A home can dramatically change a family psychologically, emotionally and financially. This trip to Nepal is a chance to not only immerse yourself in a different culture, but also to be a part of Habitat for Humanity in an active way. Experience the joy of building side-by-side with both the home owners and other team members. We will also spend time sightseeing in Kathmandu and Chitwan and participate in a few cultural activities.
Although construction skills are not necessary, all those who are flexible, compassionate, and have a desire to work hard as part of a team should apply!
At work on a bamboo-built house in Nepal.
Located in southern Asia and couched between India and China, Nepal contains eight of world's 10 highest peaks – including Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga - the world's tallest and third-tallest, respectively.
Nepal is as ethnically diverse as its terrain. The Nepalese are descendants of three major migrations from India, Tibet and central Asia. Nepali is the official language, but more than 100 regional and indigenous languages are spoken throughout the country. Religion is also diverse in Nepal; Nepal is roughly 81 percent Hindu, 11 percent Buddhist and 4.2 percent Muslim.
About Habitat for Humanity Nepal Nearly 90 percent of Nepal’s 22 million people live in the rural plains and mountain areas, primarily as subsistence farmers. Forty-five percent of Nepal’s population lives below the poverty line, with one infant in every 10 dying before the age of five. A lack of employment and poverty has forced one in 10 of the rural population to migrate to the capital, Kathmandu, and other cities – resulting in a shortage of adequate housing in towns and cities, crowded living spaces and the growth of substandard housing.
Habitat for Humanity Nepal builds in every major geographic area of the country, providing an affordable and decent house using the resources available in each location. This may mean mud-and-brick, bamboo or “green” clay bricks. These houses replace the thatch, straw, mud and bamboo houses that are now just pieced together. HFH Nepal also partners with other nonprofits to help teach families how to build homes, provide disaster-response help to communities affected by flooding and to provide clean water and proper sanitation to families in need.
Chitwan is located west of Kathmandu, and is surrounded by Chitwan National Park, a World Heritage Site that offers views of Nepal’s most famous wildlife.
Types of construction for volunteers
Volunteers may work on new construction or renovation of homes. Construction materials depend upon locally available materials: bamboo, brick, stone, cement blocks, sun-burnt brick etc. The construction tasks will vary depending on the stage of construction.
Day 1 (Friday, February 22): Depart from home.
Day 2 (Saturday, February 23): Travel day.
Day 3 (Sunday, February 24): Arrive in Kathmandu; welcome and general orientation; overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 4 (Monday, February 25): Breakfast at hotel; half-day free time and sightseeing; fly to Chitwan; check into hotel; welcome with local host program staff.
Days 5-8 (Tuesday-Friday, February 26-March 1): Breakfast at the hotel; construction and safety orientation; work from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities.
Days 9-10 (Saturday-Sunday, March 2-3): Free days; cultural activities or day trips.
Days 11-14 (Monday-Thursday, March 4-7): Breakfast at the hotel; construction and safety orientation; work from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities.
Day 15 (Friday, March 8): House dedication; farewell lunch; fly back to Kathmandu; free time and overnight there.
Day 16 (Saturday, March 9): Depart for home.
Note: There will be time for some cultural activities after certain work days to visit a school, orphanage, etc.
Lodging will be provided in a local hotel with participants sharing double-occupancy rooms and shared bath. Breakfast will be provided at the hotel, as well. Lunch, snacks and bottled water will be taken on the worksite. Dinner will be eaten either at the hotel or a local restaurant.
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)
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Team leader – Amy Macaluso
After traveling to Thailand for her first build, Amy Macaluso quickly learned that a Global Village trip is a special kind of vacation and wanted to do more. She is now excited to lead her first team to Nepal! Amy is originally from New Jersey but now lives outside of Boston spending her free time biking, hiking, and training for her first marathon. For more information on this trip, please contact Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org.