Maya Universe is the first and only chain of free private schools in Nepal. Instead of paying fees, the parents of the students who study in our schools volunteer for two days of every month. In other words, people can pay us with time instead of money for our services. Our 'Maya' model has been very popular though less than five years old. We are running three schools and plans to build more are on the way. You can take part in a grassroots development process at its early years. Apart from voluntourism, Maya has its own animal, vegetable and fruit farms. We also make handmade bracelets and notebooks and provide workshops to high school kids from Kathmandu city to learn about Nepal.
We ask volunteers to contribute 10$ per day to cover costs of food, accommodation and local staff and teachers salaries. Volunteers staying over 90 days can stay for free and scholarships are available on request.
You can read or watch videos about our model as presented in SOS London, Ouishare festival in Paris and the National University of Singapore. You can also search 'Maya Universe Academy' in Facebook, Google or YouTube to hear countless reviews and get a feel of volunteering at Maya.
Maya Universe provides a safe shelter despite the recent earthquake damage. We are building basic infrastructure to host children from Gorkha, which was the epicenter of the earthquake.
It is a youth movement. All are welcome to join. You can find more information in our website and there is also a volunteer package for first time volunteers.
KhusbooRana, Director of External Affairs, Maya Universe Academy.