Building Project in Nepal
Nepal is one of the most underdeveloped countries in the world and the country is still trying to recover and rebuild since the earthquake of 2015. Together with hardworking and compassionate volunteers, and our local partners, Volunteering Journeys can do something to help. Our Building Project in Nepal allows Engineering graduates and students to learn about construction and building work in a developing country with limited resources. Not only is our building project great for enhancing your CV but it can also be a life changing experience that allows you to travel and learn about the world at the same time. On a personal level, many find this internship in Nepal to be a soul searching adventure, one that adds meaning and depth to your life. And whether or not you’ve had experience with building or structural desgin, you could be an invaluable resource to the local team of engineers.
As a nation with so many environmental conditions, after the earthquake, rebuilding and rehousing using eco friendly and environmentally efficient ways has become more important. The work that our students do here really does make a measurable difference. And that’s one of the biggest rewards with a project like this; you can see the direct benefits of the time you devote and you can connect with locals in an unbelievable way. Whether you in the middle of a university degree or just looking for an immersive travel experience during the summer, this Volunteering Journeys Building Project in Nepal will teach you more than you can imagine.
This placement has a 4 week minimum and a 6 month maximum. If you are interested in any specific time frames for your university requirement please get in touch with us.
The Volunteering Journeys Building Project is based in rural Nepal which were hugely devastated by the earthquake. It was the biggest earthquake in over 80 years and thousands of families were left to sleep on the streets with no water or electricity. Supplies were flown in from all over the world but a few years on local engineers are now looking for students to assist them in converting energy efficient and earthquake resistant constructions, conserving natural resources and energy reduction through architectural redesign work, generating energy from renewable resources and creating green and eco friendly community spaces.
If you choose to join this engineering internship in Nepal you will spend your time working with the local engineers and communities to help them rebuild schools and homes with much more environmentally friendly and energy efficient methods. Tasks may include visiting project sites and staying on site as required, preparing site plans and specifications including costing estimates, investigating natural resources, wildlife and plants in the area, analysing environmental reports on land conditions such as drainage and energy usage, preparing graphic representations of proposed plans using computer aided design and drafting, creating dummy models of eco friendly houses and sites, creating environmental impact reports and so on. This is a just a glimpse into what’s involved in our program but we do ask that our volunteers and students remain open minded and flexible, as other needs may crop up from day to day. You will also need work remotely and at times with limited resources. The possibilities of what you may be doing when you’re here are endless; the most important thing is that you’re willing to learn and give back.
With such a varied amount of structural redesign involved, you will soon learn a lot. But rest assured, this will also make a huge difference to the the community of Nepal. And as you’ll be conveniently housed near Kathmandu valley, there will be much to explore this incredible country at the weekends and during your own free time.
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Major Holidays to Note: October 17 till October 30 2020 Dashain Festival during which the local team will be taking time off.
For 2021 please select Sunday starts for every month (except October)
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- Pre-departure support and materials – to prepare you for your trip
- Airport Pick up
- Accommodation in a basic homestay. This may be remote at times during site work and visits.
- Experienced bilingual local staff team to support you
- Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner – local Nepali food
- Basic local area tour. Your area tour does not include entrance fees to anything.
- Project training with the local Program Manager
- Access to office in Kathmandu for any project related work
- All project materials as required
Whats Not Included in your program fee :
- Flights to the program destination
- Airport Transfers
- Project Travel Cost
- Medical and travel insurance (compulsory)
- Visa costs
- Airport Transport for Return flight
- Excursions and tips for local teams
- Local excursions
Local Team On Ground
Anish Neurone, Program Manager Nepal
Anish has more than 14 years of experience working on social development projects, having different roles in Project Management, Planning & Development, Management Information Systems and Qualitative Research. Currently he is Director of our program Nepal, where his role is mainly tooordinate the relationships between Volunteering Journeys anddifferent international organizations around the world, ensuring having the appropriate volunteer programs and social projects in place
- The nearest airport for this program is Kathmandu Airport ( KTM )
- Visas are on arrival in Nepal.
- Travel Insurance is compulsory on this program.
