Come make a difference in the world! Join us in “the heart of the jungle,” beautiful Chitwan, Nepal, where you will have the opportunity to make lifelong friends while experiencing Nepalese culture in a personal and meaningful way. We will work side-by-side with local families and experience the culture, food and landscape of Nepal through building and other activities. No construction skills or experience necessary, just your willing hands and a sense of humor! If you are adventurous, flexible, open-minded, compassionate and service-oriented, this is the trip for you!
Chitwan is home of Chitwan National Park, “Asia’s best preserved conservation area, where wildlife thrives and their habitats remain intact.” Consider tacking extra time on your travels to explore “56 species of mammals, 49 species of amphibians and reptiles and 525 species of birds. Wildlife found here include endangered species like the one-horned rhinoceros and the Royal Bengal tiger, gaur, wild elephant, four-horned antelope, leopard, sloth bear, wild boar, rhesus monkey, grey langur monkey, wild dog, small wild cats and many other smaller animals.”
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, January 3, 2014): Depart from U.S.
Day 2 (Saturday, January 4, 2014): Travel day.
Day 3 (Sunday, January 5, 2014): Arrive in Kathmandu; welcome and general orientation; overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 4 (Monday, January 6, 2014): 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, January 7–Friday, January 10, 2014): 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, January 11-Sunday, January 12, 2014): Free days; cultural activities or day trips.
Days 11-14 (Monday, January 13-Thursday, January 16, 2014): 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 January 17, 2014): House dedication; farewell lunch; fly back to Kathmandu; free time and overnight there.
Day 16 (Saturday, January 18, 2014): 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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Rebecca works for Habitat for Humanity International as the manager of youth volunteer engagement. She has had the opportunity to lead several youth volunteer trips both domestically and internationally and has participated in a GV trip to Chile. She is very excited to share this experience with a wonderful team of volunteers in Nepal this January.
Please contact Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org.