Discover the natural and historical beauty of Nepal as we work alongside others to help provide affordable housing to families in need. You will have fun and get your hands dirty as we become immersed in a new culture and build friendships. The trip will require patience, flexibility and an open heart and mind. However, no construction experience is necessary. At the end of the trip, you will be left with the sense of being part of something bigger than yourself, and you’ll return home with many wonderful memories.
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.
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, September 13, 2013): Depart from home.
Day 2 (Saturday, September 14, 2013): Travel day.
Day 3 (Sunday, September 15, 2013): Arrive in Kathmandu; welcome and general orientation; overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 4 (Monday, September 16, 2013): 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, September 17 –Friday, September 20, 2013): 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, September 21-Sunday, September 22, 2013): Free days; cultural activities or day trips.
Days 11-14 (Monday, September 23-Thursday, September 26, 2013): 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, September 27, 2013): House dedication; farewell lunch; fly back to Kathmandu; free time and overnight there.
Day 16 (Saturday, September 28, 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.
(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!
Katie Evans works for Habitat for Humanity International, helping to coordinate Global Village teams to the Asia Pacific region. She has had the opportunity to travel to some amazing countries—both in a work and personal setting—and is excited to return to Nepal for the third year in a row. She works to build meaningful friendships with the people she meets and is dedicated to providing a memorable experience during this trip.
Please contact Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or with questions about this trip.