- We have partnered with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for travel guidance to Nepal. Goto www.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo to find out how best to avoid trouble when abroad. Packed with essential travel advice and tips, the website also offers up-to-date country information.
- For support on any of the above email us firstname.lastname@example.org
What your first few days looks like:
Day 1: Volunteers are welcomed by a Volunteering Journeys representative at the airport in Kathmandu before being guided to a local homestay where you can relax.
Day 2 : You will be shown around the local sights and get acquainted with the area. You will also have personal meetings with our Program Manager to determine how to best utilise your skills, time and experience.
Day 3: You will be starting project work and be taken to your site and introduced to others on the local team. Your day to day tasks will be discussed with you. Each project will be different and will involve a lot of community interaction as well.
Kathmandu may still be in a time of rebuild, but the city still retains much of its original beauty. There’s much to see and do within the capital itself, but you’re also never too far from something a little more remote and spiritual. Situated close to the Himalayan Mountains, Kathmandu really is a trekker’s paradise – a dream destination for travellers who love the great outdoors! During weekends, you can head to Langtang National Park, known as the gateway to the mountains. But even if you’re not much of a walker, the views will be enough to capture your senses; because you can catch sight of the peaks from just about anywhere in the city. If you’re meeting friends and other travellers, head to the UNESCO listed Durbar Square (great for street food) or if you’re into shopping and nightlife, don’t miss the Thamel neighbourhood (a favourite meeting point for backpackers).
What Happens When I Arrive?
Living Arrangements for Volunteers in Nepal:
We do our best to ensure that all of our volunteers are safe, comfortable and looked after by our friendly team and organisational partners. Living accommodation is often basic but our team will make sure that you have everything you need during your time out here, including clean bathrooms with showers, fans for the hot summer months, plus daily meals provided by your local host family. We choose to live with Nepali families so that you can enjoy an authentic cultural travel experience, whilst families can get a sustainable source of income for their service.
Community living a core concept of ours, so everyone who donates their time to Volunteering Journeys will be housed together with other likeminded travellers and volunteers; the purpose of this is to give you an opportunity to meet new people, share your experiences with others, and to encourage organic friendships with your peers. There’s plenty of time to travel, sightsee and socialise, so our community-friendly arrangement will help you find others to share your time with.
You will either be located close to or adjacent to the building site, so daily travel isn’t something you will need to worry about. In any circumstances where travel is required, our team will help you get to and from your accommodation.
Health and Safety :
When you join our programs you can be assured we have carried out Risk Assessments to identify potential safety and health risks on projects and in the community. We share this information with you in our pre departure documents and on arrival. Our local staff are well trained and we provide 24/7 emergency numbers to all participants. We protect the safety of children and vulnerable adults on our programs by police verification checks on all participants. Please read our Child Protection Policy for more details.
Volunteers Love Us!
‘My experience in India was absolutely fantastic. Having never done anything like this before, Volunteering Journeys made sure I settled in well and supported me throughout my time. Being placed with an amazing family gave me the chance to experience Indian culture first hand. I was part of the Disabled Childcare Programs for two weeks. Although short, I felt the time I spent was so valuable for the children. If this is something that you are interested in I would 100% recommend it. The memories, friendships and experiences you will develop will be ones that you will never forget.’
‘The teaching experience was second to none. I was overwhelmed by the respect and politeness all the children have, which made it some much easier to work with them, even with the language barrier. The amazing thing about the schools I visited was that all the children are like little sponges, they absorb everything you say, teach and do! It’s quite outstanding how much they gain from just a small conversation in the playground or in the class room.
So in general if you are questioning whether you want to volunteer and you don’t know what company to go with, it has the be Volunteering Journeys. You will be well looked after, gain an immense experience and make friends for life!!!’
