Volunteer in Nepal

Post-earthquake reconstruction and education in Daman
Daman, Makwanpur       10 projects of 2 wks from May to February

Volunteer project: We have been operating in Daman since 2012. Daman is quite isolated and most people are farmers, living a traditional life, as they have done for generations. However, times are changing and the community has a severe lack of funds to keep up with the rapid changes that Nepal is undergoing. Young people are moving to urban areas searching for jobs, and aging of the population is becoming a serious problem.
Daman was also severely affected by the catastrophic earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, 2015 and killed nearly 9,000 people and injured nearly 22,000. 98% of the houses in Daman were damaged by the earthquake. Post-disaster rehabilitation projects have been going on in the village since 2015.

Volunteers will be involved in the reconstruction of the community center damaged by the earthquake of April 2015, providing health and hygiene education for children, and enhancing child development in the school by providing physical education and disaster prevention. If the funds for reconstruction are insufficient, the main work will be education, although some construction work can still be done.
Volunteers will also help with the reconstruction of the community hall which is urgently needed. It is meant to provide the local people with an e-library, seminar and meeting rooms, and a space for various activities. Until now, 60% of the ground floor has been reconstructed.

Language: English

Free time activities: Daman offers beautiful nature, inviting you to take a hike for some spectacular views. While trekking the Daman Hill (about 2500 m), you can see more than 10 peaks of the Himalayan range. Volunteers can go hiking to the local hilltop Patal or to Markhu to enjoy the Himalayan panorama. They can visit neighboring villages and temples, the historical Chitlang palace, or Chitwan national park (150 km from Palung).

Accommodation: In Daman, the volunteers have the unique opportunity to stay with a local family. This is great way to gain an insight into the Nepalese culture and enjoy the friendliness of the local people. Please bring your own sleeping bag. Hot water facilities are available. Volunteers will have the chance to get to know the host family and children from the family and the village while sharing home and food with them. You can enjoy probably the finest view of the Himalayas extending on a good day from Dhaulagiri in the west to Everest in the east.

Arrival and orientation: All volunteers are requested to participate in an orientation meeting in Thamel, Kathmandu on the day before the project starts. Details about the local host, the project and the travel arrangements will be provided. Volunteers will travel together from Kathmandu to the project site in Daman by bus (it takes a bit over 4 hours).

Location: Daman, Makwanpur District. Daman is a small village situated at an altitude of 2320 meters and 100 kilometers southwest of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. The village provides a beautiful view of the Himalayas with Mt. Everest in the east. It lies on the Tribhuvan Highway, one of the adventurous highways in Nepal.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 225 Euro
Airport pick-up and transportation from Kathmandu to the project site by bus is included.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
May 6 - May 19, 2019
June 6 - June 19, 2019
July 1 - July 14, 2019
July 16 - July 29, 2019
August 1 - August 14, 2019
August 16 - August 29, 2019
September 1 - September 14, 2019
September 16 - September 29, 2019
January 6 - January 19, 2020
February 6 - February 19, 2020

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Education and construction activities with the local people of Banepa
Banepa, Kavre       8 projects of 2 wks from May to February

Volunteer project: The project activities take place around Banepa - a beautiful town at 1800m altitude, surrounded by the green hills and panoramic views of the Himalayan range, just an hour bus ride from Kathmandu. Our volunteers live all together in a camp house, which is located in the hills, close to the town. Nature is all around and the air here is far better than in the bustling capital. Still Banepa offers amenities like restaurants with Wi-Fi, pharmacies, grocery stores and to top it all off, a beautiful old town. From here, field trips to a variety of places are possible, for example ancient Hindu temples, various trekking opportunities and all the sights of the Kathmandu valley are not far away.

In this project, we are helping the forest community and the Senagal village of Kavre district nearby Banepa. After the earthquake, a lot of buildings were destroyed, and the local population needs help in rebuilding the village. We'll be assisting in developing effective agricultural methods; we will do environmental awareness and forest conservation work; we'll work together with local people to build a multi-purpose community house; we will be involved in the construction work.

Community house: A short hike from the camp house further up the hill brings us to the construction site of a multi-purpose community house. Here, the local villagers will be able to gather and hold community activities, meetings and ceremonies. The house will also serve as a shelter in emergency situations. The upper floor will be home to new lodging for volunteers, a local youth club and a public medical examination room, where locals will be able to consult with a health professional for their medical issues on a regular basis.
We will build an area for seniors, a garden near the house, and a rooftop for the meeting room.

Construction projects: We need to make a water tank for the village and help rebuild the Hindu temple. We will also build a much needed wall around the community school and repair wood shelters for the village. In the community forest, we will build a fire line (1500m) together with the local people.

Education: We are planning to write and perform plays that raise local people’s awareness on environmental issues, hygiene and emergency procedures during earthquakes. Furthermore, we will work with local women to empower and prepare them for the workforce.

Volunteers in this project will be providing help in many different aspects of life in the community: gardening and agriculture (in April), gardening and park development (in May and January), planting (in July), forest conservation (in June, July, August and February), water drain construction (in August), women empowerment (in September and December). The volunteers will have the opportunity to develop construction, presentation, communication and many other skills, and get an insight into the rich and welcoming local culture.

Language: English

Free time activities: There are many ways to explore the surrounding area during your free days. You can visit the temples in Panauti city which is listed as one of the World Cultural Heritage Sites by UNESCO, or visit Bhaktapur, Dhulikhel and many other surrounding places. Another opportunity is to take a two-day trekking trip to Namobuddha or Nagarkot.

