Sep. 26-Oct. 4, 2020: Help build affordable housing while exploring a new culture!
Trip cost: US$2,305
Join this trip and help families gain access to safe, affordable housing by building new homes using bamboo.
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. Fly to Jhapa where 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. Return to 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
In 2007, Steve began his commitment of working alongside families around the world as they strive to access safe and affordable housing. As a team leader, Steve participates actively with the group as they construct the family’s home and pays close attention to each individual team member’s needs. He also coordinates and organizes the daily schedule with the host coordinator and construction staff.
Steve wants his team to have a great personal experience working alongside the host family and immersing themselves in the local culture. Most importantly, he wants his team members to develop a high degree of personal satisfaction knowing that they worked as a team to provide a safe and affordable house for the host family.