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Construction & Rebuilding Helper

Kavrepalanchowk, Nepal

Agency | GoEco

Volunteer in Nepal to help restore and build homes in a region that was heavily affected by an earthquake to help people in need.

The project

The April 2015 earthquake in Nepal had a devastating impact on both human life and property. More than 8,800 people were killed and 23,000 injured, while hundreds of thousands were displaced from their homes. While the shock and terror of the earthquake have since diminished, the need for aid and relief is stronger than ever. This need is especially strong among poor rural communities whose mud homes stood no chance during the earthquake. More than 30,000 households in the Kavre district have been destroyed or damaged and are now too dangerous to live in.

This project works to mobilize and distribute basic necessities, such as drinking water, clothing, medicine, and food to those displaced and affected by the earthquake, as well as assist with the restoration and rebuilding of homes, schools, and buildings. Volunteers will spend Monday-Friday in the Kavre District assisting with relief efforts, and Saturday-Sunday in Kathmandu. 

The location

Kavrepalanchowk district (also called Kavre) is a poor, farming community situated about 40-50 kilometers from Kathmandu. This district was one of the hardest hit areas of the Nepal earthquake and it is estimated that half of the Kavre population – approximately 150,000 people – were rendered homeless by this disaster.

Kathmandu, often referred to as a “living museum” for its vast collection of shrines, temples and monasteries, is the capital and largest municipality of Nepal. The city is recognized for its many paradoxes, as it’s not uncommon to find lavish apartments next to slums, Hindu temples next to Buddhist monasteries, ancient sites next to modern buildings, and paved roads next to terraced farms. Surrounded by four major mountains, almost any locale in Kathmandu offers exquisite views of mountain peaks.

Orientation week

The first week of the program is an immersive orientation and the first step towards a great stay in Nepal. It is designed to expose you to the country’s unique culture and customs.

Volunteer work

Volunteers will be assisting with the following tasks: 

  • Distributing supplies to families, individuals, or relief agencies
  • Clearing rubble and debris
  • Demolishing crumbling buildings, homes and structures 
  • Helping rebuild the local school
  • Restoring damaged infrastructure 

Typical day

After breakfast, volunteers will assist at their morning project from 8:00 am - 11:00 am. This may include helping clean up debris, rebuilding the local school, and/or mixing cement.  After a break for lunch, volunteer activities will resume their afternoon activities from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm. After, you'll be taken back to your accommodations to clean up, eat dinner, and relax. You will have Saturdays and Sundays off to spend as you wish. 

Free-time activities

The orientation week will include activities such as a henna workshop, morning yoga classes, a tutorial on Nepali attire, and a Bollywood dance class. Before the week’s end, you will be invited to an authentic Nepali dinner at a homestay – a chance to spend quality time with a local family and enjoy an authentic homecooked meal. 

Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Yoga/Meditation

Program 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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Required Documents
Police clearance form
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Physically fit
Immunizations (please consult your local travel clinic)
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups

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Services by GoEco
  • Orientation week
  • Accommodations: Makeshift volunteer housing (Mon-Fri); Kathmandu volunteer house (weekends)
  • Food: Three meals a day (excluding lunch on the weekends)
  • Airport Transfers: Airport pickup upon arrival
  • Insurance: Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
  • Support: Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support
Airport Pickup at Tribhuvan International Airport

Airport pickup is available upon arrival

Accommodation

From Monday-Friday, volunteers will stay at a makeshift volunteer house in the Kavre District. The accommodations are very basic with no hot water and shared rooms with 2-4 other volunteers. Upon arrival and on the weekends, volunteers will stay at the volunteer house in Kathmandu, which offers most amenities, including hot water.  Free WIFI is available only at the Kathmandu volunteer accommodation. Laundry services are not provided.

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

From Monday-Friday, three meals a day are provided. All meals consist of typical Nepalese fare. On the weekends, only breakfast and dinner are provided.

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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$600.00
3 weeks
$880.00
4 weeks
$1,160.00
5 weeks
$1,440.00
6 weeks
$1,720.00
7 weeks
$2,000.00
8 weeks (max. stay)
$2,280.00
Average fees
$293.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Kavrepalanchowk/Nepal between 2 weeks and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. GoEco will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Nepal.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with GoEco during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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