Pokhara, Nepal

Habitat for Humanity | Global Village

See the world. Open your mind. Get your hands dirty. Make a difference.

Join this Global Village team as we travel to central Nepal, an area rich in history and natural beauty. We will work side by side with local families and experience the culture, food and landscape of Pokhara through building and other activities. No construction experience is necessary.

Trip Itinerary

12/6: depart from home

12/7: travel day

12/8: arrive in Kathmandu in the afternoon

12/9: fly to Pokhara with team, welcome by host staff and general orientation

12/10 - 12/13: breakfast at hotel, work 8am - 4pm, dinner, team activities

12/14 - 12/15: activities / day trips *

12/16 - 12/19: breakfast at hotel, work 8am - 4pm, dinner, team activities

12/20: house dedication, farewell lunch, fly back to Kathmandu, free time

12/21: depart for home

* Day trips (not included in the budget) are optional and may include activities such as:

  • canoeing
  • paragliding
  • hiking up a mountain to watch the sunrise off of the Himalayas
  • a Mount Everest helicopter tour

Type of Construction

Volunteers may work on new construction or renovation of homes. Construction materials depend upon locally available materials: bamboo, brick, stone, cement blocks, sun-burnt brick etc. The construction tasks will vary depending on the stage of construction.

Program Cost


This includes:

  • an $800 donation to Habitat for Humanity
  • accomodations
  • meals
  • travel insurance
  • local transportation
  • cultural activities
  • flights between Kathmandu and Pokhara (not flights to/from Kathmandu)

All participants are encouraged to fundraise for the trip by setting up a webpage through Habitat for Humanity. Additional funds raised beyond the trip cost will help support the building of more homes, create resource centers, educate families, and advance our projects to build sustainable communities.


Lodging will be provided in a local hotel with participants sharing double-occupancy

rooms and shared bath. Breakfast will be provided at the hotel. Lunch, snacks

and bottled water will be taken on the worksite. Dinner will be eaten either at the hotel

or a local restaurant.

Habitat For Humanity Nepal

  • 45% of Nepal’s population lives below the poverty line, with one infant in every 10 dying before the age of five.

  • Nearly 90% of Nepal’s 22 million people live in the rural plains and mountain areas, primarily as subsistence farmers.

  • A lack of employment and poverty has forced one in 10 of the rural population to migrate to the capital, Kathmandu, and other cities – resulting in a shortage of adequate housing in towns and cities, crowded living spaces and the growth of substandard housing.

  • Habitat for Humanity Nepal builds in every major geographic area of the country, providing an affordable and decent house using the resources available in each location.

  • HFH Nepal also partners with other nonprofits to help teach families how to build homes, provide disaster-response help to communities affected by flooding and to provide clean water and proper sanitation to families in need.

About Pokhara

  • With a population of 200,000 people, Pokhara is Nepal’s third largest city.

  • Lying just 827 meters above sea level in a valley floor, it is an area of ancient caves and tranquil lakes nestling at the foot of the awe-inspiring Annapurna range of mountains.

  • Pokhara is a base for trekking, kayaking, ultra-light flying and paragliding, mountain biking, and other outdoor pursuits.

Team Leader

Maris first got involved with Habitat for Humanity while studying architecture in college. She has learned through leading Global Village trips to Guatemala, El Salvador and Thailand, as well as participating in a trip to Alaska, that there is no better way to volunteer, meet incredible people and travel the world.

If you are interested in joining this team, please contact her at the address below.

Photo credits: nepalesecultureandtourism.com, Michael Feinglass, Brooks, and goway.com