“If you are looking for the first real travel adventure of your lifetime or your exciting next one, this might be the trip for you. If you are always looking for a unique way to help the people you care about, this might be the trip for you. If you are both of those things and it makes you smile to think of working side by side with a Habitat family to not only change their lives, but build their legacy, then this is absolutely the trip for you to consider. You will not only work hard and sleep better than you have in long time, but you will have a chance to explore beautiful Pokhara, Nepal, nestled in the foothills of the Himalayan Annapurna Range, one of the most amazing places in the world and learn about it’s culture in a way that tourists will never enjoy and make lifelong memories and friends while you do it. Remember, construction experience is not required, we will teach you. What is required is a deep connection to humanity, a sense of humor, the ability to be flexible and to work with a diverse group of like minded people.”
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.
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, November 22): Depart from home.
Day 2 (Saturday, November 23): Travel day.
Day 3 (Sunday, November 24): Travel day - Arrival in Kathmandu.
Day 4 (Monday, November 25): Fly to Pokhara ; welcome by host staff and general orientation.
Days 5-8 (Tuesday, November 26–Friday, November 29): Breakfast at the hotel; construction and safety orientation; work from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities.
Days 9-10 (Saturday, November 30-Sunday, December 1): Free days; cultural activities or day trips.
Days 11-14 (Monday, December 2-Thursday, December 5): Breakfast at the hotel; construction and safety orientation; work from 8 a.m.-4p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities.
Day 15 (Friday December 6): House dedication; farewell lunch; fly back to Kathmandu; free time and overnight there.
Day 16 (Saturday, December 7): 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!
Kelly McCormick’s first love is travel and adventure and one of the best feelings in the world for her is when the plane is taking off. She has been a volunteer with Habitat since 2008 and this will be her third Global Village trip (others were Romania and Chile). She also volunteers locally in Seattle as a member of the family selection committee. This trip to Nepal will be fulfillment of a lifetime dream to travel to Nepal and she is excited to share it with her team and her new friends in Nepal! She is looking for other adventurous people to bring their own dreams as well as passion, dedication, and sense of humor share this moment of a lifetime. Please contact Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org