In April of 2015, the Gorkha region in the centre of Nepal was devastated by a major earthquake that killed thousands and left countless others without homes, schools or livelihoods. With literacy rates already at 61 per cent, the children of the area need all the education they can get. Creating Possibilities Nepal, a non-profit that works with women, children and youth to have better lives, is trying to get crumbled village schools rebuilt.
About The Trip:
This trip’s all about the kids. The children of the villages of Salangiri and Bandevi have had to study in makeshift classrooms that leave them open to wind, rain, dust and cold. You’ll be working on building walls and whatever else is needed to complete these schools, depending on the stage of construction that they are at.
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 children who live in communities where most people get by on what they can grow. 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 Gorkha’s climate in October 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.
Gorkha is about a five- to six-hour drive from the Nepali capital of Kathmandu, and about two hours from the popular tourist area of Pokhara. It’s the second-largest city of Nepal and close to the Annapurna Mountain Range, which features three of the world’s highest mountains. Pokhara is also home to the Gurkha soldiers, the World Peace Pagoda built by Buddhist monks, more than a dozen temples, trekking trails, lakes, paragliding and markets.
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For this trip, rebuilding schools from the ground up has been deemed vital to the area. Children have been left with nowhere to get an education, which compromises their ability to improve their futures. You will be helping to widen community members’ life options and increase their self-sufficiency.
Both schools are desperately needed; Bandevi is for the youngest few grades, while Salangiri is comparable to a North American elementary school.
When / Itinerary:
- Saturday, May 6 – Team arrives in Kathmandu Nepal
- Sunday, May 7 – Travel day from Kathmandu to Gorkha
- Monday, May 8 to Friday, May 12 – PROJECT WORK in Gorkha
- Saturday, May 13 to Sunday, May 14 – Free days for some R and R
- Monday, May 15 to Friday, May 19 – PROJECT WORK in Gorkha
- Saturday, May 20: Return to Kathmandu and then 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:
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?
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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