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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

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.

In 2015 a series of massive earthquakes rocked Nepal. Nearly nine thousand people lost their lives in the disaster. Over 20 thousand people were injured. It was the worst natural disaster to strike since 1934, upending the lives of eight million Nepalis – nearly a third of the population.

Hardly anything was spared in the destruction and DWC teams assisted with recovery efforts by rebuilding schools. Post earthquake assessment, rural housing still stands out as an area of greatest need. Our project work has evolved to focus on building housing for the rural poor.

DWC works with our partner who meticulously identifies beneficiaries, the beneficiaries themselves participate with the volunteers in the construction of their home and the homes are built so that they are more resistant to the elements.

Volunteer projects

Volunteers in Nepal 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 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. The construction of a community centre in Dang called UNAKO House (Unako translates to ‘hers’) provides work and literacy programs for young women and home to a computer training centre, two retail stores and sewing machines for UNAKO scarf making.

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?

2019 TRIPS

PROJECT DATES COMMUNITY IN-COUNTRY PARTNER DETAILS
March 9 - March 23, 2019
Mar 9 - Mar 23, 2019
Dang district Creating Possibilities Explore Trip #NPL0319 »
October 12 - October 26, 2019
Oct 12 - Oct 26, 2019
Dang Creating Possibilities Explore Trip #NPL1019 »

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 the project with partner Creating Possibilities Nepal. It does not include airfare. However, the entire cost paid through DWC is 100% eligible for a charitable tax receipt, 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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