‘I took a short sabbatical from work in November 2013 and decided to come to India. I was helping at a small school in Fort Kochi, teaching English, Maths, Science and the odd nursery rhyme. The school where I volunteered had amazing teachers and the kids were great. Ridhi and the team organised everything brilliantly – from cycling tours to the backwaters, to hosting me with a family that made my stay feel like home. If you’re going to volunteer in India then I highly recommend Volunteering Journeys’
“J’ai passé deux mois formidables à Kochi en travaillant comme volontaire avec Volunteering Journeys. Deux mois de ma vie que je n’oublierais jamais. J’ai rencontré des gens incroyables et participé à des projets qui me tenaient vraiment à coeur. J’ai pu voir l’aboutissement de mes efforts et le sourire sur le visage des enfants. Une expérience magique que je recommande à tous. Merci Rainbow”
‘I spent 3 wonderful weeks with the Volunteering Journeys team in Kerala, it marked the beginning of almost 2 months adventuring through India, and I can say without a doubt it was one of my favourite experiences of my time spent in incredible India! From the moment my plane landed and I was greeted by a friendly face and whisked away to a wonderful home, the local staff were incredibly welcoming, helpful, supportive and great fun to be around!
I spent my time volunteering in 2 local schools, assisting with English studies. The enthusiasm and joy with which the children approach their days will ensure you never want to leave!I cannot recommend Volunteering Journeys highly enough, it was such a joyful introduction to India – it’s culture, people and crazy beautiful way of life. You will leave with some fond memories and firm friendships’
‘I volunteered by teaching English both at a school and at an all girls’ orphanage for two months. It has been the best experience of my life so far. I really got to know the children I was teaching and seeing the children’s English improve over my time was an incredible feeling. From being introduced to yoga to tasting delicious flavoursome Indian cuisine and living in “God’s own country”, has left me eager to return. I have made friends across the World who made my time spent in Kerala unforgettable. I highly recommend volunteering with Volunteering Journeys; Kerala is beautiful and you will gain fun memories.’
‘I spent two weeks running an art workshop which was absolutely fantastic. The children were so enthusiastic and bustled about with paste and paint, putting together the most amazing creations. They were not used to producing collaborative work and were thrilled when their individual efforts achieved a glorious whole. Their personalities really shone through and I became very fond of them in the short time I was with them. Thank you to Volunteering Journeys for enabling me to have such a wonderful experience!’
‘There is some kind of magic that happens when you’re in India. The climate, the people, the warm welcome, the happiness in every person, the culture, it’s simply inspiring. On top of that having a group of friendly, thoughtful organizers guiding me through the program made my time volunteering with Volunteering Journeys one of the most memorable moments in my life.
If anyone reading this is considering becoming a volunteer, don’t hesitate, become a volunteer. It will be the most rewarding experience and adventure of your life. I assure you that you will have a vital impact on the community, the place and the children. I would recommend Volunteering Journeys without hesitation. Well organized and hassle free adventure. You get help and guidance with everything you need. Kerala was my destination. Safe, beautiful and very friendly. Just do it and have an adventure of your life!’
“Volunteering at the schools was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Once again the friendships you create are irreplaceable. Admittedly, the first few days were scary, in the sense that my partner and I were only 18 & 20 yrs old and we were teaching women and children a language that was not their first. However the persistence and willingness of Indians is not to be tested. Each of our students put in 100% and naturally we became very personal with everyone and these women and children taught us much more. We came out of this experience with more than we had ever anticipated. It can’t be put into words just how much we learnt from volunteering. Ever aspect of our lives and mindset has changed.”
‘I think it was quite an eye opening experience to kind of see how people live and enjoy their lives very differently to what we do probably in UK. Even though comparatively they didn’t have as much, the children still came to school with a smile on their face and they were really keen to learn. They were ever so happy and always had a smile on their face regardless of the circumstances that they are living in, and I think that was an amazing experience for us to take back. We have comparatively much more wealth in the UK and we have much more available at our fingertips. Yet we were quite not so happy’
‘We decided to volunteer as part of our family vacation. It was the perfect balance: making a contribution but not being asked to do too much, with Volunteering Journeys staff with us every step of the way to help, support, clarify, etc. I was also impressed that they didn’t feed us a line about how we were changing the world in a week; I knew going in that *we* would be the ones most changed, and the staff’s perspective’s was the same: we were making an impact by showing we cared and sharing experiences, which hopefully meant something to a lot of people.’