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School Construction Associate

1 - 50 semanas  ·  Idade 18 - 50+

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  • Thrilling journey of building a school and transforming lives in Nepal's top volunteering destination.
  • Memorable volunteering experience where adventure meets sustainable development.
  • Explore vibrant Nepali culture while having fun at our acclaimed program.
  • Gain construction expertise while enjoying an exciting personal growth journey.
  • Empower children, create cherished memories, and have incredible fun making a difference.

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Idade 18+

Sobre o programa

Calling all aspiring adventurers! Join Maya Universe Academy's construction team in Nepal. Make a meaningful impact, and embrace a vibrant culture.

Welcome to the captivating realm of Maya Universe, an extraordinary volunteer destination that has enchanted countless individuals seeking purpose and adventure. For over a decade, our sanctuary of empowerment has welcomed volunteers from diverse backgrounds, offering an unparalleled experience.


Sobre o programa

Welcome to the captivating realm of Maya Universe, an extraordinary volunteer destination that has enchanted countless individuals seeking purpose and adventure. For over a decade, our sanctuary of empowerment has welcomed volunteers from diverse backgrounds, offering an unparalleled experience.

Immerse yourself in the warmth of our community, where lifelong connections are forged amidst the vibrant tapestry of Nepali culture. Engage in evening reflections and discussions, igniting your passion and preparing for rewarding days of making a difference.

Embark on exhilarating hikes, indulge in hilltop breakfasts with panoramic vistas, and relish local dinners that tantalize your taste buds, all while basking in the breathtaking beauty of Nepal. Our experienced coordinators and skilled managers provide unwavering support, ensuring your personal growth and comfort every step of the way.

At the heart of Maya Universe lies our thriving school, a beacon of hope and transformation. Witness the tangible impact of your efforts as you empower the local community and become part of their journey toward grassroots development.

Escape to Maya Universe, where purpose meets adventure, and where you'll find yourself embraced by a profound sense of fulfillment and unforgettable memories. Join us and embark on an extraordinary volunteering experience that will forever change your life.

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. 

What to bring:

  • Two passport sized photos - one for visa, one for local SIM (a few extra are useful if you want to get trekking permits etc).
  • Local SIM card* and cell phone - you need a copy passport and a passport sized photo. 
  • Sleeping bag - from April to September a light sleeping bag is enough. 
  • Medicines - you need for any chronic illness / usual travel medicine. 
  • Lice comb - sometimes kids have lice. This will help to comb trough your frequently to avoid having lice. 
  • Clothes to shower Boys : short (a stretchy waistband is always nice) 
  • Girl : a «lunghi» - typical dress that can also be bought from the school. 
  • Sandals / flip flops and towels 
  • Toileteries - please try to use organics products only as this goes back into our land. 
  • Laundry Soap Bar - for your clothes washing.  
  • Foot wear - regular walking shoes are easy for walking up and down the hill, but many walk in flip flops or trekking boots ! If you are doing agriculture/construction you will need closed shoes. 
  • Jacket and warm clothes - bring extra warm layers between October and February.
  •  Flashlight - one that plugs in and charges is an added luxury ! Head torch is also popular. 
  • Toilet Paper* 
  • Water bottle* 
  • Clothes for morning assembly

*can be bought from Damauli.


Dress code is casual. Girls must refrain from wearing skirts and shorts above knee level and tight leggings (unless worn with a long top/kurta/ dress). Tops should cover the shoulder. Strappy or strapless tops are not ideal. Morning cirlce formals: We make a morning circle every day to start the school where all staff, volunteers, guests, and students participate. Teachers mostly are dressed formally in long pants and shoes. Its important to be neat and tidy during this hour. Vacation Preferably vacation is planned during school holidays (April, October, November). If this is not possible volunteers are expected to handover their duties diligently and “days off” are to be discussed with management.

Vaccinations - Check if you need any vaccinations. See CIWEC Hospital’s recommendation. 

Travel / medical insurance - Please make sure you are covered for any accident, hospital treatments, loss or damage. You will be asked to read and sign a service contract including liability, upon your confirmation. 

Dia típico

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 ...

Dia típico

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. 

Actividades em tempo livre

  • Immerse yourself in the thriving Maya community, a vibrant hub of diverse experiences. Discover an array of workshops and classes tailored to students and volunteers. Unleash your creativity in drama sessions or find inner peace through rejuvenating yoga classes. Embrace the spirit of camaraderie ...

