Volunteer Disaster Relief in Nepal
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: Kathmandu Valley
- ROLE: To assist with ongoing relief work and help renovate and rebuild schools damaged or destroyed by the earthquake.
- ACCOMMODATION: Guesthouse
- REQUIREMENTS: None. Anyone aged 16 or older can join.
- PRICE: From
- WHAT’S INCLUDED?: Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, travel and medical insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 1 week
- START DATES: Flexible
Many communities across Nepal are still struggling to recover from the devastating earthquake that struck the country in April 2015. Projects Abroad launched a project in Nepal in June 2015 to help with disaster relief efforts and our volunteers have made great strides in helping rebuild affected communities in the Kathmandu Valley.
But much work remains to be done, and volunteers are still needed to continue rebuilding efforts.
Projects Abroad is focusing on the children in the area, especially on making sure they have access to safe learning environments. Over 50,000 classrooms were damaged or destroyed in the earthquake and there is a real need to set up alternative learning spaces.
Volunteering on the Disaster Relief project
We have worked on and completed a number of reconstruction projects so far, helping children whose schools have been damaged return to their education by renovating and rebuilding damaged schools or, where this is impossible, building new (temporary or permanent) classrooms and school buildings.
We have also partnered with Nepal Youth Foundation UK, an international NGO with over 25 years’ experience, making a significant impact in improving the health and education of Nepal’s children. Through this partnership we are able to repair or rebuild public schools that were damaged in the earthquake and that the Nepalese government has not been able to fund yet.
The Disaster Relief project is working in rural and semi-urban areas in the Kathmandu Valley. The project will expand into other regions as work is completed and participation grows.
Your role as a Disaster Relief volunteer in Nepal
As a volunteer, you will be involved in tasks such as:
- Clearing sites
- Digging foundation trenches
- Mixing and laying cement and concrete
- Laying bricks
The type of work depends on what stage of the construction the project is at when you arrive. Volunteers work under the supervision of a professional mason and a qualified construction engineer, as well as a Western coordinator. All volunteers are accommodated in a guesthouse and supported by full-time local Projects Abroad staff.
Unfortunately, as we do not receive any government funding we do have to charge a price for our projects. The Disaster Relief placement fee will cover all standard costs like your food and accommodation, health and travel insurance, airport transfers, support from local staff, administration, support and information before you go and during your time away, as well as all project materials. Once all these standard costs have been covered we will make sure that all money left is spent on extra materials needed on the ground in Nepal or donations towards aspects of the Nepal disaster relief work.
You can join the Disaster Relief project in Nepal for one, two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.