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Nepal Earthquake Relief Project

Nepal Earthquake Relief Project

Join a dedicated team of humanitarians and help distribute much needed aid and relief materials to Nepali people who have been devastated by the Gorkha earthquake.

Prices from $1,195

The recent earthquake in Nepal has left a devastating impact on the lives of many Nepali people and their communities. The destruction in Nepal can be seen throughout the country and many families have been left without basic necessities including drinking water, food, clothing and shelter. Here, you will join a dedicated team of humanitarians and help distribute much needed aid and relief materials to Nepali people who have been devastated by the Gorkha earthquake. Through this project, you will have the choice to decide how you can best use your personal talents to lend a helping hand in the areas of medicine, renovation and rebuilding, child care support or through participating in general clean-up activities.

  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Use your skills where they are needed most
  • Visit one of the most intriguing destinations in the world
  • Work alongside a group of like-minded, international volunteers
  • Provide medical assistance to those suffering trauma or injury
  • Rebuild homes for newly homeless Nepali families
  • Provide encouragement and hope for young children
  • Participate in much needed street clean-up efforts

FAST FACTS

 

Location Kathmandu, Nepal
Activities Provide basic medical treatment to rural people
Rebuild homes and removing debris
Care for Nepali children
General clean-up activities
Distribute relief materials
Transport Airport pick-up & transfer to project location
Accommodation Shared volunteer house and some camping

WHAT'S INCLUDED

 

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Food
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

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.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

Following the devastation of the Gorkha earthquake in April 2015 many Nepali people have been left without the basic necessities including water, food, shelter and clothing. Access to healthcare has also been drastically reduced, and all of this has come at a time when the people of Nepal need it most.

The amount of destruction in Nepal is tremendous and much of the rubble from fallen buildings and crumbling temples must be removed before any rebuilding can begin. In Kathmandu much of the city and roadways are covered in rubble making access to the city centre very difficult for volunteer groups and agencies that are currently looking to reach the many Nepali people who have found themselves homeless or living in make-shift homes. Much help is needed to remove this debris to allow for a greater mobilization of resources so that relief can reach as many people as possible.

In addition to these much needed clean-up activities, this programme also looks to provide medicines, drinking water and other supplies that have been donated from agencies all over the world to aid the Nepali people and their families. Not only are volunteers like you able to help these devastated communities by providing access to this much needed aid, but you will also be able to provide comfort, support and a sense of safety to children and families around Kathmandu giving them hope for a better future.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

On this programme you must be optimistic, kind-hearted and enthusiastic about the work you are doing in order to provide encouragement and support to staff and other volunteers who are working very hard during these difficult times. You will be asked to bring whatever relief materials you can along with you including clothing, first aid and much more. Before arriving on project it will be possible for you to discuss with our partners the types of aid that it may be best for you to bring.

Whilst on project you will work alongside other volunteers on your relief team to clear debris from roadways and important areas to improve access to Nepal’s most vulnerable communities. Your time will also incorporate rebuilding efforts, distributing medicines, and carrying out basic first aid and healthcare services. You will also work to provide a sense of hope and security whilst building temporary make-shift homes for homeless Nepali children and their families. Once in Nepal you can discuss your particular skills and interests with the in-country staff and they will work with you to create a schedule that will use your talents in the most beneficial way possible.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Upon your arrival you'll be met at Kathmandu airport by a friendly Frontier representative and transported to your accommodation in Kathmandu. You will then have time to settle in and become familiar with your accommodation and fellow volunteers and will be feeling inspired in no time.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

During the majority of the project you will stay in a shared volunteer house that is attached to our partner’s main office in Kathmandu. This volunteer house is equipped with all modern amenities including a western style toilet. During the rebuild and reconstruction phase of the project you will be staying in the remote village of Davitar just outside of Kathmandu where living conditions will be very basic and you will be sleeping in tents or temporarily made huts.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with 3 meals a day which will consist mostly of local Nepali dishes. The most prevalent Nepali dish is daal, bhaat and tarkaari (lentils, rice and vegetable curry). This is the main course served in most Nepali houses for both lunch and dinner. Nepali food is much less spicy than Indian food, and many dishes are Tibetan in origin. It seems that Indian influence is only confined to south-western part of Nepal. The rest of Nepal has more of Tibetan and Chinese influence in their cuisines.

Two of the most exclusive and authentic Nepali delicacies include momos, a meat or vegetable filled dumpling and Tibetan bread and honey – a puffy fried bread with heavy raw honey. Both of these items are good for a light breakfast but are insufficient for a full meal. The Newars of Nepal are considered to be great connoisseurs, so watch out for Newari restaurants for a special Nepali gastronomic experience!

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

You will have time on the weekends to explore the amazing city of Kathmandu and visit the many spiritual temples and palaces. Perhaps you could visit the many markets and shops or even try some of the local delicacies sold throughout the city. As well as traditional Nepali foods, the city also offers modern bakeries and upmarket restaurants. You may also wish to visit some of the picturesque villages on the outskirts of the city if you fancy a break from the hustle and bustle! Why not take a fun ride on the local bus to go white water rafting. After your project you may wish to spend a couple of weeks trekking in the Himalayas or Annapurna Ranges or wildlife spotting in Chitwan National Park. 

COSTS

2 weeks $1,195

3 weeks $1,445

DEPARTURE DATES

PLEASE CHECK FOR AVAILABILITY BEFORE APPLYING FOR THIS POPULAR PROJECT!

DURATION

2 weeks +

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

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

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Airport pick-up
  • Local orientation
  • 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.

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