Volunteer in Nepal

Construction and community development with the local people of Banepa
Banepa, Kavre       6 projects of 2 wks from May to March

Volunteer project: The project activities take place around Banepa - a beautiful town at 1500m altitude, surrounded by the green hills and panoramic views of the Himalayan range, just an hour bus ride from Kathmandu. Nature is all around and the air here is far better than in the bustling capital. Still Banepa offers amenities like restaurants with Wi-Fi, pharmacies, grocery stores and to top it all off, a beautiful old town. From here, field trips to a variety of places are possible, for example ancient Hindu temples, various trekking opportunities and all the sights of the Kathmandu valley are not far away.

In this project, we are helping the forest community and the Senagal village of Kavre district nearby Banepa. After the earthquake, a lot of buildings were destroyed, and the local population needs help in rebuilding the village. We'll be assisting in developing effective agricultural methods; we will do environmental awareness and forest conservation work; we'll work together with local people to build a multi-purpose community house that can be used for various activities or for shelter in case of emergency.

Volunteers will have different construction, renovation and educational tasks:
- Building a water tank and a well to provide clean water access for the community
- Construction of senior homes and organizing daily activities such as creating a garden, to support the aging community members.
- Help women prepare for the job market
- Further development of the community house by creating a rooftop meeting space
- Creating a fire line (fire break) surrounding the community forest
- Reconstruction of the Hindu temple in Banepa village
- Construction of a wall around the local primary school
- Repairing wooden shelters for the local community

Language: English

Free time activities: There are many ways to explore the surrounding area during your free days. You can visit the temples in Panauti city which is listed as one of the World Cultural Heritage Sites by UNESCO, or visit Bhaktapur, Dhulikhel and many other surrounding places. Another opportunity is to take a two-day trekking trip to Namobuddha or Nagarkot.

Accommodation: Simple accommodation with a local family. Volunteers will enjoy three traditional meals a day, mostly the Nepalese traditional Dhal Bhat and Tarkari. Showers are available with cold water. Please bring your sleeping bag.

Arrival and orientation: Volunteers are requested to arrive in Kathmandu one day before the project starts. Details about the local host, the project and the travel arrangements will be provided. All volunteers will travel together from Kathmandu to Banepa. Banepa is one hour away by bus.

Location: Banepa is a municipality and historical town in a valley situated about 1,500 m above sea level in central Nepal, about 25 kilometers east of Kathmandu, and at the time of the 2011 Nepal census had a population of 55,528.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 275 Euro
Airport pick-up and transportation from Kathmandu to the project site by bus is included.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
May 1 - May 14, 2024
June 1 - June 14, 2024
July 1 - July 14, 2024
August 1 - August 14, 2024
September 1 - September 14, 2024
March 1 - March 14, 2025

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