Put your strength, time and energy into rebuilding schools devastated by earthquakes. Give young children a chance to learn in a safe environment. Every day you’ll see solid walls take shape as you create friendships with fellow teenagers from around the world. Do this and so much more as a volunteer on our Building Project in Nepal for high school students.
In early 2015, a deadly earthquake hit Nepal. Schools, homes, and other vital structures were torn down. In the same year, Projects Abroad began recruiting volunteers to help rebuild schools lost in the devastation. Our work is not yet done, and we need your help.
You’ll work alongside teenagers from around the world along with local engineers, architects and our staff in the incredible Kathmandu Valley. We arrange social events in the evenings and an amazing weekend trip, so you’ll have plenty to do both during and after work!
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.
Fixed dates during school break
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
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
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
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
Organized weekend tourism trips
Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do on this project?
The more willing hands that join us, the quicker we’re able to build more classrooms for young children in Nepal. You'll be working with a group of other teenagers, so you can have a big impact in a short amount of time. Here are some of the tasks you can expect to do:
- Build classrooms from the ground up
- Renovate existing classrooms
- Take part in activities with the children
- Experience Nepali culture during excursions and trips
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Build classrooms from the ground up
On arrival in Nepal, you get your hands dirty straight away! Dig foundation trenches, put your strength into mixing cement and concrete, and lay bricks as a supervisor guides you. This is also a great opportunity for you to speak to the experts on site about building techniques and how to pursue a career in engineering, architecture, or as a mason.
Renovate existing classrooms
Learning should be fun, engaging, and take place in a colourful environment. One of your main tasks will be to help renovate new classrooms. Let your creativity shine; paint walls from ceiling to floor or create murals of the ABCs or 123s. This will not only brighten the classroom, but can be used by the teacher for lessons at a later time.
Take part in activities with the young children
Another aspect of this project is being able to meet and play with the children who’ll learn in the classrooms you’re building. Learn some Nepali from the kids and teach them a bit about your home country.
Experience Nepali culture during excursions and trips
Your time in Nepal will be guided by a jam-packed schedule filled with rewarding work and the opportunities to have heaps of fun! Enjoy a weekend trip to Pokhara and visit the ancient temple of Changu Narayan. Also use your time in Nepal to shop for traditional clothing and souvenirs, or learn Nepali during language classes.
Where in Nepal will I be working?
During this Building High School Special, the bustling city of Kathmandu will be your home. Take advantage of a once in a lifetime opportunity to live and work in Nepal, home to the Himalayas.
Most of your short term project will see you working at school building sites to rebuild and renovate classrooms. You will stay in safe and comfortable accommodation organised by Projects Abroad.
Eager to experience the cultural and tourist side of Nepal during your volunteering trip? Your schedule is loaded with quiz nights, a chance to souvenir shop, a weekend trip to Pokhara, and so much more!
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
Overall, my trip was an unforgettable experience, and inspired me and, I think, everybody in our team to volunteer again.
Volunteer Building in Nepal for Teenagers
Meet the team in Nepal
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