Volunteers in Nepal dig up sand for cement to help rebuild schools as part of their construction volunteer project.

Building Volunteer Work in Nepal

Travel to Asia and help rebuild and repair classrooms damaged by earthquakes.

Do building volunteer work in Nepal and help us rebuild classrooms destroyed by earthquakes. You'll work with local builders, and construct classrooms from the ground up. You'll also refurbish classrooms. Each brick laid helps more children return to learning in a safe environment. 


In April 2015, deadly earthquakes ripped through Nepal, leaving destruction in their wake. Schools, roads, homes, and so much more were lost. In that same year, Projects Abroad called for volunteers from around the world to help rebuild. We’ve focused our efforts on building classrooms so children have safe spaces to learn. 


You’ll get involved with all aspects of the building process and work under the supervision of builders, engineers, and architects.


You’ll be based in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city, and live in a guesthouse. With the majestic Himalaya mountain range, or age-old temples around the corner, you have much to see and do during your free time.


Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price

We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1 212 244 7234 for more info.

When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.

Project Overview

Start Dates:

Completely flexible dates

Minimum Duration:

One Week

Placement Location:

Kathmandu (Read More)

Accommodation:

Various options Read More

Requirements :

Anyone aged over 16 can join

What's included in the price?
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • A supervisor/mentor at your work placement

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • Access to our alumni services and discounts

  • Visa support and advice

  • Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor

  • Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website

  • Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination

  • A free cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

  • Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable

What's not included?
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

Projects Abroad volunteers assist in laying concrete slabs whilst on their building volunteer work in Nepal.

Is the Building Project in Nepal right for me?

Building in Nepal is perfect for anyone willing to help using their own two hands. You’ll see the immediate fruits of your labour with each brick you lay, or each wall you paint. 


No experience in construction? No problem! Masons, engineers, and architects are on hand to guide and instruct you.


This experience will also help boost your CV for any application or interview you do. Your time in Nepal will show an interest in global affairs, and demonstrate your commitment to helping others.


As a volunteer on the Building Project in Nepal, you will also get multiple opportunities to explore a country rich in culture, history, and natural wonders like the Himalayas.

What will I do as a construction volunteer in Nepal?

As a construction volunteer in Nepal, you will put your strength into mixing cement, laying bricks, and painting new school classrooms.


Here are some of the tasks you can expect to do:


  • Build classrooms from the ground up for young students
  • Build toilets and washing facilities for schools and the community
  • Renovate existing classrooms by painting walls, or creating murals for educational purposes

Your work will focus on the following areas:


Building classrooms from the ground up


Your tasks will include clearing sites, digging foundation trenches, mixing cement, and laying bricks to create walls. All of your work is part of our efforts to give children safe spaces to learn in. Masons, architects, and engineers will guide your work at all times at the construction sites.  


Building toilets and washing facilities for schools and the local community


You will also work to build toilets and washing facilities that will serve hundreds of people. This will give young and old in the community the dignity that each person deserves.


Renovating existing classrooms


Your work doesn’t end at construction. When you’re finished building, you’ll start painting. As part of your volunteer building work in Nepal, you’ll paint the walls and paint educational murals. Murals like the ABCs and 123s will also help teachers with their lessons long after you’ve returned home.

Where in Nepal will I be working?

Kathmandu

The Kathmandu Valley will be your home away from home in Nepal. This country of 25 million people is also home to Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world above sea level.


Most of your time will be spent at a building site, working with masons, engineers, and architects to build and renovate classrooms. You will also get involved with building toilets and washing facilities for schools and the local community.


You will live with other volunteers in a guesthouse organised by Projects Abroad. You’ll share meals with the other volunteers, and you’ll probably find yourself building friendships that span countries and cultures!  


Eager to experience the cultural and tourist side of Nepal during your volunteering trip? You can plan a souvenir shopping expedition, or use a weekend for a trip to the city of Pokhara.  

AIRPORT PICKUP, FLIGHTS AND VISAS

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Nepal Arrival Procedures page

Volunteers with Projects Abroad help to build classrooms during their building volunteer work in Nepal.

A typical day on the Building Project in Nepal

Each day in Nepal is different. You will wake up in the guesthouse, and have breakfast with fellow volunteers. Wearing sturdy shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty in, you travel to the building site in transport organised by Projects Abroad.


You will work Monday to Friday, from 9.30am to 4pm.


Your daily activities will depend on which stage the building is at. Each day you check on your tasks with the supervisor or mason on duty. From there, you collect the materials needed and join volunteers on the latest building project. One day may be dedicated to building, another day you may be painting.


During your lunch break, you’ll eat your packed lunch with the other volunteers and staff on duty. We strongly recommend drinking plenty of water throughout the day, as your work is labour intensive.


At the end of your working day, you can relax at the guesthouse or explore. We encourage you to use weekends to wander through a Nepali temple, go on a Monastery tour, or learn how to cook a Nepali meal! There’s so much to do and so little time, make each moment in Nepal count.

Female Projects Abroad volunteer takes a picture of a group of children having a lesson in a half built classroom whilst on her building volunteer work in Nepal.

What are the aims and impact of this project?

The aim of this project is to rebuild classrooms destroyed by earthquakes, and provide safer learning environments for children.


In 2015, a devastating earthquake struck Nepal. Schools, homes, and vital infrastructure were damaged and lost. That same year, we started a Building Project to restore what was lost. By 2017, volunteers had built 96 classrooms at nine schools. This meant 2,000 children were able to resume schooling in safe and colourful classrooms.  


There is still a lot of work that needs to be done. Many schools lack the funds to rebuild and desperately need help. With your efforts, we can build more classrooms and help a great number of children return to school. You’ll put your strength into building for a cause, and get your hands dirty doing something good.


“I felt so grateful to all Projects Abroad volunteers for helping out our school during such a difficult time. I also don’t have a word to thank them. I have seen them working so hard in the heat and rain to complete the school. I will always be grateful for all the volunteers of Projects Abroad,” said Sunrise School Principal, Mr. Surendra Maharjan.


Join this Building Project in Nepal and see the direct result of your work and the positive impact it has on the local community.


Measuring Our Impact

Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.


Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

You'll share accommodation with other Projects Abroad volunteers and interns during your stay in Kathmandu. This is a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers and interns, share experiences, and explore your surroundings in your time together.


On our High School Specials, we will always try to have you share a room with at least one volunteer or intern of the same sex and approximate age. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.


Your programme fees include three meals a day.


Find out more about our accommodation.

LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND FREE TIME

When you think of Nepal, the first thing that comes to mind is the majestic Himalayan Mountain Range. This is just one example of the country’s extraordinary natural beauty. Combined with rich cultures, this makes it a unique country to volunteer in and explore.

There are a whole host of ways you can explore the stunning and incredibly varied landscapes of Nepal. You can drive off-road through Chitwan National Park, go biking through Kathmandu Valley, or trek in the foothills of Annapurna.

In the evenings and over weekends, it’s worth taking some time to see the sights in Kathmandu. This includes Durbar Square, where you can stand in the midst of an ancient palace. The towering spectacle of the Boudhanath Stupa is also a must-see.

Nepal is one of our most popular destinations, so there will be many other volunteers in the country with you during your trip. This gives you the freedom to spend your leisure time either exploring alone or in a group. 

SAFETY AND STAFF SUPPORT

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.


Find out more about safety and backup.

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