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Updates

Updates on our projects and work in Nepal

Free English conversation guidebook

Michelle Welsch

Learning House has released a free English language guidebook with tools and phrases to help English language learners gain confidence in formal and informal settings. FREE download link here.

Celebrating five years

Michelle Welsch

It seems like yesterday I watched my mom's panicked face as I bagged up clothes to give up for donation, packed what was left into boxes, and set out for my first flight to Nepal. I can't believe how much my life has changed.

Nepal has taught me many, many things. Patience. Perseverance. Perspective. The meaning of family. Love. How to give. And how to receive.

A solar project, various scholarships, workshops and seminars, barista training, community events, and a thriving education community -- I have to recognize all of the thoughtful, driven individuals who have supported my drive to encourage education and leadership. I'm so proud of what I, along with the help of so many, have built. 

Yet there is so much more to do.

I am humbled every day by the generosity of strangers and friends, by notes of kindness and messages of inspiration, by the hard work and dedication of the Learning House team. I look forward to what the future holds. Judging from the young people I have met and worked with, Nepal has a promising future, and it is my honor to create platforms for their dreams to move closer toward reality.

Thank you for your continued support as we nurture strong, determined leaders and look for ways to contribute thoughtfully within Pokhara valley. If you're interested, you can click here to support my projects.  

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

-Michelle   

Learning House Scholar Program

Michelle Welsch

We are pleased to announce winners of our Learning House Scholar program, a scholarship opportunity for students pursuing arts degrees in Nepal. Creativity and the ability to "see" is relevant in problem solving, leadership, and social change. We believe arts degrees are important, and we want to recognize and encourage these efforts.  Two 25,000NPR scholarships, cash prizes paid directly to each winning student, were presented at Learning House.

Latte Art Throwdown in Pokhara, Nepal

Michelle Welsch

On June 1, 2018, Learning House organized the second Latte Art Championship in Pokhara, Nepal. The event was covered by local news media. 21 competitors, including 6 participants from Kathmandu and 2 women, raced against the clock to create their best latte art designs. A panel of judges --- hoteliers, hospitality educators, and restauranteurs --- rated each contestant. The grand prize winner was awarded 15,000NPR.

View more photos from the event on Facebook

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

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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.