Actividades em tempo livre

  • Immerse yourself in the thriving Maya community, a vibrant hub of diverse experiences. Discover an array of workshops and classes tailored to students and volunteers. Unleash your creativity in drama sessions or find inner peace through rejuvenating yoga classes. Embrace the spirit of camaraderie while playing football, basketball, or volleyball. Unwind indoors with captivating games like chess, catan, or ping pong.
  • Indulge in the tranquility of our library or relax in the nostalgic ambiance of the old kitchen. Engage in lively conversations over coffee or savor a refreshing beer with like-minded individuals from across the globe, all driven by a shared passion for grassroots development. Experience the warmth of bonfires and the delight of barbecues that bring our community together.
  • Venture beyond the school's embrace to hike amidst stunning landscapes and relish authentic meals in the homes of locals. Explore remarkable destinations like Bandipur, Gorkha, Chitwan, and Pokhara, which are easily accessible during weekends. The nearby town offers a refreshing swimming pool and a cinema for entertainment.
  • Surrounded by lush green forests teeming with wildlife, you'll forge genuine connections with grateful villagers who appreciate your presence and contributions. Prepare for an unforgettable experience that may inspire you to return or even consider Maya as your second home.
  • Your support is vital to our mission of nurturing quality education in rural Nepal. Join us, and let the allure of Maya captivate your heart as you embark on a transformative journey of personal growth, cultural immersion, and meaningful impact.

More activities for Volunteers at Maya

  • Morning Hike
Every Saturday morning, volunteers are welcomed to join a hike to the top of the hill, next to our Maya school. There, you'll find the grandparents of one of our student, waiting for you to share tea and breakfast!

  • Local Dinner
On Saturday night, volunteers are invited by villagers to their house to eat dal baht, the most Nepali food you'll ever find, and drink Raksi, the local alcohol, most of the time made by the hosts themselves!

  • Disco Night
When the students have holiday the next day, we are celebrating by dancing all together in the new kitchen!

  • Sports & Workshops
Everyday, the students are playing sports and volunteers can, of course, join and play with them! Appart from that, you can also organize and take part in workshops. Be creative and enjoy!

  • Exploring Around
On your days off, there is plenty of places to visit around Maya School. Damauli is the nearest city and, from there, you can hop on a bus to go to Bandipur, Pokhara or even Chitwan!



Idade mínima: 18 anos

Para aderir ao programa é necessário ter pelo menos 18 anos de idade na data de início do programa. Poderá haver excepções se puder fornecer a permissão do(s) seu(s) tutor(es) legal(ais) ou se estiver acompanhado pelos seus pais.

Habilidades linguísticas

Precisa de falar Inglês (nível intermédio)

Restrições de Nacionalidade

Sem restrições. São bem-vindas as mãos que ajudam de todo o mundo.

Outras Competências

Regarding the program in construction, no particular skills are needed. Our coordinators will manage activities according to your skills/experiences matched with the needs/available resources during arrival.

Compromisso de tempo

A tua mão auxiliadora será necessária na Segunda-feira, Terça-feira, Quarta-feira, Quinta-feira e Sexta-feira de 10:00 - 17:00

Serviços incluídos

Serviços incluídos

Serviços por Maya Universe Academy

We ask volunteers to contribute a fee to cover the costs of:

  • food
  • accommodation
  • a small contribution to help pay local staff and teachers salaries. 
Note: Volunteers staying over 90 days can stay for free, after the first 90 days. 

  • Laundry service - A laundry service is available for your clothes and bedding. Please speak with the volunteer coordinator if you are interested. 
  • Electricity and internet - The school has electricity from main supply and solar energy, which runs for the best part of the day. There is wifi available at the school. Most Nepal telecoms companies offer portable Internet solutions. You can buy Internet data for your mobile SIM card; we usually recommend NCELL or NTC. These two companies also offer Wifi device solutions. We recommend you to get a SIM card before coming to Maya (at the airport or Thamel). 
  • Water - There is a freshwater spring (commonly referred to as the tap or dhara in Nepali) near the hostel’s kitchen, where we get our drinking water. It’s set up like a mini waterfall/tap so we also shower and do laundry there. The water comes from an underground aquifer so it’s quite pure. Some volunteers especially those staying a short period may prefer to filter/purify. It is free of course. The dhara is a public area! Please respect other people’s space and the time you take using the water. Girls must wear a ‘lunghi’ to bathe in, which can be purchased from school. A lunghi is a ‘sarong- type’ cloth, which is stitched together. It should be wrapped around the body to cover the body from the chest to the knees. Boys must wear loose-fitting shorts. You can also buy bottled water at the old kitchen.


