Disaster Relief in Nepal Winter Break Trip
- Placement location: Kathmandu
- Role: To assist with on-going relief work and help with the construction of temporary schools
- Requirements: None
- Accommodation: Hotel
- Arrival Airport: Kathmandu (KTM)
- Local Languages: Nepali
In the wake of the devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal in April 2015 and damaged or destroyed more than 24,000 classrooms, Projects Abroad identified an urgent need to set up alternative learning spaces for children. Any assistance you can provide on the Disaster Relief program will help children return to a normal school environment more quickly.
On this two-week program, you will join a group and contribute to important relief work in Kathmandu over the winter break. You do not need any previous construction experience to volunteer but you should be physically fit.
Your group will focus on building temporary schools, working under the supervision of a civil engineer and a skilled mason. Although the mason cannot speak English, a local Projects Abroad staff member will serve as a translator on the building site. You will get involved in a variety of tasks on-site, such as mixing cement, painting, and digging trenches.
In Nepal, you and the other volunteers in your group will stay in a hotel. In the evenings, you can enjoy socializing with the other volunteers at cultural and leisure activities organized by our local staff. Over the weekend, volunteers will travel together on a trip to Chitwan National Park (a World Heritage Site and the first national park in Nepal).
If you are a high school student and first-time traveler you may want to consider our High School Special program in Nepal.