➥ Hands-on step-by-step dome construction
➥ Theory and practice of earth building and soil science
➥ Delicious Vegetarian Meals
➥ Share dinner at a Nepali home
➥ Hike in the Himalayas
➥ Airport Pickup and Private Transportation to Takure
➥Work in service alongside the local community through sustainable building, education, and agriculture
➥Meet students and professionals from around the world
➥Receive a certification that can help you grow your career in natural building and design
Following the April 25th, 2015 earthquake in Nepal, Conscious Impact arrived in Takure to support local families to rebuild their homes with sustainable construction materials. In the last 4+ years, Conscious Impact has constructed a primary school, community center, women’s cooperative and more than 40 homes…all from earth.. In this process, Conscious Impact has trained hundreds of Nepalis and international volunteers in natural building techniques.
Now, Conscious Impact and our team of construction professionals, is excited to offer its first ever 10-day Earthbag Dome Construction Certificate. If you have ever wanted to learn to build your own home, with the materials right under your feet, this is a perfect opportunity.
Dates: November 4-13, 2019
Location: Takure, Nepal (5-7 hours drive from Kathmandu)
Cost: $795 ($695 early bird registration), $195 for Indian and Nepali nationals
Includes: vegetarian food, camping accommodations and transportation during 10 days
Does NOT include: international airfare, food/accommodation in Kathmandu, travel insurance
Early Bird: September 1, 2019
Final Registration: October 15, 2019
More than 50% of the funds raised for this course go towards supporting Conscious Impact’s service work in Takure, while less than 50% goes towards your food, accommodations and supplies. As a small non-profit, we are grateful for every contribution that allows us to continue our support of local Nepali families. Thank you!
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our 2019 program
our 2019 program
Day 0, November 3rd (or earlier): Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal. Spend one night (or more) in Kathmandu. Explore local cultural and historical sites.
Day 1, November 4th: Meet Conscious Impact team and other program participants in Kathmandu at 8am for private transport to our village site (5-7 hours); Orientation, camp tour and dinner provided upon arrival.
Day 2, November 5th: Morning Work Tour and introduction to earthbag construction site; Afternoon community tour to see local Nepali village life and culture
Day 3, November 6th: Morning — Theory and science of earth construction and earthbag/superadobe technique, plus hands on experimentation with soil; Afternoon — Understanding and designing foundations plus laying the first bags!
Day 4/5, November 7th/8th: On site, hands on training including soil sieving, bag filling, bag sewing, barbed wire, rebar and tamping/leveling work.
Day 6, November 9th: Saturday (Day Off): Alternative activities offered, including hiking, yoga and/or baking pizza in our cob oven.
Day 7-9, November 10th-12th: Working hard to complete the walls of the earthbag dome! Laying the last bags, testing plastering mixtures, tamping/leveling walls, etc. Our goal is to finish the walls completely (or get as close as possible) during the 10 day program. Final discussions, any last questions?
Day 10, November 13th: Final breakfast and departure to Kathmandu (8am). Participants can fly out anytime after 5pm or the following day from Kathmandu airport.
NOTE: Our team will begin the foundation before the 10-day program, and finish the plastering after the 10-day program (as 10-days is not long enough to do everything). If you would like to work on the foundation from the start, you are invited to join us in Nepal earlier (we open October 1st to volunteers and will begin the foundation by October 21). If you would like to work more with plastering, you are welcome to stay as long as you would like after the 10 days (plastering will take a minimum of 2-3 weeks to complete). We have many long-term volunteers that live on our site, and extra hands are always helpful!