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Sept 2 - 13, 2017
Come and join us in this incredible 11 day trip to Nepal, home to the majestic Mount Everest!
Why should I go to Nepal?
Nepal is a travelers’ magnet with rich ancient culture and the Himalayas as a backdrop. Nepal has a romantic image, landlocked between the giant nations of China and India, the country is home to eight of the world’s 14 highest peaks, including Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga.
The country , with a population of over 31 million inhabitants, is also one of the world’s poorest with about 25 per cent of its population living below the poverty line. Agriculture is the mainstay of the economy, providing a livelihood for the majority of Nepalese. Industry is primarily agriculture related.
Nepal is the birthplace of Prince Siddhartha Gautama, who later became known as Buddha. However the majority of Nepalese are Hindu, with a smaller population of Buddhists. In the capital city of Kathmandu, temples, shrines and stupas are found in abundance.
The Kathmandu Valley showcases vibrant culture, art and traditions with several United Nations World Heritage sites. Nepali is most commonly spoken in Kathmandu and the official national language. English is understood mostly by people who have had a formal education.
Tell me about Habitat for Humanity Nepal
In 1997, Habitat for Humanity started operating in Nepal by working directly with the local communities in five districts. By 2005, more than 800 families were served through decent housing. To increase its impact, Habitat Nepal began to leverage on partnerships with non-government organizations, micro-finance institutions, and village lending and saving groups. In July 2011, the “Meaningful Life through Housing” campaign was launched to provide sustainable housing through a people-driven approach and cost-effective construction technology. Operations focused on building decent homes incrementally with rural families in eastern and western Nepal. More than 54,000 families have built strength, stability and self-reliance with HFH Nepal until the devastating earthquakes struck in April and May 2015.
Support from HFH Australia and HFH Netherlands enables female- headed households to improve their living conditions and livelihood skills, and for local communities to learn about cultivating and using bamboo as a sustainable building material. Post-earthquake, the “Build Nepal” strategy will focus on areas such as social mobilization which empowers communities to join HFH Nepal’s work of rebuilding; technical assistance through which training is provided to improve construction skills for safer reconstruction; tiered assistance which enables vulnerable households to access non-financial support for income-generating activities so as to build their own capacity; and market development which aims to improve housing value through access to better construction materials and labor.
What will my week look like?
|Sat. Sept. 2||Arrival in Kathmandu|
|Sun. Sept. 3||Travel to Affiliate, Orientation, Welcome Dinner|
|Mon. Sept. 4||Build Day|
|Tues. Sept. 5||Build Day|
|Wed. Sept. 6||Build Day|
|Thurs. Sept. 7||Build Day|
|Fri. Sept. 8||Build Day|
|Sat. Sept. 9||R&R|
|Sun. Sept. 10||Cultural Day|
|Mon. Sept. 11||Build Day|
|Tues. Sept. 12||1/2 Build Day, Travel to Kathmandu, Farewell Dinner|
|Wed. Sept. 13||Departure|
(Please note that the above itinerary may be subject to changes)
Where will I stay? What will I eat?
Our team will be staying in simple, clean lodgings sharing double rooms (2 nights in Kathmandu and 9 nights in Kavre, a small community about 1h 30min from the capital). Breakfast will be taken at the hotel, lunch at the build site and dinner back at the hotel. Snacks and water will be provided at the worksite.
What will it cost?
The cost for this 12 day opportunity to build in Kavre, Nepal is
The trip cost covers: lodging, food and ground transportation for the build portion of the trip, traveler’s medical insurance, orientation materials, and a donation to HFH Nepal and the Global Village Canada program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for round-trip air transportation from their point of departure to Kavre. Flight arrangements must be made in consultation with the team leader.
*Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue two separate charitable donation tax receipts: 1) for the Habitat trip fee; and 2) one for the eligible airfare (the airfare related tax receipt is issued after the trip). The costs for R&R portion of the trip are not eligible for a tax receipt and this money must not be sent to HFH Canada. Your team leader will let you know how to pay this.
There are additional travel costs such as passport, visa and immunizations which the team leader will discuss with you. These costs are not tax deductible.
Meet the Team Leader: Johanna Fernandez
Hello everybody, my name is Johanna Fernandez and I’m thrilled to be sharing this incredible experience with you. Since 2008 I’ve participated in 8 Global Village trips as a volunteer and I have led many more. Travelling with Habitat for Humanity, either as a volunteer or a team leader, has given me the opportunity to interact with many wonderful Habitat families in countries like Tajikistan, Fiji, Macedonia, Romania, Bolivia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Ethiopia, and many others, as well as P.E.I and Iqaluit in our own beautiful country. I’m hoping to be part of this incredible program for a long time.
If you’ve done a Habitat trip previously, then you know what an amazing experience it is. And if you haven’t yet, and this trip will be your first experience with Habitat, then be ready to experience one of the most rewarding trips you’ll ever make.
I’m looking forward to sharing this incredible experience with you!
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our on-line application!