personal contact with schools and language centres. Employers are rarely in a position to recruit from overseas or pay airfares.
3. Learn more about English language tuition in Nepal at the NELTA (Nepal English Language Teachers’ Association) website.
Unless you are being employed by a prestigious International School, it is customary to arrive on a tourist visa and request your employer to arrange additional work permits.
Cost of living
The cost of food, transport and accommodation is very low in Nepal.
Tax and salary information
Usually you will be paid on a monthly basis and it will be the responsibility of your employer to pay income tax.
|Your teaching activities in Nepal can have a huge positive impact on Nepalese people||Difficult to find paid work|
|Low living costs||That the British Council no longer offers English language tuition is a sign that opportunities to find paid work are unlikely to be growing|
|An incredible country in which to work||Like most capital cities in Asia, Kathmandu can be somewhat chaotic|
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