Nepal Community Development and Construction

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1. In Brief

Build a community with your own two hands on this unforgettable project in Nepal, home of Mount Everest and ancient nomadic cultures, a haven for explorers. You'll help construct schools, clinics, and water pumps, improving the lives of your friendly but impoverished local hosts. At the same time you'll learn a new language and cultivate lifelong friendships with your local and overseas fellow volunteers. Nepal is a country shrouded in mystery and history and you will experience first hand its wonders just as you will remain in the hearts of your host community forever.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit one of the most intriguing destinations in the world
  • Build a community with your own two hands
  • Gain lifelong friends

FAST FACTS

Location Nepal
Activities Building walls, drainage systems, playgrounds and clinics
Painting
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Homestay

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Ground transfers
Local orientation
Project training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

PADI DIVE TRAINING

On the Frontier Marine Conservation Group Projects, we will train you to PADI Advanced Open Water before you begin undertaking important biological surveys. Depending on how long you spend on the project, you may also have the option to take further courses up to Divemaster!

Please see the "Dates and Costs" tab for dive qualification prices or ask your volunteer advisor for more information.

Find out more about PADI qualifications.

2. The project

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

Half of Nepal's population lives below the poverty line, and about one third of the population survives without clear water. These are people who are not able to satisfy basic needs such as food, health care and education. Half the children are malnourished and underweight.

In addition, half of Nepal's population is formally unemployed. For those that are employed, the average income is less than $200 a year. Sadly, only a scant 15% of the Nepalese have access to health services.

These problems are especially stark in rural villages, where youth have often left their homes or have joined the rebels or have been killed in the civil war between the rebels and the government. Many villages are near ghost towns, left with only old, weak and sick parents unable to make it to the cities.

As a result, Nepal's beautiful villages set in majestic mountains are now severely lacking in basic infrastructure. On the Nepal Community Development Project you can make life better for deprived local people by taking part in a number of projects aimed at improving the local infrastructure. These include building walls, drainage systems, playgrounds and clinics, as well as other duties such as painting.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Whilst on your placement, you will take part in a number of ongoing projects aimed at improving the local infrastructure. Such projects may include the building of walls, drainage systems, playgrounds and clinics, as well as other duties such as painting.

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You'll be met upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport by your friendly local Frontier representative and after a warm welcome and in-country briefing you'll be escorted to your project location.  Please aim to arrive on the Sunday.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You'll stay in a comfortable, clean homestay with a hospitable and friendly host family that has been selected carefully. You'll be welcomed as a part of the family and your hosts will work hard to make you feel immersed in the local culture.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You'll eat with your host family in the family kitchen. They'll provide you with two delicious and satisfying meals a day comprised of locally sourced supplies; the third you can purchase at your school or in the village. Vegetarian diets are easily accommodated.

4. The reviews

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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In your free time you are welcomed to both relax and enjoy the serenity of local life or try your hand at conquering the countryside as you climb, bike, raft and shop your way through the region.

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

2 weeks US$1,595

Extra week US$495

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly.  Please aim to arrive on the Sunday.

DURATION 

2 weeks and longer

This project is available throughout the Christmas period

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Ground transfers
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Kathmandu (KTM)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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