Spend part of your summer in Pokhara, Nepal while helping with a worthy cause at the same time! No experience is necessary, but all adventurous, fun and open-minded individuals are wanted for an experience of a lifetime.
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.
Scenic Pokhara, with a population of 200,000 people, is Nepal’s third largest city. Lying just 827 meters above sea level in a valley floor, it is an area of ancient caves and tranquil lakes nestling at the foot of the awe-inspiring Annapurna range of mountains. Pokhara is home to an international museum of mountaineering. The city is also a base for trekking, kayaking, ultra-light flying and paragliding, mountain biking and other outdoor pursuits. The region, however, still faces many of the same challenges as the rest of the country.
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, June 7, 2013): Depart from home.
Day 2 (Saturday, June 8, 2013): Travel day.
Day 3 (Sunday, June 9, 2013): Travel day. Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 4 (Monday, June 10, 2013): Fly to Pokhara; welcome by host staff and general orientation.
Days 5-8 (Tuesday, June 11 –Friday, June 14, 2013): Breakfast at the hotel; construction and safety orientation; work from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. with lunch on -ite; free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities.
Day 9 (Saturday, June 15, 2013): Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8a.m.-12p.m.; lunch on-site; free time.
Day 10 (Sunday, June 16, 2013): Free days; cultural activities or day trip.
Day 11 (Monday, June 17, 2013): Breakfast at the hotel; work from 8 a.m.-4p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities.
Day 12 (Tuesday, June 18, 2013): House dedication; farewell lunch; fly back to Kathmandu; free time and overnight there.
Day 13 (Wednesday, June 19, 2013): 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.)
Build a better world: Take the Global Village Challenge
Habitat for Humanity International is challenging Global Village volunteers to make an even greater impact on the global issue of poverty housing. We are asking all GV teams to help us raise an additional $1.1 million in the coming year to support Habitat’s building projects worldwide. Take up the challenge! Join us in sharing our story and building a better world!
Mary Ng is based out of New York City and is very excited to be leading her second Global Village trip. She has been an active volunteer with Habitat for more than 10 years. She has also been a board member at the Waterbury affiliate in Connecticut and of Broome County affiliate in New York and has also been the on the executive boards of both her high school and college. She has worked throughout the country in Habitat builds and led groups to South Carolina, Hawaii, Fiji and was a participant on a Habitat trip to Botswana, Africa.
For more information about this Global Village trip to Nepal, contact Mary at email@example.com