Global Builders – Nepal
All 23 of the homes built by the Fuller Center prior to the earthquake withstood the disaster in pristine condition. This includes the 11 that were completed in Trishuli in the Nuwakot district, which was directly in the heart of the earthquake zone. An estimated 80-90% of the homes were destroyed in the district, and housing is now the biggest need. Our mission is to share better building methods in the villages throughout the district through demonstrating how to build better. Our goal is to build as many as 200 homes, funds permitting.
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For centuries, Nepal was ruled by kings. But, after years of fighting communist rebels, King Gyanendra abdicated his throne in 2006 and a secular, democratic republic was declared. In 2000, Millard Fuller met the then King Birendra while on a tour of Habitat affiliates in the country. King Birendra was later assassinated along with his whole family on June 1, 2001.
Nepal is a landlocked nation of 29 million residents that is sandwiched between India and China. It has good relations with both countries. Since the revolution that led to the removal of the king, it has enjoyed peace, but frequent strikes make progress difficult. Meanwhile, in the remote hills and valleys, isolation has limited successful house building. Participants will have the unique opportunity to work side by side with these families and other locals to build safe, decent and affordable homes for these hardworking families.
About Volunteering in Nepal
Each trip to Nepal will be with a group of mission-minded volunteers — typically 8-20 total — who want to experience the world, meet new people, and make a difference. No skills required. Trips last 1-2 weeks and include local sightseeing.
Global Builders teams will work in the town of Trishuli or the surrounding area, which is about 50 miles north of bustling Kathmandu and in the midst of the earthquake’s devastation. Set in the Himalayan foothills with the world’s tallest mountains as a distant backdrop, you’ll be working in one of the most picturesque locations on earth.
Learn the Basics – Area Info
Nepali (Official) Maithali, Bhojpuri, Tharu, Tamang, Newar (Non-official)
0-14 years 30.93%, 15-24 years 21.86% 25-54 years 35.99%, 55+ 11.22%
29,033,914 (2016 est.)
|Life Expectancy:||70.7 (Male 70.1, Female 71.3)|
November-February Days: 60s to 70s Nights: 30s to 50s; March-October Days: 70s to 80s Nights: 50s to 60s; Rain Season: June-September
Nepalese Rupee (NPR) $1 USD = 102.46 NPR
63.9% (Male 76.4%, Female 53.1%)
Hindu 81.3%, Buddhist 9%, Muslim 4.4%, Kirant 1.4%, Christian, 1.4%, Other 2.5%
More Info – Learn more about what a trip is like
You will work in the village of Trishuli, about 50 miles north of bustling Kathmandu in the foothills of the Himalayas. Our covenant partner is led by Samuel Tamang, who is head of the Assemblies of God churches in Nepal and speaks good English.
- 8:00 a.m. – Breakfast
- 9:00 a.m. – Begin building at work-site
- 12:00 p.m. – Lunch
- 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Continue building
- 4:00 p.m. – Evening free for dinner and relaxation (Exact schedules can be discussed and set depending on the team’s preferences.)
Type of work
We are making and utilizing concrete blocks, a new appropriate building technology for Nepal that is less expensive than the traditional fired bricks and better for the environment. In Nepal, we are primarily focusing on new housing construction. Like most things in Nepal, the houses tend to be vertical, so we are typically constructing homes with roof structures that will be able to support additional stories for future generations. Work will typically involve helping the masons and carpenters – laying block, stuccoing, mixing concrete, etc. At times there will be painting, and any other work related to a particular build. We will provide necessary tools, but as with most build sites, it never hurts to bring a few small hand tools with you.
Food and Lodging
Volunteers will stay in the simple, but decent Hotel Water Tower, which has western-style toilets and air conditioning. It is just a short drive from the work-site. Breakfast and dinner are available at the hotel, and lunch can be provided at the work-site.
A van or small bus will be rented to transport the group through the hills from Kathmandu to Trishuli, which takes 3-4 hours. From the hotel to the work-site, a local transportation shuttle will be utilized – it is less than a 15 minute drive.
Rest, Relaxation, and Sightseeing
Nepal has a magnificent countryside with much to do. We expect each group to spend at least a day or two seeing the sites – or more if the group desires. You can visit a temple, walk through an ancient palace, arrange for a guided hiking trek through the hills, or even attend a Nepali Christian worship service.
Trips range from 7-14 days, and trip costs vary accordingly. Most two-week trips will cost $1,280-$1,500; 7-day trips will range from $900-$1,100. More precise budgets are custom developed for each trip. Trips lasting 7-10 days will naturally cost less than 14-day trips.
As trips with openings become available, we will post them at the top of this page. To apply to join their trip, simply click “Join” next to the trip of your choice. To request more information or be put in touch with the team leader, click the “Request more information” button at the top. If you’re an experienced traveler or team leader, or if you have a group of your own (church, school, etc.), Propose a trip to let us know what you might like to do!
Are you unsure of how to prepare for such an experience or just looking for some tips on how to be better prepared? If so, we suggest you take a look at our Trip Preparation page where you will find a lot of helpful information and links – Preparing For Your Trip!
Note that US citizens must obtain a visa for travel to Nepal. Visit travisa.com for information on required documents and talk with the Global Builders Coordinator or your Team Leader if you have questions.
Pricing – What’s Included
|Trip Length:||7-14 days (price varies depending on length)|
|Materials Provided:||-In-depth Guidebook outlining what to expect -Pre-trip safety training -Fundraising guide -Option to create online fundraising page -T-shirt and hat|
|Trip Support:||Yes – from trip leader and Global Builders staff|
|Clean Drinking Water:||Yes|
|Food:||Yes – 3 meals a day are provided|
|Transportation:||Yes – to and from the airport and work-site|
|Meaningful Work:||Yes – led and coordinated by dedicated Nepali|
|Travel Medical Insurance:||Yes|
|R&R Opportunities:||We’ll assist you in setting up sightseeing and cultural opportunities|
What happens after the trip?
Even after you return, your trip can have a sustained impact on both you and the community in which you served! Learn how on our Country Champions page.