March 14-22, 2020: Help build affordable housing while exploring a new culture.
Trip cost: US$2,090
Join this trip and help vulnerable and disaster-affected families gain access to safe, affordable housing.
Nepal’s urban housing demand is report as being at least 40,000 annually. This need is compounded by the 2015 earthquakes and 2017 flooding that together damaged approximately 900,000 homes, leaving them in need of repair or complete reconstruction and increasing the housing demand significantly. Habitat for Humanity Nepal is taking an owner-driven approach by working alongside those affected by disasters who are still living in temporary shelter as they rebuild their homes using a disaster-resilient design.
You’ll be staying in double-occupancy rooms at a nearby hotel where breakfast and dinner will be provided. Lunches will be served on the build site. Work site tasks typically include mixing and setting the mortar mix, carrying and soaking bricks, weaving bamboo, hauling sand and gravel or laying brick. Off the build site, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in local festivals, visit historic temples and interact with the community through local school visits!
- Saturday: Welcome. Join us in Kathmandu where you’ll be greeted at the airport by Habitat staff and meet up with the rest of your team. You’ll enjoy dinner in a local restaurant or at the hotel in Kathmandu.
- Sunday: Learn. Head towards Kavre. Along the way you’ll learn about Habitat’s innovative work in Nepal and your team’s project for the week. Habitat staff will introduce you to the community where you’ll be staying.
- Monday-Thursday: Build. Spend the day on the build site breaking for lunch, snacks and water throughout the day. You’ll have free time and team activities in the evenings.
- Friday: Celebrate. Spend the morning working on the build site before enjoying a farewell ceremony celebrating the week’s accomplishments.
- Saturday: Explore. Depart Kavre and head back towards Kathmandu. There will be time to explore the local area and cultural activities.
- Sunday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Nepal independently or head home.
Please note that while our itineraries begin with arrival day in country, some locations require additional days for travel.
Leading this team
“Habitat for Humanity and Global Village are amazing opportunities to serve, grow and learn about myself, the world and its people,” Lou says. He always tells his team that while their mission is to build and improve housing and sanitation, it’s equally as important that they build relationships and understanding as team members and with the people they serve. Lou has seen long-lasting friendships and even marriages come out of his Global Village teams.
When it comes to his leadership style, Lou takes a hands-on approach. He engages with team members, the hosting Habitat and skilled workers on site as well as with the families and community. Lou’s wish is that each team member walks away from the build with a feeling of accomplishment, growth and connection with the other team members and community they worked alongside.