Join our team on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal for an unforgettable and life-changing service opportunity with Habitat for Humanity. As Global Village volunteers, we will be welcomed into the community by our hosts and introduced to the local culture as guests. We will work hard, share stories, make new friends and laugh together. No construction skills or experience is required.
At work on a bamboo house in Nepal.
Located in southern Asia and couched between India and China, Nepal contains eight of the world’s 10 highest peaks, including Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga, the world’s tallest and third-tallest mountains, 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.
Pokhara is located in central Nepal. Once a major trading town on the trade route between India and Tibet, it is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. The region, however, still faces many of the same challenges as the rest of the country.
About Habitat for Humanity Nepal
Nearly 90 percent of Nepal’s 22 million people live on the rural plains and mountains, 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. Poverty and a lack of employment has forced one in 10 people to migrate to the capital, Kathmandu, and other cities. This migration to cities results in crowded living spaces, a shortage of adequate housing and the growth of substandard housing.
Habitat for Humanity Nepal builds in every major geographic area of the country, providing affordable and decent housing using the available local resources. 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, to provide disaster-response help to communities affected by flooding and to provide clean water and proper sanitation to families in need.
Types of construction for volunteers
Volunteers may work on new construction or renovation of homes. Construction materials depend upon local materials available (e.g., bamboo, brick, stone, cement blocks, sun-burnt brick, etc.). The construction tasks will vary depending on the stage of construction.
Day 1, Saturday: Depart for Nepal.
Day 2, Sunday: Travel day.
Day 3, Monday: Arrive in Kathmandu; team stays overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 4, Tuesday: Breakfast at hotel; half-day free time and sightseeing; fly to Pokhara; welcome and orientation with host Habitat staff.
Days 5–7, Wednesday–Friday: Breakfast at hotel; work 8 a.m.–5 p.m. with lunch on site; dinner and free time after work.
Days 8–9, Saturday–Sunday: Free days; cultural activities or day trips.
Days 10–14, Monday–Friday: Breakfast at hotel; work from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. with lunch on site; dinner and free time after work.
Day 15, Saturday: Fly back to Kathmandu to return 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 a bathroom. Breakfast will be provided at the hotel. Lunch, snacks and bottled water will be taken on the work site. Dinner will be eaten either at the hotel or a local restaurant.
Trip cost includes: donation to the Habitat host program and HFHI; meals; accommodations; transport (excluding trip participant air fare to Nepal); medical emergency evacuation and trip cancellation insurance; some local cultural activities and team coordination and orientation materials. The team leader’s trip cost and estimated air fare may be included in the trip budget. The trip cost does not include trip participant air fare to Nepal, R&R activities or visa and exit fees (not applicable for all destinations).
Sonya Sirrs has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity since 2004; this will be her eighth Global Village build.
If you are interested in this Nepal trip or would like more information, please contact Sonya at email@example.com.