Most of the schools in rural Nepal consist of four wooden poles supporting a thatched roof. They have no blackboard, no desks, few books, open toilets, no proper classrooms, no playgrounds, no libraries, and not even drinking water
Volunteer Society Nepal (VSN) places international volunteers in the areas most in need of help to construct or repair necessary buildings. These projects are usually funded by local communities and/or volunteer contributions and may include building or repairs on bathrooms, toilets, classrooms, orphanage buildings and health clinics.
Help is also required in plumbing, painting and decorating, providing drinking water, gardening or creating playgrounds and sports fields. As a volunteer in the Construction Program, you will work as part of a volunteer team, so this placement is perfect for a group that wants to work together. For more information about volunteering in a group go to our Group Volunteering Page.
Often volunteers will work alongside experts from the local community, learning about traditional methods of building and working. Volunteers do not need any specific skills or knowledge about construction, as they will mainly be doing unskilled work such as digging, mixing sand and cement, carrying rocks, sand and bricks, fetching water, and painting. However, if they do have experience it will be greatly appreciated and put to good use depending on their skills.
Individual construction programs last between one and three weeks. Volunteer Society Nepal will arrange the location and logistical support, including food and accommodation, training, etc.
After completion of the construction project, volunteers who wish to stay for longer periods may participate in our other volunteer programs e.g. teaching in schools, health, community education and environment programs or working in orphanages.
You do not need any specific skills for this placement but must be willing to muck in and get a bit dirty! If you are qualified in this area then we would love to hear from you, and your experience will be highly valued.
As the situation on the ground changes constantly, we ask that volunteers be flexible and adaptable when applying for this program. A positive attitude, good physical fitness, and willingness to muck in as and where needed are important.
Most of the schools in rural Nepal consist of four wooden poles supporting a…