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Maya Universe Academy

Construction work in a community school

Tanahun, Nepal

Be a part of the construction team which helps build facilities for Maya Universe Academy School.

Our volunteers, community members, and students are committed to social justice, community development, and education.

As the government in Nepal is unable to provide for a free and accessible quality education in the rural areas of the country Maya Universe Academy mission is to give a chance to children of 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, its education possibilities and is starting the become self-sustainable thanks to its social enterprises.

We operate with the help of local and international volunteers and by 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 innovating 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 varies 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 the 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 as to using 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 at Maya

  • Hostel Children: Students living at the school. Their villages are too far away to commute every day, so they live at the school in their own hostel. 
  • 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.

Location

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 more quiet and refreshing.

Dress code

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 lunghi which can be purchased from school. Boys must wear loose fitting shorts.

When coming for a volunteering at Maya Universe Academy, you should bring a sleeping bag ( a light one from April to September is enough) as well as a refilable bottle of water. Do not worry if you forgot something at home as commodities available in the village shop. Further explanation about what you will need during your volunteering program will be shared with you once enrolling wit Maya. 

Typical day

At 6:00 am, 2 volunteers are asked for kitchen duty. They help prepare the breakfast for the volunteers and children from the hostel. 

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 form in a circle. All students, teachers and volunteers gather to share news, poetry and other creative work, which is always followed by a physical activity or game and the Nepali national anthem. Volunteers and teachers also perform once a week. 

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

  • The work in construction involves building structures, mixing cement, digging... The projects vary according to the current need of the school. 

At 3:00 pm students are divided into groups according to their interests and workshops available to them depending on the volunteers' rang of skills set. 

At 7:00 pm the volunteers can have a traditional and simple meal with the children. 

After having dinner, volunteers usually gather together to enjoy their free time before going to sleep. 

Details on Arrival

When enrolling to 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 explain in details to you, otherwise, you we can arrange a private jeep from Kathmandu to the school for approximately 150$. 

Free-time activities

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 the group. 

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

During the week end, 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. Finally Pokhara and Kathmandu are 2 major touristic cities, the latter more relaxing than the former. 

 

Hiking
Sports
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 (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Regarding the program in construction, no particular skills are needed.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 - 17:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Any questions? Just ask. We at Maya Universe Academy are happy to help you.

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We ask volunteers to contribute 10$ per day 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. 

Accommodation

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. We have electricity supply and solar energy supply. 

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

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

We provide three meals a day. The breakfast and dinner is Nepali style cooked Rice, Lentil soup and seasonal vegetables. The lunch is beaten rice and vegetables with soup. Individuals wanting to eat fruits or different styled recipes are most welcome to buy it from Damauli and cook it by themselves as per the scheduled cooking time. We also cook meat whenever it is butchered in the village. Usually it is Pork meat , Chicken or Goat meat usually and Buffalo meat rarely. Also if lucky, at times we will get to taste wild meat of Porcupine, wild chickens and wild birds as well as wild mushrooms.

We drink water from the purest and the only water source in the hill. As we operate on the top, the water source is three minutes walk from the school. We also shower and do laundry at the natural fountain which is never dry and so far no records of any infections or sickness from the water. You will get to know it once you taste it!

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
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)
1 week (min. stay)
$70.00
2 weeks
$140.00
3 weeks
$210.00
4 weeks
$280.00
8 weeks
$560.00
16 weeks
$1,120.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$3,500.00
Average fees
$70.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Tanahun/Nepal between 1 week and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Maya Universe Academy 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 Maya Universe Academy during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
Asia Southern Asia Nepal Tanahun, Byas 4, Udhin Dhunga, Byas, Tanahun
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