Building Classrooms

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High­lights

Have a tangible impact by volunteering on our building project in Nepal. Help rebuild classrooms after the deadly earthquake in April 2015.
Work alongside builders, engineers and architects. your work will mean that children have a safe space to continue their education.
Your work will mean that children have a safe space to continue their education.
With the majestic Himalayan mountain range, or age-old temples around the corner, you have much to see and do during your free time.
There are a whole host of ways you can explore the stunning and incredibly varied landscapes of Nepal.
Travel to Nepal and help rebuild and repair classrooms damaged by earthquakes. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples

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

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.

Typical day

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.

Free-time activities

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. 

Sightseeing
Climbing
Hiking

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 09:30 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by Projects Abroad
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • 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

  • A cultural awareness course

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


Airport Pickup at Tribhuvan International Airport

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu, a Projects Abroad staff member will be there to welcome you. They will then drive you to your accommodation in the city, where you’ll be able to relax and settle in. It’s about a thirty-minute drive from the airport to the city centre.

The cost of your airport transfers are included in your project fee.  

Accommodation

Based in the capital, Kathmandu you’ll stay in a Guesthouse with other volunteers. 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.


Guesthouse
Food & Beverages
Your programme fees include three meals a day.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu. We assist you to find cheap flights to Nepal.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Nepal provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Nepal you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Nepal.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

The start dates are completely flexible. 

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$1,145
2 weeks
$1,340
3 weeks
$1,535
4 weeks
$1,730
8 weeks
$2,510
16 weeks
$4,070
50 weeks (max. stay)
$10,700
Average fees
$680 /week

The organization charges its fees in GBP. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Projects Abroad will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Projects Abroad during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Building Classrooms

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

$680/week

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