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Pokhara, Nepal

September 20, 2013 to October 5, 2013

Habitat Global Village volunteer trips give you the chance to immerse yourself in a culture like no tourist can! They allow you to give back in a meaningful way with instant results and offer you the chance to visit the world’s most exotic places. If you are looking for such an experience at the rooftop of the world, join us as we travel to Pokhara, Nepal to help provide decent housing to those in need. Pokhara, nestled in the foothills of the Himalayan Annapurna Range, is widely considered one of the most beautiful places in the world. With your participation, this selfless, enthusiastic and hard working team will get to work alongside local Nepalese, experience their culture, and truly lend a “hand up!” No experience is needed to share this experience so apply now for the trip of a lifetime! 

At work on a bamboo-built house in Nepal.

About 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.

About Pokhara
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.

Standard itinerary
Day 1 (Friday, September 20, 2013): Depart from home.
Day 2 (Saturday, September 21, 2013): Travel day.
Day 3 (Sunday, September 22, 2013): Travel day; arrival in Kathmandu.
Day 4 (Monday, September 23, 2013): Fly to Pokhara; welcome by host staff and general orientation.
Days 5-8(Tuesday, September 24 –Friday, September 27, 2013): 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, September 28-Sunday, September 29, 2013): Free days; cultural activities or day trips.
Days 11 -14 (Monday, September 30-Thursday, October 3, 2013): 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, October 4, 2013): House dedication; farewell lunch; fly back to Kathmandu; free time and overnight there.
Day 16 (Saturday, October 5, 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.  

Program cost
(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!

Team leader
Ron Swartz is a student of the world and has been to class in more than 40 countries and on all seven continents. With Habitat builds in Chile, Malawi, Papua New Guinea, Mongolia, Haiti, Jordan and Costa Rica, he is a true believer in providing this amazing giving experience to those in need all around the world. Ron recruits fun diverse teams and encourages people with no experience to apply! As a general contractor in Seattle, Wash. Ron is ready to assist those in need and help bring you one of your most memorable experiences of your life! Join him at the rooftop of the world. Apply now! 

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