Volunteers sleep in the main school building in a hostel setup 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. 

A few private rooms are also available for extra costs. Please inquire about this. 

  • Other facilities - shared toilets / tap / wi-fi / volunteer kitchen & hang out spot / locker. 
  • Private rooms - are also available. 
  • Avocado rooms - we have two Avocado rooms. They are single rooms with attached toilets / showers ($8 each). 
  • Twin room - we also have two twin rooms. They each have two beds so it’s for couples / friends / family. You have more privacy and your own veranda ($8 each). 
  • Simple room - we have two simple rooms which do not have an attached bathroom or a veranda. It can fit up to two people ($5 each).

Alimentos e Bebidas

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

We drink water from a pure and natural water source, three minutes walk away from the main school building.  You must bring your own water bottle. This is a communal tap where all volunteers and locals take shower, collect water, and do laundry. You can also buy mineral water very easily. 

We have two kitchens (New kitchen and Old kitchen)

New kitchen: This kitchen is open to all. Students and staff eat all three meals of the day here. The kitchen is run by Chitra Didi. It's a great place nearby the water and student hostel to meet everyone. Alcohol and cigarettes are strictly prohibited here and only allowed in the old kitchen.

Old kitchen: This kitchen and service area is only open to volunteers. Volunteers may bring their own food and snacks if they wish to cook in the volunteer kitchen. It has cooking stoves, an oven, and a fridge. We provide free lunches to volunteers in the old kitchen.  Volunteers are welcome to cook. You can meet people from all over the world here over coffee or beer. It's also a good place to lounge in between classes or holidays. 

We eat breakfast and dinner together with the hostel students in the school’s main kitchen. Variations of Nepali traditional dish ‘daal bhat’: rice, dhal (lentil soup), and vegetables is served for breakfast, and dinner. Lunch is served in the old kitchen for the volunteers. We try to cook different kinds of lunches every day to cater to different international tastes. Its a more private lunch where other staff members and students do not join. You can also use the old kitchen fridge. Volunteers are welcome to join the cooking process and cook. Please let the volunteer coordinator know accordingly. The old kitchen is also a good spot to hang out in the evening with coffee or beer. Volunteers often throw a going away party with barbecue, bonfire, songs, and dances. Its a great place to meet and get to know each other after a long day of work. The organic vegetables we eat are from our own produce! Fruits and other supplies can be purchased in Damauli. You can also find cereals, bread, meat, fast food and junk food in Damauli. The volunteer coordinator can help you get to and from Damauli according to the school bus which goes to Damauli every day. Volunteers assist in meal preparation, according to a roster stipulated by the coordinator, with the ‘kitchen lady”. Volunteers also have the option to cook their own meals if they wish to do so. A small kitchen is provided for volunteers with an oven and gas stove. Basic supplies like rice and vegetables are available.

Acesso à Internet

Bom acesso no local do projecto

O que NÃO está incluído?

O que NÃO está incluído?

Recepção no aeroporto em Tribhuvan International Airport

Uma recolha no aeroporto também não está incluída nas taxas do programa.

Bilhetes de avião

O aeroporto mais próximo é Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) em Kathmandu. Ajudamo-lo a encontrar voos baratos para Nepal. ENCONTRAR VOOS BARATOS

Seguro de viagem

Ir para o estrangeiro é uma aventura e é sempre melhor estar preparado. Doença ou lesão súbita, cancelamento ou roubo - um seguro de viagem para Nepal proporciona segurança e é uma vantagem a ter. OBTENHA UMA COTAÇÃO


Se pretende ser voluntário em Nepal deve procurar aconselhamento médico antes de iniciar a sua viagem social. Verifique as vacinas necessárias para Nepal. VERIFICADOR DE VACINAS

Detalhes à chegada

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. 

Plan your arrival - Maya’s volunteers can benefit from rates at hotels in Kathmandu. Some volunteers try to go straight to the school from the airport, however we do not recommend this. Staying a few days in Kathmandu allows you to take some rest after your long flight and explore the city becoming accustomed to the culture and the people. Please ask your coordinator for their recommendation on transfers, hotels, sight seeing etc.

