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Updates

Updates on our projects and work in Nepal

Education Day 2018

Michelle Welsch

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Learning House organized the second Education Day in Pokhara, Nepal. Almost 500 students, parents, relatives, and teachers attended. 

Sponsored by U.S. Embassy Nepal, Education Day aims to encourage young people of Kaski District to chase after their dreams and create change within their communities. In the past, students had to travel to Kathmandu to meet U.S. Embassy representatives and receive quality information on study abroad. Learning House now organizes this annual event to provide accurate information and inspire leaders in Pokhara. The program is free.

In addition to speakers from U.S. Embassy and notable entrepreneurs, students practiced English, received one-on-one advising from Learning House and U.S. Embassy advisors, and accessed information regarding American student programs and the visa application process. Local entrepreneur Dorje Lama and Republica editor Subhash Ghimire told personal stories and answered questions on business, education, and goal setting.

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Maker Tables with Raspberry Pi units and puzzles encouraged creativity and English language stations provided platforms for students to build confidence. U.S. Embassy representatives and Learning House advisors offered individual guidance on higher education, and a Visa Consulate officer presented details on application procedures.

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The event was covered by local and national media. More photos can be found online.  

2017 in numbers

Michelle Welsch

We are so proud of Learning House's students, team, and hardworking volunteers. 2017 brought incredible growth and learning. Let's continue this trend well into 2018. Happy New Year! 

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Barista Latte Art Competition in Pokhara, Nepal

Michelle Welsch

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On Friday, November 3rd, Learning House organized Pokhara's first ever barista competition. Competitors were given ten minutes to free pour and etch latte designs of their choosing. Each creation was ranked by a panel of judges from local education institutes, barista training centers, hotels, and cafes.  

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Medals were awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers. The grand prize winner was presented with 10,000NPR and a trophy.

The competition aimed to encourage community participation and support for hospitality, entrepreneurship, and creativity. 

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Call for volunteers

Michelle Welsch

volunteer in Nepal

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Are you an entrepreneurial go-getter who wants to travel, have fun, and do good?

Our team is hardworking and driven, and our students are determined to reach their education and career goals. Many are job holders and leaders within the community who are looking to improve their English, find better paying jobs, or pursue higher education.

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What you can do 

Conduct English language practice, host a workshop, plan a seminar, help streamline operations, provide marketing advice. We welcome new ideas and energy!

Unique experience

We help with travel logistics and planning. Instead of spending cash at a fancy hotel or large volunteer organization, you'll support families and local businesses. We'll introduce you to our friends --- guides, hoteliers, restaurant owners --- so you'll know the best places to eat, play, and experience local culture.

What we provide

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We put together a cultural package for our volunteers based upon their interests and expertise. You'll study basic Nepali language and be welcomed with traditional meals. Most importantly, you'll feel part of a family and will make friends for life. 

How to apply

Send us your resume and desired dates of travel. Because we take good care of our guests, we can only accommodate a limited number of visitors each year. We want to make sure the experience is meaningful for our staff, students, and of course, our volunteers.

Have questions? Click here

We're looking for scholarship sponsors

Michelle Welsch

Learning House's Barista Training program is well underway, with our 4th batch now completing classes! Since our scholarship program is in high demand, we are actively looking for sponsors for students. Remember, your donation is tax deductible. 

CLICK HERE to support a deserving student from a low-income background. 

And follow us on Facebook for more community updates!

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Pre-departure orientation program

Michelle Welsch

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Empower yourselves with a good education, then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise.
— Michelle Obama
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Bobby is off to Canada....a civil engineer in the making! Sheetal is heading to Texas....an artist ready to take on the world!

They are getting on planes for the first time, and we did our best to prepare them for their journeys. 

We are so proud of these two leaders. 

Congratulations, Baristas!

Michelle Welsch

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Learning House's Barista Training Program is off to a great start! Classes combine theory and practice to give students knowledge of espresso drinks, the history of coffee, serving skills, and recipes for hot and cold beverages. We are so proud of the progress of our teachers and participants, and student reviews have been excellent.

Congrats, Sheetal!

Michelle Welsch

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Miss Sheetal is a local arts teacher and Learning House student who has actively participated in our leadership and education programs. She has recently been accepted to an American university and will be pursuing her bachelors degree in studio arts this fall. We couldn't be more proud of her efforts. Congrats, Sheetal Ji! 

Congrats to our new Coffee Baristas!

Michelle Welsch

Our first Coffee Baristas completed their training...

...and have started teaching other students! 

It's been fun watching our Baristas practice latte art and debate over the perfect espresso shot. And we love watching students gain confidence, too. We are so proud of their hard work!

To support the Barista Training program at Learning House, click here

Education Day

Michelle Welsch

On May 27, 2017, over 350 attendees participated in Pokhara's first Education Day. The Learning House did a fantastic job producing the event and with sponsorship from the U.S. Embassy and support from LevelNext, English language practice and advising sessions were offered to local students. Nepali band Lakshya performed midday, and attendees had the opportunity to speak with guests from Kathmandu, Canada, the United States and more. For event photos, click here.  

New training program at Learning House

Michelle Welsch

We at Learning House have been looking for more ways to support the students we serve.

The coffee scene is erupting in Nepal, and students are paying good money to participate in barista training. What if we could offer something similar, for less, for better? Our students are looking for part-time work and ways to save. What if we could prepare them with employable skills? What if they could start saving for college now?

Barisa training! Along with basic coffee and barista skills, we can teach business and entrepreneurship and hospitality. Students will gain confidence that will carry over to more than just a coffee shop. We found a local dealer who can provide a machine and all of its add-ons, service and warranty, and training for our staff. Our staff will then teach students for a fraction of the cost of other training programs. These classes and our small cafe will add to the income of Learning House and help keep student fees low.

We have launched a fundraiser to get this program started. Share, contribute, or send positive notes of encouragement. And with our 501c3 status, we qualify for matching donations from employers. Thanks for your support!

Thanks, FC Boulder!

Michelle Welsch

Thanks to FC Boulder for shipping donated soccer jerseys and clothes to the boys at Matepani! We think they look pretty sharp. 

We're building a new library!

Michelle Welsch

Construction is underway for the new library and computer resource center for Learning House. The room will offer study space, several computers, books and other materials for students to practice English and conduct research for education and employment opportunities. We can't wait to show you the finished product!  

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2016: Learning House by the numbers

Michelle Welsch

While we know numbers don't tell the full story --- the student who gained admission into college, the young woman who built confidence to learn English, the advisee who applied and was accepted for his first job, the job holder who scored high on his language proficiency test, the visitor whose life was changed --- we hope these figures can give you a glimpse into our work at Learning House. We are so proud of our team, students and volunteers for all of the time and energy they put forth on a daily basis. And of course, a very special thank you to our supporters near and far. We couldn't do this without you.