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:
- Saturday, Sunday, March 9 to 10 – Team arrives in Kathmandu, Nepal
- Monday, March 11 to Friday, March 15 – DWC Project work. The evenings are for local exploring and relaxing.
- Saturday, March 16 to Sunday, March 17 – Free days for exploring or some R and R
- Monday, March 18 to Friday, March 22 -DWC Project work. The evenings are for local exploring and relaxing.
- Saturday, March 23: Flights home or continue to travel in Nepal and beyond.
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:
Tanja is a cross-cultural story-teller who has worked in the field of humanitarian communications for more than a decade. Specifically, she has worked with grassroots non-profit organizations across Tanzania, with a disaster relief agency in post-earthquake Nepal, and currently with CARE Canada on a nutrition project in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. At the same time, Tanja has taken time away from work to volunteer extensively in community development and construction. For instance, she has volunteered in Romania, Costa Rica, Tanzania, India, Nepal, Mongolia and more. In fact, Tanja is a 3x DWC Team Leader – she led a team to Nepal in 2013 and in 2014; first to build a school and secondly to build a women’s community centre. Most recently, in March 2018, Tanja led a DWC team to Cambodia to build latrines for rural families in need. All that aside, perhaps the most important thing for you to know about Tanja is that she simply BELIEVES in the power and value of volunteering. “I have seen first-hand what volunteering can do, for the volunteer him/herself and for the local community. To me, volunteering is a chance to explore this amazing world through active service – there simply is no other way to truly embrace compassion and awareness other than to simply roll up your sleeves and step in.”
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.
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