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Preços do programa

1 semana (estadia min.) 102€
8 semanas 815€
12 semanas 1.164€
50 semanas (estadia máx.) 1.310€
Preços médios 64€/semana

Preços do programa

64€ por semana 1 - 50 semanas Idade 18 - 50+

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Pagamento final

O teu pagamento final será acordado com Maya Universe Academy durante o processo de candidatura. As soluções comuns são ou através de transferência bancária ou pagamento em dinheiro no local do projecto.

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Maya Universe Academy

Brilhante 4.7 rating (43 revisões)

Agência - fundada em 2011

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Línguas faladas: Hindi, Inglês, Nepalês, francês

Sobre o projecto

Maya Universe Academy: Empowering Rural Communities through Education. A social entrepreneurship project bridging the education gap in rural areas.

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Ignite Hearts, Transform Lives: Join the Educational Movement at Maya Universe Academy!

Welcome to Maya Universe Academy, an inspiring educational movement that is revolutionizing the way we empower rural Nepal. We invite passionate volunteers from around the world to join us on this transformative journey.

At Maya Universe Academy, education is more than just classrooms and textbooks. It's a movement that ignites change, fosters community, and empowers individuals to create a brighter future. As a volunteer, you become part of this powerful movement, making a tangible impact on the lives of children and their families.

For over a decade, Maya has been at the forefront of educational innovation. Engage in thought-provoking discussions, collaborate on creative projects, and immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Nepal. Together, we inspire personal growth and unlock the potential within each individual.

Behind our movement stands a dedicated team of coordinators, mentors, and professionals who believe in the transformative power of education. Together, we create an environment that nurtures grassroots development, sustainable progress, and social change.

Maya Universe Academy is not just a school; it's a catalyst for a brighter future. With around 300 children from diverse backgrounds, we provide a quality education that transcends borders. By joining us, you become a vital part of our mission to break barriers and create equal opportunities for all.

From humble beginnings in the heart of the jungle, Maya has grown into an educational movement. We cultivate a vibrant ecosystem of learning, innovation, and social impact. Our graduates, fueled by their Maya experience, become ambassadors of change, driving progress in their communities.

Join the educational movement at Maya Universe Academy. Apply now and become part of a remarkable journey, where education becomes a catalyst for positive transformation, and together, we shape a world where every individual can thrive.

43 revisões · rating4.7

Stephen Schwinn rating5

2023 at School Construction Associate

I just finished up a three-week trip to Maya and it was an unforgettable experience! All of the staff and other volunteers are welcoming and helpful, and with it being my first volunteer experience this was a huge benefit. You also get plenty of time to interact with the kids and make a direct ...
Giulia Anselmi rating4.8

2023 at School Construction Associate

I spent two weeks in the Aapswara branch of Maya Universe Academy and I have to say it was one of the best experiences I had in my life. I've never been to the main school but I've been told it is very nice and a little more comfortable, but I would never trade the experience I had. In the Aapswara ...
Ada Wong rating4.6

2023 at School Construction Associate

Our family (2 boys 12 and 11 year old) volunteered at Maya Universe for a week, and it was truly an eye-opening experience. I had the opportunity to work on the construction of a school and also helped out with farming in the local community. It was amazing to meet and interact with many interesting ...
MAXIME fillodeau rating4.6

2023 at School Construction Associate

J'ai passé 1 mois au sein de maya academy Universe et ce fut une experience incroyable , n'hésitez pas vous serez incroyablement bien là-bas, un grand merci a Bisham pour son accueil et surtout à Manoj incroyable de bonne humeur ainsi qu'à Deffy pour sa gentillesse et le meilleur pour la fin ...
Simon Radecker rating4.6

2023 at School Construction Associate

I had one of my best time in my life in Maya. A amazing country with beautiful landscape and the most friendly and polite people. I really enjoyed my time of 3 months I spend at Maya. The school is the perfect place to interact with the locals. You have so many oppurtunities to help the people in ...
Ella Roukens rating5

2023 at School Construction Associate

I have spend 3 weeks at Maya school and it was an amazing experience that I would love to do again. Everyone, the students, teachers and volunteers were very welcoming. I felt very comfortable being there, surrounded by nature and lovely people. It was an incredible peaceful place to stay. I’ve ...


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