Construction and Manual WorkProgram Fees
The purpose of VIN’s Construction and Manual Work Program is to build basic infrastructure for rural communities in Nepal. This will include toilets, classrooms or libraries. VIN need volunteers to help provide the communities with these basic facilities.
Nearly 80 percent of Nepal’s population live in rural areas, many of which are underprivileged and deprived. Those facilities taken for granted in Western countries are not available in rural communities, such as phones, roads, toilets, waste management arrangements and even schools. Those schools that do exist are underfunded and under-equipped. Many do not have toilets or furniture suitable for children. As a result, the education, health and sanitation of the community are adversely affected.
VIN’s primary objective is the empowerment of marginalised rural communities. We have been working with Jitpurphedi Village Development Committee (VDC) since 2007, implementing our integrated community development approach. We have now initiated work with Okhaldhunga in the Everest region. The provision of basic infrastructure forms one of the four pillars around which we structure our approach. During our construction and manual work with Jitpurphedi, VIN have built 150 toilets and have provided the materials for 150 more.
VIN seeks volunteers to work in construction and manual work with constructors and members of the local community to help build facilities, such as toilets, soak pits, libraries, compound walls and classrooms. Much of the work – mixing, carrying and digging – is unskilled. As a volunteer you will also help to inspect new structures, to ensure that they are being maintained and kept clean, and discuss the habits and importance of sanitation with the community people.
Throughout your placement you will live in the community with a Nepali host family, where you will experience day to day Nepali life, and can become immersed in the culture and language.
You will work six days a week and up to five hours per day. This is a physical challenge, as well as a spiritual one.
Throughout your placement you will have the full support of VIN. Your safety is our highest priority. On arrival you will be greeted at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transported to your hotel (alternative arrangements can be made for those already in Nepal prior to the start of their placement). You will then receive a comprehensive three-day induction, during which time you will be provided with information about your particular placement as well as general information, including basic Nepalese language and culture. This is also a good time to mix with other volunteers or interns who may be great sight-seeing companions and a source of support during your volunteer placement.
During the induction you will be accommodated in a hotel. However, a large part of the VIN experience comes from the immersion of a home stay with a Nepalese host family. While this is an essential part of the experience we also recognise that it can be a challenging one, becoming part of a new culture and becoming accustomed to facilities that will be more basic than those you are used to. However, all our host families are experienced in accommodating volunteers – although their ability to speak English will vary – and you will have 24 hour access to contact and support from our staff members during your placement.