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Nepal

Nepal is home to eight of the world's ten tallest mountains, including Mount Everest; DWC volunteers are building homes for people in need

Nepal

Official Language(s)
Nepali
Population
30.9 million
% of Population Below Poverty
25.2% (7.8 million people)
GDP per CAPITA (PPP US$) (?)
$1,500 (Canada = $43,100)
UN's Human Development Index (?)
Nepal
Canada
UPDATE: Volunteering after the Nepal earthquake

On April 25, 2015, a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal. More than 9,000 people were killed, thousands went missing and half a million were displaced from their homes. The country declared a state of emergency.

Our in-country partner, Creating Possibilities Nepal (CP), reported that all of their staff and volunteers were safe and sound.

We continue with our volunteer trips to Nepal as CP needs volunteers to do work following initial relief efforts. Participants to Nepal will help with development projects CP determines to be most beneficial. Right now, that’s building houses for families.

Please contact our office if you have any questions or concerns about volunteering in Nepal.

Why volunteer in Nepal?

Nepal is among the poorest and least developed countries in the world, with one-third of its population living below the poverty line. It is a landlocked country with rugged geography, few natural resources and poor infrastructure. More than 80% of the population is rural based. For most rural families, access to land is extremely limited and many depend on plots that are too small to meet subsistence requirements. As a result, landless lower castes are often forced by their circumstances to borrow money from rich landowners just to meet their basic needs. Eventually, they end up pledging their physical labour as interest toward loan repayment. Often generations of a family get trapped in this cycle of loan repayment, working as labourers without pay for their landlords. Some Tharu families (an ethnic group indigenous to the foothills of the Himalayas) hand over their daughters for as little as $50 a year into a life of labour to feed the rest of the family.

Volunteer projects

Volunteers will work with in-country partner Creating Possibilities Nepal to build homes for families who desperately need good shelter. CP and DWC have also worked to rebuild schools in the Gorkha district. Homes and schools are a high priority so people can have proper shelter and get educated.

In the past, Creating Possibilities has also sent volunteers to work in Dang district, where more than 100 girls have been bought out of bonded labour so they can attend school and learn new skills to enter the workforce. They are supported by CP. Past projects include the construction of a community centre in Dang called UNAKO House (Unako translates to ‘hers’). This community centre provides work and literacy programs for young women who have been bought out of bonded labour. It is also be home to a computer training centre, two retail stores and sewing machines for UNAKO scarf making. The project also involved installing 36 solar panels that provide 10kWs of solar capacity to the centre. Read more about the centre here.

Developmental impact in Nepal

This is the one-year story of the centre built by Creating Possibilities with help from DWC volunteers:

When can I go?

2017 TRIPS

PROJECT DATES COMMUNITY IN-COUNTRY PARTNER DETAILS
May 27 - June 10, 2017
May 27 - Jun 10, 2017
Gorkha district Creating Possibilities Explore Trip #NPL0517YU »
May 6 - May 20, 2017
May 6 - May 20, 2017
Gorkha district Creating Possibilities Explore Trip #NPL0517 »
October 21 - November 4, 2017
Oct 21 - Nov 4, 2017
Gorkha district Creating Possibilities Explore Trip #NPL1017 »

Note: Please note this trip schedule is updated regularly and will change depending on the availability of flights and other factors that can affect travel.

How much does it cost?

Adult and Family, Custom and Corporate Trips
These trips are typically two weeks in length and the estimated $2,300 price (finalized near departure due to fluctuating exchange rates) includes in-country food, in-country ground transportation, in-country accommodation, program costs and a substantial direct donation to Creating Possibilities Nepal. It does not include airfare. However, the entire cost paid through DWC is 100% tax deductible, including airfare.

Youth and University Trips
A two- to four-week Youth and University trip varies in price and is often based on the number of participants and location. You can fundraise for your trip and DWC will issue charitable receipts to your donors. Please contact DWC for more details.

Trips may be cancelled if not enough people are registered so please sign up early to avoid disappointment. A $500 deposit is required to hold your spot on the trip; the remaining balance is due 60 days prior to your trip.

We invite people who cannot give the gift of time to donate to projects and programs through Developing World Connections.

Cultural activities

After you are finished volunteering, we suggest you travel to Pokhara, enjoying the breathtaking scenery or taking a trek through the mountains, affectionately referred to as the Apple Pie Circuit. While in Kathmandu, be sure to visit the famous Buddhist temples of Swayambhunath and Bodnath Stupa. Swayambhunath is said to be 2,000 years old. Painted on the four sides of the spire bases are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Don’t miss Patan Durbar Square situated in the heart of the city; the square is full of ancient palaces, temples and shrines.

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