Maya Universe Academy

  • Tanahun

About Us

Be a part of an innovative education solution!

Maya Universe Academy is a social entrepreneurship project whose mission is to improve access to quality education to rural communities. This is a response to the failed public school system and inaccessible or unaffordable quality education provided in private schools.


Starting from a tent in the jungle with 15 students, founders Manjil Rana and Yoon, opened the first school in Tanahun district in 2011. Today it’s the only chain of free private schools where parents can pay in time instead of money by volunteering two days per month at the schools.


The long-term goal is for the schools to become fully self-sustainable through farming business and micro enterprise projects..


Students at Maya Universe Academy follow a unique and diverse curriculum, based on the national curriculum of Nepal and supplemented with various activity-based topics. It emphasizes the importance of community, allows for creativity, independence, and critical thinking.


In response to the mega 2015 earthquakes, Maya Universe opened its hostel to board 25 children from earthquake-affected families and are given full scholarship.


We ask volunteers to contribute 10$ per day to cover the costs of food, accommodation, as well as a small contribution to help pay local staff and teachers salaries. Volunteers staying over 90 days can stay for free, after the first 90 days.


We live in a hostel environment with simple bedding provided. Private rooms in village homes are also available on a first come first served basis. 

Private transport from Kathmandu to Tanahun is available at 150$. Pre-Booking is required.


How can you get involved?

- Education (minimum 2 months)

- Agriculture

- Construction

- Administration (minimum 2 months)


We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated people with a strong desire to make a positive impact through education and social entrepreneurship. Join our grassroots organization today. .


If you are interested in volunteering please fill in the volunteer inquiry form :

To know more about Maya, you can watch a few videos available on youtube: