April 11-19, 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 reported as being at least 40,000 annually. This demand significantly increased when the 2015 earthquakes and 2017 flooding together damaged approximately 900,000 homes, leaving them in need of repair or complete reconstruction. Habitat for Humanity Nepal is taking an owner-driven approach in assisting those still living in temporary shelter as they rebuild their homes with 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 mortar mix, carrying and soaking bricks, weaving bamboo, hauling sand and gravel or laying bricks. 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
Bob and Leslie have lived and worked in Alaska for most of their adult lives. They’ve both served as volunteers overseas, working as Global Village Asia Pacific trainers. Collectively, they’ve led over 50 teams throughout their 20 plus years with Habitat. Bob and Leslie lead teams to help people and open doors for participants to experience other cultures and people, all while working with people in need of decent, safe housing.
Looking back at their Global Village memories, Bob and Leslie are reminded of children and the positive change owning a home has on their future. Seeing their parent’s eyes as they realize during the construction of their home that what they’ve always hoped for is becoming a reality that will benefit their family for generations.