TRIP #NPL1118:


Build a home so a family can build a life

Nov 24, 2018
Dec 8, 2018
Approx. $2300
Dang district, Nepal


Nepal is a country with much beauty and much poverty. Many families here bring in little income and circumstances leave them trying to eke out a living. This project involves building a home with other volunteers in Nepal.

About The Trip:

Our goal is to build proper housing for a family in need who has been identified by 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 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 single mother. You’ll work alongside like-minded volunteers in Nepal 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 sunny days with daytime temperature generally hovering around a pleasant 15°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 and weekend time will offer lots of chance to hit the trails or take in some of the many cultural experiences that Nepal offers.

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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.

The beneficiary of this project is Nauni, a 34 year old single mother with a daughter and son. Both children go to public school. They currently live in a house with her brother-in-laws family. There are currently a total of 13 people in this household. Four years ago Nauni’s husband was electrocuted in a construction accident and was unable to work. He lost his arm and was so badly injured he was unable to work. Two years later he died.

Nauni Nittu Kiratha_Nepal project beneficiaries

Before the accident Nauni’s husband and two brothers purchased a small plot of land and Nauni struggles with her debt of $1,000 US dollars.

Nauni works part time cleaning. This and some portion of the farming revenue is her only source of income.

The family home she lives in now is mud and wood typical of the temporary houses in the area. The homes are subject to damage during rainy season and because they are close to the river it sometimes floods their property and the fields.

Nauni would very much like to have her own home with a room for her children on the property she is part owner in. This will also free up space in the existing house for the other families


When / Itinerary:

  • Saturday, November 24 – team arrives in Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Sunday, November 25 – travel day from Kathmandu to the project site
  • Monday, November 26 to Friday, November 30 – project work
  • Saturday, December 1 to Sunday, December 2 – free days for some R and R
  • Monday, December 3 to Friday, December 7 – project work
  • Saturday, December 8: return to Kathmandu and then home or continue travel in Nepal and beyond

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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 near the work site 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 $2,300 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:

David Lyon

Since taking early retirement, David has focussed on creating and participating in projects that have a positive and lasting impact on his local community and internationally. “I want my actions to bring positive change to individual lives.” David worked in the market research industry for 20 years, and then pursued his passion for woodturning, selling his work both wholesale and retail. David is married, has one daughter and twin grandchildren. He lives in Warkworth Ontario with his wife, dog and cat.

Five years ago David launched, and remains the driving force behind, a grassroots organization called The Abundance Project which promotes healthy eating and social interaction around food. He particularly enjoys coordinating the cooking and nutrition classes provided to the senior public school students by him and local foodies.

David has volunteered with Developing World Connections and Habitat for Humanity in Bolivia, Vietnam and most recently in northern India. “I was captivated by the people and landscape, and am looking forward to discovering the similarities and differences between India and Nepal.” An important aspect of all of David’s travels is the opportunity to meet and work with local people. “I really like the fact that the DWC projects are driven by local grassroots NGOs that have a past and future in their communities. This fosters a deeper sense of connection with the project and the people we’re there to help.”

David’s leadership style is informal and inclusive. “It is really important to me that all team members feel comfortable, valued, involved and are provided with many opportunities to connect with the project community.” Join David to experience Nepal and to be a force for change.

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.

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