Our volunteer programme is based in the bustling city of Kathmandu – a city full of jostling crowds, rickety bullock carts and noisy auto-rickshaws. Most of our voluntary placements are located here too, although some are located in more rural areas of the Kathmandu valley. We also have Medical and Care placements in the Gorkha district in a small village called Ashrang.
Some volunteers in Nepal live in a youth hostel, however most volunteers live with host families. Certain host families welcome up to four volunteers into their home and you’ll usually share a room with one other volunteer.
Volunteering on the Building 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.
The Building 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 Building 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.
You can join the Building 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.