Jack and Arya
Ali, Karina and Manu
Some people may feel that attending classes and studying while having children to take care of is an impossible challenge guaranteed to introduce all manner of stresses and strains to family life. Add to these the difficulties of living in a third-world country and this challenge may appear insurmountable.
However, for many parents with young children, Nepal has proven itself to be surprisingly conducive to allowing them to strike an effective balance between studies and family life. Indeed, with a little bit of planning and common sense precautions, family life in Nepal can be very relaxing and relatively hassle-free. In many ways, Nepal offers something different from developed countries. The openness of its people and the way they normally interact with and care for young children is uncomplicated, inspiring and highly reassuring.
Boudhanath itself has the atmosphere of a village, with its own customs and rhythm, though it is only some 30 minutes distant from the city center. Here, everyone seems to know each other and this brings with it a sense of ease and familiarity making everyday family life both safe and easy.
Living in Boudhanath can also prove relatively inexpensive, and with just a little extra money, one can enjoy many small indulgencies!. There are also many comfortable apartments and houses available for rent that range from studios to 2- or 3-bedroom apartments having kitchens, living areas and dining rooms. One can choose a rooftop apartment having a view of the stupa or a house with a beautiful garden. In other words, it is relatively easy to find a suitable home for a family. Please contact the Head of Student Services for help in finding a suitable living space.
An essential factor in balancing family life and studies is known to be employing a "didi," or "elder sister". In the work context, a didi is a housekeeper who carries out domestic tasks such as cleaning, cooking and accompanying the children to and from school, etc. Nepalese people in general, and women in particular, are normally wonderful in their relationships with children.
Compared to the time, energy and effort it takes to study and raise children in developed countries, parents are often amazed at how much easier life can be in Nepal. Many students with young families comment that they have a greater support system in Nepal comprised of a didi, classmates and the communities of RYI and Boudhanath than they would have at home.
Below, are some addresses related to support services that may be helpful to parents who wish to make the transition from their home country to Nepal and RYI.
Kopila, the Well Baby Clinic
Wonderland International Preschool
The director of the school is Mrs. Maya Rana from Mauritius, who is a qualified educator with 25 years' experience in teaching. The school is run in English with French language optional. It is a very sweet, little school, similar to those found in Europe with lots of toys, fun activities, and freedom. It is conceived for kids from the age of 18 months to 6 years. The school has a nice garden and a school bus which picks children up at Boudhanath gate.
Children's Garden Preschool
This preschool is fully based on the Montessori method of education, focusing on a child's holistic development.
House of Children:
Pre-school for children from age 2 to 6. It is a well-established kindergarten which uses Montessori methods. It has become very popular among Westerners who send their children there, especially if they are only here for a semester or a year.
This is a beautiful school which integrates the Rudolf Steiner principle. For children from 3 to 9 years of age.
English-Tibetan or English-Nepali High Schools in Boudha:
Himalayan Int'l Model Higher Secondary School
(These are high quality schools if one can afford them):
(uses an American curriculum, accredited in the US and Europe; preschool through grade 12)
(follows the English and Welsh National Curriculum; nursery through the Sixth Form)
Restaurants with special facilities for kids
(cafés which provide a playful environment for kids):