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. In April, 2015, the country was rocked by an earthquake that killed more than 9,000 people and left thousands injured and homeless.
About The Trip:
Our host partner Creating Possibilities Nepal works with local communities to identify the residents most in need. Creating Possibilities Nepal (CP), is a non-political, non-religious, non-profit social organization that supports many kinds of projects to help the Nepalese people rise out of their poverty. Many families have undergone severe hardship and constantly move from spot to spot in search of shelter. CPs’ other projects in Dang, such as the UNAKO house and their self help groups, provide resources for families motivated to improve their situation and provide a secure home and future for their children.
By working on this project, you’ll be building a future for a family that is truly in need. You’ll work alongside like-minded volunteers who are also passionate about travel and giving others a hand up, not a hand out.
Read day-to-day experiences from our volunteers on the Nepal Blog »
It’s Not All Work:
Expect warm and sunny days in Nepal in March. Daytime temperature generally hovers around a pleasant 26°C. Temperatures can vary, depending on how high up in the mountains you’re working, so it’s a good idea to prepare for a little of everything.
Nepal is a Mecca for trekkers. Following your volunteer service be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to hit the trails or take in some of the many cultural experiences that Nepal offers.
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In Nepal you will be constructing a house for a family in need of proper and sanitary housing. The houses are small, typically only 15 x 25 feet and made of bricks with a steel roof. That’s not much by most standards, but having a solid home will provide protection from the elements, improved sanitation, a secure place to nurture and raise children and the stability allows the children to enroll and attend school.
When / Itinerary:
This trip will offer a complete package of volunteering and touring. A shorter duration is possible as approved by Team Leader. Optional activities can be done during non-DWC time; One-hour flight tour of Mount Everest, Day hikes from Kathmandu and Day Tours of Kathmandu’s cultural heritage sites.
- Saturday, Sunday, March 10 to 11 – Team arrives in Kathmandu, Nepal
- Monday, March 12 – Travel to the project site
- Tuesday, March 13 to Monday, March 19 – DWC Project; these are full working days with moderate hours to meet our project and group needs. The evenings are for local exploring and relaxing.
- Tuesday, March 20 – Travel to Kathmandu and Trekking Tour
- Wednesday, March 21 to Friday, March 23 – 3 days, 2 nights Trekking Katmandu Valley. The excursion is easy with 5-7 hours of hiking/day and offers a full experience of the Nepal scenery and culture or an optional choice for touring Chitwan National Park on a jungle safari. Please note the cost of this is separate and does not qualify for a tax receipt.
- Saturday, March 24: Flights home.
The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC. You can also fundraise and we will issue charitable receipts for donations $20 CDN or greater.
You’ll make a difference in others’ lives and they will make a difference in yours. Simply put, there is joy and self-discovery that comes with giving to others. And you’ll have fun doing it, too.
DWC Team Leader:
Danielle has a long history of volunteering and travelling, two of her favourite things. She has a range of experience in the non-profit world, including co-founding, developing and managing charity and non-profit organizations. She believes we have different languages and beliefs but we all experience the same emotions, we are all the same! Any language barrier in another country is broken with a simple smile, an unspoken language understood in any country.
Having travelled as a volunteer on DWC trips to Guatemala and Nepal, Danielle found it was like an all-inclusive volunteer travel adventure where you are safely immersed in culture and experiences not available to tourists. She wholeheartedly agrees with the DWC philosophy; “It’s not our purpose to change the culture but to embrace and better understand the differences that give equal value to each society.”
Are You Ready To Go?
You can secure your place on this trip with a $500, non-refundable deposit that will go toward your total trip cost. After you’ve submitted your forms and deposit, our office will contact you and send you a welcome package.
We’re glad to have you join us.
Still have some questions? We’re here to help, please feel free to contact us now, or fill out the form.