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A trekker's paradise, Himalayan views, golden temples, charming hill villages
Nepal is, by any definition, a magical destination. It’s a country of simplicity and tradition, full of mystery and charm. Though it is a landlocked country, it has spectacularly diverse terrain thanks to the dramatic changes in elevation which result in lowland plains, hill regions, mountains, tropical savanna, and ice and snow.
As befitting a country with such astounding natural beauty, Nepal is a paradise for those who enjoy the outdoorsy lifestyle. It is home to 8 of the 10 tallest mountains in the world – most notably Mount Everest – and this is the most popular reason to visit this beautiful country. Besides mountain climbing, it is also possible to engage in hikes or mountain walks, or any number of extreme sports.
Away from nature, Nepal has a few bustling city centers. The backpacker area of Thamel is especially well-known for its restaurants and bars, where travellers gather to exchange stories about their day’s adventures.
These cities show another side of the country when you walk the winding unpaved roads and admire the terracotta-roofed houses.
Nepal offers a very simple way of life, so you will have to do without your creature comforts while you are here – wifi, air conditioning, and even electricity are not always guaranteed. But considering that Nepal is the birthplace of Buddha and the top pilgrimage destination for Buddhists, slowing down and simplifying your lifestyle should be expected, and is what Nepal is all about.
Interestingly the Nepal flag is the only national flag in the world that isn’t in a quadrilateral shape. The flag itself is made of two triangles and is said to represent the Himalayan Mountains and/or alternatively Buddhism and Hinduism, the two main religions in Nepal.
Most of Nepal is powered by hydropower although it’s said to have its faults.
The common greeting across Nepal is ‘namaste’. Found also in yoga, ‘namaste’ can mean ‘hello’, ‘thank you’, and ‘goodbye’.
Known as the Amazon of Asia, Nepal is one of the richest in biodiversity around the world. With so many unique species of flora and fauna, and over 900 species of birds, the landscape is one of the most beautiful and calming places in the world.
Nepal has famously never been colonized and, as a result, doesn’t have an independence day. They have been protected by their traditional warriors known as “gurkhas” who throughout history have always been highlighted as the bravest warriors in the world.
Nepal is the only country with its own calendar. The Gregorian calendar most of us use starts from 1st January and ends 31st December. However, the Bikram Sambhat calendar created in the 9th century is roughly 67 years, 8 and a half months ahead.
There are a small number of international schools and language institutes in Kathmandu where you could find a teaching position. However, TEFL opportunities in Nepal are usually volunteer positions. These can be paid or unpaid and usually involve living with a Nepali family – a great way to fully immerse yourself in the culture.
Volunteer programs are quite diverse, allowing you to teach English to children in a school or monks in a monastery, train English teachers or even build houses or get involved in sanitation or conservation projects.
No TEFL qualification is needed for volunteer positions but it is recommended as resources are severely limited and you will need your wits about you to teach in these circumstances. Bring what materials you can with you and a big dose of creativity too.
Visa rules used to be quite relaxed but now it is quite difficult to get a work permit without an employer. However, the majority of teachers come to Nepal on a tourist visa and have their visas changed when they find a job. Volunteer programs can easily be found online but other teaching positions are more easily found in the country because they are not usually advertised online.
BA, BSC degree required unless volunteering
Typical Contract Length
1- 3 months
Peak Hiring Seasons
All year round
Average Monthly Cost of Living in Local Currency
20,000 - 25,000 NPR
Average Monthly Salary in Local Currency
7,500-15,000 NPR (volunteer)
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- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.