Accommodation: Simple accommodation in a camp house. Volunteers will have three traditional meals a day, mostly the Nepalese national dish Dhal Bhat. A camping pad and a sleeping bag are required. Showers with cold water are available.

Arrival and orientation: All volunteers are requested to participate in an orientation meeting in Kathmandu on the day before the project starts. Details about the local host, the project and the travel arrangements will be provided. All volunteers will travel together from Kathmandu to Banepa and the project site. Banepa is reached by a one hour journey by bus and then half an hour walk to reach the camp house in the mountain.

Location: Banepa is located in the Kavre district at 1800 m altitude, about 30km east of Kathmandu.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 225 Euro
Airport pick-up and transportation from Kathmandu to the project site by bus is included.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
May 1 - May 14, 2019
June 1 - June 14, 2019
July 1 - July 14, 2019
August 1 - August 14, 2019
September 1 - September 14, 2019
December 1 - December 14, 2019
January 1 - January 14, 2020
February 1 - February 14, 2020

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Organic farming and women empowerment in rural Nepal
Kathmandu       9 projects of 2 wks from May to March

Volunteer project: The project will take place in a small village in Kathmandu district, 7 km from Thamel, the center of Kathmandu. Most local people live off agriculture. The issue is with the chemicals that are used in agriculture and their harmful effect on public health. Our goal is to provide access to organic agriculture through involvement of the local community.
In Nepalese villages, men are generally the breadwinners, and women often depend on their husbands for money for groceries. If they have a vegetable garden on a small plot, the family could work together to provide healthy food for everyone.

From April to August, volunteers will be involved in agriculture, working in a nursery to grow new and improved varieties of vegetables and crops. We will teach the local population how to plant and grow healthy produce. We will also provide a variety of different seeds which will be distributed to local families so that they can be used effectively to provide sustenance.
From September to March, volunteers will organize women empowerment, health education and environmental awareness activities with the local people.

Language: English

Free time activities: There are many places you can visit in the free time: a national park for hiking, many temples, a government school. In the evenings, we will talk about different topics such as liberty of expression, agriculture, peace, etc.

Accommodation: Simple accommodation in a camp house is provided. Volunteers will have three traditional meals a day, mostly the Nepalese national dish Dhal Bhat. A camping pad and a sleeping bag are required. Showers with cold water are available.

Arrival and orientation: All volunteers are requested to participate in an orientation meeting in Kathmandu on the day before the project starts. Details about the local host, the project and the travel arrangements will be provided. All volunteers will travel together from Kathmandu to the project site by bus.

Location: The village is located 13 km from the airport and 7 km from Thamel, the tourist center of Kathmandu. Kathmandu offers all amenities (restaurants with Wi-Fi, pharmacies, grocery stores, etc.).

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 225 Euro
Airport pick-up and transportation from Kathmandu to the project site by bus is included.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
May 10 - May 25, 2019
June 10 - June 25, 2019
July 10 - July 25, 2019
August 10 - August 25, 2019
September 10 - September 25, 2019
December 10 - December 25, 2019
January 10 - January 25, 2020
February 10 - February 25, 2020
March 10 - March 25, 2020

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Building a children's playground and a protective fence for the school in Siru Bari
Siru Bari, Lamjung       7 projects of 2 wks from May to March

Volunteer project: Siru Bari is a remote village in the hilly regions of Nepal where the locals still live off the land. However, the community suffers from severe lack of funds and knowledge needed for improving the living standards and facilities. The youth in the village are highly impacted. Our main goal with this project is to bring better education for the youth and improve their school facilities. We will therefore engage in both construction and educational work at the school.

During the monsoon, when the ground is soft, the school is often affected by land- and mudslides and by domestic cattle entering the area around the school. Therefore, our first task will be to build a fence around the school to protect against these issues. Our second task will be to dig out and construct a playground for the children and an area for the community to hold gatherings.
The volunteers can also teach English, Math, Sports and/or Music at the school. Interaction with the kids and involving them in cultural exchange activities is encouraged.

Language: English

Free time activities: You can explore the local area and go for a hike to the Bharte village on the top of the mountain. Here you can see the great views of the valley and the whole Annapurna mountain range.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay with a local family. You will experience their huge hospitality, friendliness and generosity, and you'll notice easily that they truly enjoy having people staying with them. They are proud of their culture and will give you a good insight into Nepali life. Please bring your own sleeping bag and mattress. Showers with cold water are available. You will be served Dal Bhat (a soup of lentil or beans with boiled rice) and Tarkari (cooked vegetables) by your host family. All vegetables are grown by the families. This is the staple diet of the Nepalese and most people eat it every day.

Arrival and orientation: All volunteers are requested to participate in an orientation meeting in Kathmandu on the day before the project starts. Details about the local host, the project and the travel arrangements will be provided. All volunteers will travel together from Kathmandu to the project site by bus.

Location: Siru Bari is in Lamjung district, about 200 kilometers west of the capital Kathmandu, in central Nepal. It is a small village with a population of approximately 500 people, all living in very traditional ways. It is situated on a hillside with beautiful views of the valley. For the volunteers, this will be a unique opportunity to experience rural Nepal and the traditional ways of living that unfortunately are becoming more and more uncommon.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 225 Euro
Airport pick-up and transportation from Kathmandu to the project site by bus is included.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
May 16 - May 29, 2019
August 16 - August 29, 2019
November 16 - November 29, 2019
December 20, 2019 - January 3, 2020
January 16 - January 29, 2020
February 16 - February 28, 2020
March 16 - March 29, 2020

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Long-term projects in Nepal