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September 30 - October 11, 2018
Are you looking to travel to unique places with a purpose and make a positive difference in the lives of others and yourself? To experience the culture of a country dramatically different from Canada while helping families in need of a simple, decent and affordable home? If so, then please join our Global Village adventure to Kavre, Nepal where you will work alongside local Nepalis and a group of like-minded people who have the same commitment to help rebuild the lives of those so tragically affected by the earthquake.
Our mission is simple - to do our part in reducing the housing deficit. All it takes is a positive, open-minded, flexible attitude, a willingness to learn, a sense of humor and the ability to work hard as part of a team. There is no prior skills or experience required.
Why should I go to Nepal?
With a population of about 30 million, Nepal covers an area about the size of Canada’s three Maritime Provinces. While the capital city of Kathmandu and surrounding area is densely populated, most Nepalese live in rural communities and towns of less than 10,000 people.
The population is ethnically diverse and people are modest, spiritual, warm and hospitable.
In northern Nepal, near Chinese Tibet, the Himalayas contain some of the world’s highest peaks, including Mount Everest at 8,850 metres (29,034 feet). While elevation is the defining topographical feature of the north, subtropical jungles and the influence of the warm climate of the plains of India characterize the south of the country.
Tell me about Habitat for Humanity Nepal
Since 1997, Habitat for Humanity has been active in Nepal and is building affordable basic housing across the country. Local materials are used, with stone and sun-dried bricks used in hilly areas, bricks and cement blocks in urban areas and in the east, bamboo wall panels are covered with cement plaster.
Habitat houses in Nepal are built incrementally making housing more affordable to the poor and yet help them to move towards a complete house with one-storey structures with three rooms, a kitchen and a toilet. A house is normally about 28.00 sq. m. in size and takes three to four weeks to complete. HFH Nepal promotes Habitat’s “Save and Build” which reaches more low-income families by substantially reducing housing costs and shortening mortgage repayment periods.
What will my week look like?
|Sun. Sept. 30||Arrival in Kathmandu, welcome dinner|
|Mon. Oct. 1||Cultural day, travel to Kavre, welcome orientation|
|Tues. Oct. 2||Build|
|Wed. Oct. 3||Build|
|Thurs. Oct. 4||Build|
|Fri. Oct. 5||Build|
|Sat. Oct. 6||R&R|
|Sun. Oct. 7||Build|
|Mon. Oct. 8||Build|
|Tues. Oct. 9||Build|
|Wed. Oct. 10||Build and Farewell|
|Thurs. Oct. 11||Depart or onward travels|
This itinerary may change as details for the trip are finalised.
Where will I stay? What will I eat?
Our lodging will be in a basic, safe and clean hotel with two or more people sharing rooms. Breakfast will be taken at the hotel, lunch at the worksite and dinner will be typical Nepalese food at the hotel or local restaurants.
What will it cost?
|The cost for this 12 day opportunity to build in Nepal is approximately
$2,580 + round-trip airfare + approx $290 for R&R*
The trip cost includes: lodging, food, ground transportation, traveller’s medical insurance, orientation materials, and a donation to HFH Nepal and the Global Village program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for air transportation from their point of departure to Kathmandu, Nepal. Flight arrangements should be done in consultation with the team leader.
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.
*Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the trip cost and the eligible airfare – these will be 2 separate receipts. 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.
Meet the Team Leader: Alan Dickinson
My name is Alan Dickinson and I am an active retiree living in Ottawa, Ontario. I first became involved with Habitat for Humanity through my employer and participated in 4 company builds, 2 in post Katrina Gulf coast cities and 2 more in Canada.
When I researched my first Nepal trip in 2013, I read that no one ever visits Nepal just once. Well, here I am going back for my fourth GV trip! I find being part of the process that changes lives by providing decent affordable housing to be very rewarding. I have travelled to 76 countries and love to see and do new things.
If you share my desire to make a difference in the world and don’t mind getting your hands dirty while learning about a new culture, and having a bit of fun then this could be a trip for you.
Please feel free to contact me to learn more about this trip by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or apply now using our on-line application!