Volunteer Experience | Community Development

Nepal: Construction and Renovation Project

Pokhara, Nepal


Location: Pokhara, Nepal

Duration: 1-4 weeks commitment

Start Dates: Project starts on a Saturday with set start dates throughout the year. Check with us when applying.

Cost: from £1,215 for the first week. Check the Costs tab for further information.

Includes: All food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation and all project related activities

Does not Include: flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations


  • The construction project is a very hands-on and is an opportunity to make a rapid difference to the schools and community centres.
  • By making improvements to local education facilities we help develop pride in the school for both students and teachers
  • Nepal offers some amazing experiences that can be done on the weekends or at end of the program such as trekking in the Annapurana region, visiting the Chitwan National Park, relaxing on the banks of Lake Fewa, enjoying the World Peace Pagoda, visiting Lumbini which is the birth place of Buddha.
  • We have fabulous views of the Annapurna mountain range and opportunities for treks ranging from a few hours to a full weekend or more
  • Immerse yourself in Nepali culture at our homestay-style accommodation on the edge of Pokhara’s Lake Phewa
Costs Explained


Support educational objectives in Pokhara through infrastructure development. On this program you will work to improve learning environments at local educational facilities we partner with in Pokhara. The aim of these projects is to improve the educational outcomes of the students or to improve the health and safety standards of the facility.

Projects are led by our local construction coordinator. While no previous experience is required for this project, physical fitness and DIY or construction experience are beneficial.

All training and guidance is provided by our staff and local construction personnel. You can expect to assist with constructing furniture, building and repainting walls. You will be working alongside local workers for the duration of most of our projects.

This program contributes to local construction and globally to Sustainable Development Goals #3 Good Health & Wellbeing,  #4 Quality Education, #5 Gender Equality, #9 Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure and #17, Partnership for the Goals, as set by the United Nations.

Daily Life

The main focus of this program will be working to improve educational and community facilities. This program is hands on and an incredible opportunity to make a rapid difference during your time in Pokhara. As a volunteer you wont need to have any prior experience however must be comfortable with lifting & shovelling.  

Activities will include:

  • Work can consist of anything from building & repainting walls of concrete to painting to building benches or to making toys
  • The work you can expect will vary depending on time of year and needs in the community – it is important that you remain flexible
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Travel & Accom.

You will be living with the other volunteers in shared accommodation. You will  have a shared (same gender) room with en-suite bathroom. This is in the home of a local family. There is running water available for showers.  There is a western style flushing toilet in each ensuite. 

Breakfast: cereals, toast and eggs as well as pastries and pancakes on some days.
Lunch: a light meal from a local cafe such as momos, fried rice, chowmein or roti and curry
Dinner: Nepali Dhal Bhat (rice, vegetable curry, lentil soup, pickle) is the traditional meal served for dinner however we also have pasta nights other variations of Nepali food

Breakfast and dinner is prepared by the host family. Vegetarians and vegans are easily catered for.

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  • Minimum age 18
  • Be keen and enthusiastic to get involved in the project
  • Ability to work within a team environment
  • Minimum 1 week commitment
  • CRB Police check (or equivalent) showing that you have no previous criminal convictions
  • Signed medical form
  • Good English skills
  • Necessary vaccinations
  • Necessary flight & visas
  • Full travel & medical insurance. Full assistance will be provided in getting everything you will need ready if you choose our Placement Support Package.
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Duration Price
1 weeks £1,215
2 weeks £1,395
4 weeks £1,795

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*** Placements are confirmed with a 20% deposit.

What’s Included:

Project Fee includes;

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Welcome meeting
What’s not included:
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Police or background check
  • Visa costs (where necessary)

Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.

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