Construction work in a community school

opgericht in 2011
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Join our construction team and let's provide safe classrooms, toilets and housing for underprivileged communities.
Learn about construction techniques as well as the different ways as to using very limited resources.
Enjoy the beautiful scenery as it is surrounded by hills and mountains.
Experience the Nepalese culture! You can also help cooking/painting/gardening etc if you aren't suited for pure construction work.
Meet fellow volunteers from around the globe!
Be a part of the construction team which helps build facilities for Maya Universe Academy School. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Leeftijd 18+

Our volunteers, community members, and students are committed to social justice, community development, and education.
As the government in Nepal is unable to provide free and accessible quality education in the rural areas of the country Maya Universe Academy's mission is to give a chance to children in remote areas of the country.

Volunteers work hand-in-hand with the community in order to provide a free quality education to these unprivileged children.
Today, thanks to the help of motivated and enthusiastic believers, Maya Universe Academy grew its facilities, and its educational possibilities and is starting the become self-sustainable thanks to its social enterprises.

We operate with the help of local and international volunteers and our own dedication to hard work. We drink spring water, tend fields, cook on an open fire, and bare the harsh conditions of living in a remote village of Nepal with a lot of fun in order to offer the opportunity of education to children otherwise overlooked.

Inspired by our gracious supporters and friends, Maya Universe Academy continues to educate and inspire our students and their families. The community recognizes the power of education, and our school continues to expand as we accept new students, teachers, and volunteers.
Be a part of this innovative education solution for Nepal by joining us in this volunteering program.

How can you get involved?
In order to provide safe classrooms, toilets, and housing, the construction team is always busy. The projects vary with the needs and growth of the school. For instance, after the massive earthquake of 2015 affecting Nepal, volunteers in construction built a hostel to accommodate children from affected areas.  

Furthermore, due to the rapid increase of children attending school, we need more and more facilities. 

Volunteers are guided by local experts, with who they will be able to learn about construction techniques as well as the different ways to use very limited resources. 

By working in construction for a school, the volunteers will be able to enjoy the company of the children during their free time and work closely with skilled locals. 

Despite the construction work, volunteers learn and grow from their experience and the children from Maya Universe Academy. They gain perspective through the differences in language, culture, and way of living. 

Who lives in Maya?
  • Hostel Children: Students living at the school. Most children come from very poor families while some have none at all. 
  • Permanent Volunteers: Nepali volunteers that live at the school and help run daily operations.
  • Temporary Volunteers: Nepali and international volunteers who stay for both short-term and long-term periods.

At the school, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery as it is surrounded by hills and mountains. By being further away from big cities, the area is quieter and more refreshing.

Dress code
The dress code is casual. However, girls must refrain from wearing skirts and shorts above knee level and tight leggings (unless worn with a long top/dress). The shower area is a public communal area. Girls must wear a lungi which can be purchased from school. Boys must wear loose-fitting shorts.
When coming for volunteering at Maya Universe Academy, you should bring a sleeping bag ( a light one from April to September is enough) as well as a refillable bottle of water. Do not worry if you forgot something at home as commodities are available in the village shop. Further explanation about what you will need during your volunteering program will be shared with you once enrolling with Maya. 

Dagelijkse activiteiten

Every morning, volunteers have breakfast with the children from the school at 8:00 am.

At 9:00 am we all gather in the morning assembly which takes the form of a circle. All students, teachers, staff, and volunteers gather to share news, poetry, music, dances, and other creative work, which is sometimes followed by a team-building game or the Nepali national anthem. Volunteers and teachers also perform on Friday mornings. 

At 10:00 am, the working day starts for volunteers in either education, agriculture, or construction.

  • The work in construction involves building structures, mixing cement, digging, painting... The projects vary according to the current need of the school. We are usually building classrooms and boarding houses. The Academy has a huge demand from the community and all classrooms are full. Hence, there is always a need to make more classrooms to keep up. More than a hundred people reside at the school. 

Lunch is at 1:45- The volunteers eat at the 'old kitchen'. Students and Staff eat in the 'new kitchen'. A few volunteers help with cooking too and the menu changes all the time as different people share their cooking recipes from home. 

At 7:00 pm the volunteers can have a traditional and simple meal with the children at the 'new kitchen'. The volunteers have a meeting with the coordinators to plan for the next day. 

