Just imagine what an amazing adventure awaits you - the stunning beauty of Nepal and its gracious people combined with the opportunity to help families living in dire circumstances in sub-standard housing. For a country known for its magnificent mountains, a visit to Nepal remains incomplete without seeing the beauty of Pokhara. Come join us in Pokhara, 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.
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.
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.
October 27 (Saturday): Depart the U.S.
October 28 (Sunday): Travel day.
October 29 (Monday): Arrival in Kathmandu; overnight in Kathmandu
October 30 (Tuesday): Fly to Pokhara; welcome by host staff and general orientation.
October 31 – November 2 Typical work days (Wednesday-Friday): 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.
November 3 – November 4 (Saturday-Sunday): Free days: cultural activities or day trips.
November 5 – November 8 (Monday- Thursday): 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.
November 9 (Friday): House dedication; farewell lunch; fly back to Kathmandu; free time and overnight there.
November 10 (Saturday): 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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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!
Val and Nick have been involved with Habitat for several years and have participated on or lead 17 Global Village trips to 14 different countries around the world. They have also traveled extensively on other international service projects over the past 10 years.
Nick and Val are committed to the Global Village program primarily because they believe in its principal concept of a “hand up” instead of a “hand out.” But these builds also provide an amazing opportunity to have a truly authentic travel experience, to understand new cultures and make new friends and to visit places where an average tourist might not venture.
As team leaders, they strive to build teams that are diverse in age, gender, religious affiliation and cultural backgrounds. They are looking for fellow team members who are adventurous, flexible and willing to give up luxuries for awesome experiences! If you would like to join Val and Nick in Nepal, please fill out the online application. If you have any questions, please feel free to email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.