TRIP #NPL0517:


Build a home for a family in need on this Adult and Family trip to Nepal

May 6, 2017
May 20, 2017
Approx. $2,500
Dang district, Nepal


Nepal is a country with much beauty and much poverty. DWC is working with Creating Possibilities Nepal, a non-profit that works with women, children and youth to have better lives. This project involves building a home for a family in need.

About The Trip:

Badhudal Chaudhary, his wife and their five children live in a tiny shack. They own no property and Badhudal works as a labourer – a job that brings in little income. Their circumstances have left this family leading a nomadic life, moving from place to place while trying to eke out a living.

Our goal is to build them proper housing this October. Our in-country partner, Creating Possibilities Nepal (CP), is a non-political, non-religious, non-profit social organization. The group envisions a democratic society where all children and women have their basic human rights respected. The organization believes in the universal realization of human rights and in transparent and good governance.

CP’s goals include establishing an educational fund for the underprivileged children and women of Nepal; to launch income generating programs for their parents; to help women and children improve their quality of leadership; and to initiate local, regional and international alliances to combat labor exploitation and sexual violation of children and women.

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:

You can expect mid- to cool-range temperatures, as Nepal’s climate hovers around 23C during the day. You’ll be up in hilly terrain, so it will be cooler on the construction site. That said, weather is never fully predictable, so you’ll want to be prepared for a little of everything.

Nepal is a Mecca for trekkers and weekend time will offer lots of chance to hit the trails or take in some of the many cultural experiences that Nepal offers.

Learn more about the Nepal »

The Project:

On this trip, you’ll be working to put together a home out of bricks with a steel roof. The plan is to build a home that’s 15X25 feet, with a kitchen, bedroom and storage room, as well as a toilet/bathroom. That’s not much by most standards, but this family doesn’t have much for housing at present. A solid home will mean stability and shelter for this family of seven.


When / Itinerary:

  • Saturday, May 6 – Team arrives in Kathmandu Nepal
  • Sunday, May 7 – Travel day from Kathmandu to Dang
  • Monday, May 8 to Friday, May 12 – Project work in Dang
  • Saturday, May 13 to Sunday, May 14 – Free days for some R and R
  • Monday, May 15 to Friday, May 19 – Project work in Dang
  • Saturday, May 20: Return to Kathmandu and then home

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Do I need construction experience and how much will we work?
You don’t need any special skills or training. We hire local skilled labourers who will give training onsite for construction and team leaders. You will work at your own pace five days a week from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your evenings and weekends are free for cultural activities and relaxing.
What are meals and accommodations like?
The team will stay at a hotel in Dang that is comfortable and clean. The food is prepared hygienically and dishes range from local to standard Western fare.
How much does it cost?
The program cost is about $2,500 and will be finalized closer to the departure date. This includes accommodations, meals, in-country transport, program costs and a donation to Creating Possibilities Nepal. It does not include airfare.

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.

Why should I volunteer?
Volunteer trips take you to places you otherwise might never go, to do things you otherwise might never do and to meet people you might never otherwise meet.

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:

Susanne Zeindler

Susanne Zeindler and Tanja Kissl

Susanne’s working career demonstrates her wide range of talents and humanity; among other things, she has been an orchestral musician and strings teacher, then a registered nurse who has worked in long-term care. From those careers and being a mother, Susanne’s life has always revolved around communication and working within a team.

The prospect of leading a team to Nepal is exciting to Susanne, as she understands the importance of education, particularly in the lives of children. So building a school is something that inspires her.

“Having children who engage as educators and grandchildren who are learning sponges, I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to building schools. And I welcome the possibility of facilitating communication and understanding among global communities.”

While she lives in a small city in British Columbia, Susanne’s heart is all about living, working and learning within a larger community: the world. She sees great potential for understanding everywhere by connecting in small groups.

She has explored South Africa, Costa Rica, France and Mexico, as well as experiencing Nepal with a Developing World Connections team. On that volunteer trip, she discovered how, by working together, diverse people can develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of others.

Are You Ready To Go?

Want more information about this trip? Email DWC at [javascript protected email address] or apply now using our online application.

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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