Community Construction Nepal

On Saturday 25th April, 2015 the most powerful earthquake to hit Nepal since 1934 struck near Saurpani, between capital Kathmandu and tourist town Pokhara. Measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, up to 10,000 people are believed to have died from the natural disaster. Here you'll focus on the rebuilding of schools, orphanages and health centers in Kathmandu and remote villages deep in the mountains of Nepal!

Community Construction Program Nepal

 

Program Fees

Whats Included

  • Arrival & airport transfers
  • Local ground transportation
  • Accommodation – Volunteer Center (sharing with other volunteers)
  • 3 Meals per day
  • Use of necessary construction equipment and materials
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Certificate of Completion

Whats Not Included

  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Airfares & visa fees
  • Additional tours, souvenirs, spending money
  • Some daily local transport (depending on program eg. $2 p/day)

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Background Information

The earthquake of 2015 had a devastating impact on both life and property in Nepal.  The scale of destruction was unimaginable.  Basic necessities such as drinking water, food, clothing & medicine have since been restored, however the re-building efforts will take years to complete.  

As a volunteer in the Community Construction program in Nepal, you’ll focus on the rebuilding of schools, orphanages and health centers in/around Kathmandu.  Many schools in Nepal do not even have basic physical infrastructure like toilets, proper classrooms, playgrounds, libraries, or even drinking water.  Assistance is desperately needed to carry out renovation work and provide support to these areas where so much devastation has occurred.

Schedule

Example day to day (breakfast lunch, dinner included daily)

  • Arrive on Sunday

  • Monday to Friday – Activities vary depending on the needs at the time. However, the main tasks are the following:
    • Bringing down broken structures
    • Building walls using cement, sand, stone, bricks etc
    • Painting
    • Basic carpentry work
    • Fencing the school premises
    • Preparing mixture of cement, sand and water
    • Shift rocks from one place to another
  • Saturday and Sunday are free to explore the surrounding villages and local markets with your fellow volunteers***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***

Accommodation

All accommodation is included during your placement.  Your stay will be comfortable, clean and secure with basic modern amenities.  Depending on your chosen volunteer project, you will stay in either a volunteer centre (dedicated house) or a home stay.  Located in the heart of Kathmandu, about 1 hours drive from the airport, the volunteer centers house up to 20 volunteers with 3 to 4 people sharing one room (single gender rooms). They have modern bathrooms; a modern kitchen and dining room, mini library, a fully furnished living room; live-in staff on call 24/7; a garden complete with a comfortable covered area and 24/7 security.  Centrally located, there are several gym’s nearby as well as local supermarkets, ATM’s, mobile phone shops etc.  

For couples or those wanting more privacy, there are upgrade accommodation options available for an additional cost (approx US $150 p/room p/week).  This must be booked well in advance and is subject to availability. 

Kathmandu accommodation includes;

  • 3 Meals p/day weekdays,  2 Meals p/day weekends (mostly vegetarian cuisine)
  • 4-6 persons p/room
  • Wifi in public areas (Quality is not the best though.  You may want to purchase a local SIM data plan)
  • T.V, DVD player, computer
  • Laundry facilities (at an additional fee)
  • Lockable rooms
  • Hot shower
  • Private bathrooms
  • Bed Linen (no towels)
  • Mosquito protection
  • Fans (no air-con)

Meals

You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are a mix of Western and Nepalese food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish about once per week. You can chose to eat out at any of the local restaurants.

Visa Information

All foreign nationals require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport and at some land borders (including borders with India and Tibet).

Getting a visa at the airport can take time due to long queues. There have been instances when passengers were asked to show return flight tickets. You will also need to provide two passport photos and the following fees in US dollars cash.   Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ. The following costs are a guideline
– Multi entry visa valid for 15 days – US$30 by cash
– Multi entry visa valid for 30 days – US$40 by cash
– Multi entry visa valid for 90 days – US$100 by cash
Your visa application form may require you to state the dates on which you enter and exit that country.

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