Volunteer in Okhaldhunga – 14 Days

 

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Overview

 

Okhaldhunga is a district in eastern Nepal and provides scenic views of snow-capped mountains and sparkling springs. Tourists are attracted towards rafting in Sunkoshi and Bhotekoshi Rivers and the natural beauty of Okhaldhunga.


Just 60 kilometers from Dolakha, the epicenter of the May 12th earthquake, Okhaldhunga was one of the worst affected areas; it suffered irreparable physical and human losses. Our focus will be on rebuilding a school, health post, and a Buddhist Stupa.

Nepal was struck by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 25 April 2015 which caused large scale damage. The country and the local community are finding it hard to cope with the destruction caused by the earthquake. Dharma Adventures along with its partners Dharma Karma Society and Rotary Club are helping in the relief and rebuilding process. We are working with the local communities and volunteers in rebuilding the schools, community spaces and religious buildings damaged by the earthquake.

 

Highlights

  • Explore Kathmandu, its ancient cities and its incomparable UNSECO world Heritage Sites.

  • Visit numerous religious monuments dedicated to Hinduism and Buddhism.

  • At the ancient city of Bhaktapur the ‘City of Devotees visit the Nyatapola Temple one of the best examples of traditional Nepali architecture.

  • Take a chartered flight to Manthali and take a 4WD vehicle to Dhaade passing through scenic mountain landscapes.

  • Trek to Lamje Sakamari, where you are rewarded with scenic views of the Himalayas.

  • Visit the site of the school and community buildings destroyed by the earthquake and join the local people in rebuilding of the school.

 

Trip Facts

Group size 6 to 15 persons

What is my role during the time I am volunteering?

You are expected to help with the rebuilding and assist with the finishing touches. When the group arrives at the location, 80% of the building will have been pre-built since construction will begin as soon we receive the funds. We endorse child safe practices and working alongside the locals. This gives you an opportunity to get an in-depth knowledge of their lifestyle, learn about their culture and build relationships. If you do not want physical work, then you can boost their morale and discuss other needs of the locals. Local villagers love a foreign company and sometimes, even a mere conversation gives them happiness.

Will any gear be provided during volunteering?

What kind of accommodation will be provided at the volunteering sites?

Accommodation during the volunteering days will be camping style. We will have custom made A frame tents set up for you to be shared on a twin sharing basis. A foam mattress and bed sheet will be provided. Our camping staff comprising of a Sirdar, Sherpa, cook, porters and helpers will accompany you. They will ensure that your camps are ready before your arrival. Food ingredients like vegetables etc. (as per availability) will be locally sourced and prepared fresh at the camp site. Where possible, we try providing benefits to the community and bringing their much needed income.

Okhaldhunga Project #1Building a School

What are we rebuilding?

We will be rebuilding a school

What funds are required from each participant besides the tour cost?

A B3 (Build Back Better) fund per participant must be raised to qualify for this program, in addition to the tour cost. If more funds can be raised and the total amount exceeds the estimated amount, the balance unused funds will be directed for additional work in the area.

Okhaldhunga Project #2Construction of Stupa

What are we rebuilding?

We will be reconstructing a Buddhist Stupa

What funds are required from each participant besides the tour cost?A B3 (Build Back Better) fund  per participant must be raised to qualify for this program, in addition to the tour cost. If more funds can be raised and the total amount exceeds the estimated amount, the balance unused funds will be directed for additional work in the area.

Okhaldhunga Project #3Construction of a Community building

What are we rebuilding?

We will be rebuilding the community building

What funds are required from each participant besides the tour cost?

A B3 (Build Back Better) fund per participant must be raised to qualify for this program, in addition to the tour cost. If more funds can be raised and the total amount exceeds the estimated amount, the balance unused funds will be directed for additional work in the area.

How is the B3 Fund used?The B3 funds will be used for construction materials and labor cost

Includes

• Transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary

• 3 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis on bed and breakfast plan

• 10 nights 11 days Volunteer program inclusive of accommodation, meals, transportation to and from the program       location

• All sightseeing as indicated in the program with private vehicle and escorted by English speaking local guide

• All monument entrance fees as per the above program

Excludes

• B3 Fund

• Nepal entry visa fee

• Airfares

• Refreshments, bottled drinks

• Tipping

• Insurance and rescue of any form

• Cost arising out of flight cancelation/road blockades/landslides/riots and events beyond our control

• Expenses of personal nature and any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost

• Photography charges in the monasteries and monuments

• Any items, services and meals which are not included in the above cost inclusion or mentioned in the above itinerary

 

Itinerary

Day 1- Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 2 - Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

Day 3 - Fly to Manthali and drive to Dhadde

Day 4 - Trek to Lamje Sakamari

Day 5 - Full day Community service

Day 6 - Full day Community service

Day 7 - Full day Community service

Day 8 - Full day Community service

Day 9 - Full day Community service

Day 10 - Full day Community service

Day 11 - Full day Community service

Day 12 - Trek back to Dhadde and drive to Manthali

Day 13 - Fly to Kathmandu

Day 14 - Departure

 

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