- 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. 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. These conditions are the reason we need volunteers in Nepal.
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 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?
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November 24 - December 8, 2018
Nov 24 - Dec 8, 2018
|Dang district||Creating Possibilities||Explore Trip »|
October 6 - October 20, 2018
Oct 6 - Oct 20, 2018
|Dang||Creating Possibilities||Explore Trip »|
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?
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.