- Official Language(s)
- 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 (?)
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.
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?
How much does it cost?
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.
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.