After having dinner, volunteers usually gather together to enjoy their free time before going to sleep. Some people read, make a fire, drink coffee or a beer, discuss and debate and make friends with the others on the team. 

Volunteers also go hiking up the hill, visit the homes of the villagers, go to other tourist destinations nearby, shop in the nearby towns, etc. Saturdays are holidays while Sunday work is optional. 


During their free time, volunteers generally hang out together in the volunteers' facilities. It is a nice time for everyone to get to know each other and integrate into the group. 

The privileged location of the schools offers different hiking possibilities where you can enjoy views from the top of the hill during the afternoon. 

During the weekend, volunteers can travel to cities not far from the schools. Damauli for instance is the nearby town where one can find food, clothes, and general shopping. For a more cultural escape, Bandipur, a pretty hill station is good for chilling, food, and shopping in a well-preserved Newari architecture. The same can be said of the historic place of Gorkha. The school is between Kathmandu and Pokhara. Most tourist destinations are only an hour or two away from the school. 



Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je tenminste 18 jaar oud te zijn op de startdatum van het programma. Er kunnen uitzonderingen gemaakt worden indien je een bewijs van toestemming kan aantonen van uw wettelijke voogd(en) of samen met je ouders deelneemt.
Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Engels (gemiddeld niveau)
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
Regarding the program in construction, no particular skills are needed.
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag en vrijdag van 10:00 - 17:00

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door Maya Universe Academy

We ask volunteers to contribute a fee to cover the costs of food, accommodation, as well as a small contribution to help pay local staff and teachers salaries. Volunteers staying over 90 days can stay for free, after the first 90 days. 


Volunteers sleep in the main school building in a hostel set up and atmosphere. Basic bedding is provided – mattress, bed sheet, mosquito net and pillow. Especially during the winter months (October - March) a sleeping bag is required. 

We have electricity supply and solar energy supply. 

Private rooms in village homes are also available on a first come first served basis.

Slaapzaal Slaapkamer (Enkel)
Eten & Drank

We provide two meals and lunch snack daily. Breakfast and dinner is Nepali style cooked Rice, Lentil soup and seasonal vegetables, occasionally we eat eggs and meat. We use our own grown organic vegetables and from nearby villages and students homes. Fruits can be bought from the nearby town, Damauli. 

Volunteers may bring their own food and snacks if they wish to cook in the volunteer kitchen. 

We drink water from a pure and natural water source, three minute walk away from the main school building. Some like to purify the water using purification tablets or using a UV purifying device to prevent any possibilities of getting sick. You must bring your own water bottle. This is a communal tap where all volunteers and locals take shower, collect water, and do laundry. 

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Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?
Visum, vluchten, reisverzekering en vaccinaties zijn NIET inbegrepen in de programmakosten. Afhaling van de luchthaven is ook niet inbegrepen in de programmakosten.
Vlucht tickets
De dichtste luchthaven is Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Nepal.
Naar het buitenland reizen is een avontuur en het is best om goed voorbereid te zijn. Plots ziek worden of gewond raken, annulaties of diefstal - een reisverzekering voor Nepal biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde.
Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Nepal dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Nepal.

Data & Kosten


Gegevens over jouw aankomst

When enrolling in the program, you will be put in contact with a member of the staff who will help you through the process and any questions you have. 

The direction to the school will be explained in detail to you, otherwise, we can arrange private transport from Kathmandu to the school for approximately  $140. 

You will get a tour of the area and can always ask for more directions. There are several volunteers who have made their own houses in the village. Most arrived when they were younger and chose to make their second home here. Hence, there is a large number of returning volunteers who can also be of help and give counsel. 

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1 - 50 weken


Kosten: Prijs in USD
1 week (min. verblijf)
8 weken
12 weken
50 weken (max. verblijf)
Gemiddelde kosten
$66 /week

Houd er rekening mee dat de hierboven getoonde kosten worden geschat. Maya Universe Academy zal je op de hoogte houden over de finale kostprijs gedurende uw aanmeldprocedure.
Waarborg (15%)
De waarborg dient om je plek als vrijwilliger te verzekeren. Betalingen worden door PayPal behandeld, onze betrouwbare betalingsprovider. Indien je niet over een PayPal account beschikt, kan je ook met een credit kaart betalen.
Finale betaling (85%)
Uw finale betaling zal worden goedgekeurd door Maya Universe Academy gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.

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Construction work in a community school

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