Posted: December 10, 2018
Nepal travel tends to include images of visitors trekking the Himalayan mountains, exploring holy temples, and enjoying the many outdoor adventures Nepal has to offer.
Despite its beauty, communities in Nepal are still reeling from the impact of the 2015 Nepal earthquake.
The 2015 earthquake was one of the worst in Nepal’s history. It killed thousands and caused major environmental destruction due to floods and erosion.
The people of Nepal lost homes, community centers, livestock, and important species of animals only found in the region.
Now, three years down the line, Nepal volunteers are still working to provide relief to communities feeling the effects of damage from earthquake “Gorkha”: so named after the region most affected by the quakes and aftershocks. Indeed, the quake’s devastation is still a focus in Nepal news stories today.
Entire communities in Nepal lost their homes and all of their belongings. This included goats, cows, and other livestock essential to the way of life for Nepalese farmers and herders.
70% of the population in Nepal survives on an agriculture-based economy. Families that once operated on acres of thriving farmland are now living in tents with access to few, if any, facilities.
Although the effects of the Nepal earthquake have been devastating, volunteers have come together to work with committed community members and organizations to rebuild communities and provide relief in areas where it is most needed. This has included the construction of buildings, and increasing educational capacity in schools.
Many children in Nepal are still unable to attend school due to the collapse of facilities. Many of the schools that were still standing after the quake do not have the supplies and resources that are needed for the children to reach their full potential.
Volunteers from teaching projects, such as those offered by GVI, are helping to meet those needs: either by contributing to planning lessons, or working as teacher’s assistants in overcrowded schools.
Other volunteers in GVI projects in Nepal are working with local craftspeople to paint and reconstruct community buildings so locals can get back to their day-to-day lives.
Regardless of the project, GVI volunteers stationed in Pokhara – a city known for its unique temples and beautiful views of the Himalayan mountains – are helping to provide relief in areas most impacted by the earthquake in Nepal.
As a volunteer in Nepal you have a number of project options including rebuilding schools, working with children, and providing necessary healthcare support. Teenage volunteers can trek to the base of Mount Everest as part of a project geared toward educating young children and improving educational facilities.
Each program has been developed to enhance a volunteer’s skills and to create a lasting impact on communities hardest hit by the earthquake in Nepal. All Nepal volunteers receive the necessary training and support within these community-driven projects that promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
In their free time, volunteers have the opportunity to visit the traditional Nepali villages surrounded by the vast Annapurna mountains, or the numerous national parks, conservation areas, and forests teeming with animal species not found anywhere else in the world.
Volunteering in Nepal is a great way to learn about Nepali culture, and community-based efforts to rebuild after the earthquake, while enjoying an adventure in one of the natural wonders of the world.
To find out more about how to make a positive impact during your visit to Nepal, connect with GVI today.
By Zaytoen Domingo