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Find Joy in Serving Others

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Find Joy in Serving Others

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Join us for a life-changing experience in beautiful Nepal!


Highlights

➥ 4-7 hours of diverse service work/day

➥  Community Living

➥ Delicious Vegetarian Meals

➥ Cultural Immersion 

➥ Intention Setting

➥ Simple tent living on old rice terraces

➥ Occasional Yoga, Morning Meditation, and Chanting (depending on the presence of a teacher)

➥ Accommodation in Kathmandu

➥ Airport Pickup and Transportation to Takure

Living in community, serving community

Since the very beginning our work has been dependent on our network of compassionate volunteers from all over the world. We've built bamboo structures, retaining walls, produced and moved thousands of bricks, dug hundreds of holes for trees, made paper mache masks at the schools, and rammed earth into some of the strongest structures around. Our daily work is as diverse as the community we live in.

Our volunteer community varies from 20-50 people at any given time. Just as we serve Nepal, we serve each other. We take turns cooking meals, doing dishes, cleaning up our communal spaces, teaching workshops, and trading massages or chocolate.

Each month we host a 10-day volunteer program. Whether you are joining us for two weeks or two months, we ask that you arrive on one of these dates if you are interested in lending a hand. 

Give Back

Our project is funded almost entirely by the fundraising efforts of our volunteers. We don't have any large grants or a billionaire CEO - in fact, we are all volunteers! We ask everyone to reach out to their network and fundraise to support the project. It is easier than you might think! The goal we suggest for each volunteer depends on their time commitment to the project.

Approximately 75% of all donations go directly to our projects. The remaining 25% enable us to buy food, rent the land we live on, and pay for other volunteer expenses. 

If you are in a position where you feel unable to fundraise but are still passionate about joining us in Nepal, please mention it on the volunteer form or when speaking with a member from our team.

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upcoming programs


Upcoming Programs

upcoming programs


Upcoming Programs

Upcoming 10 - Day Programs

Due to the monsoon rains, our project will be on hiatus from June 5th - September 18th, 2017.

 

Fall 2017

September 18th-27th

October 9th-18th

Yoga For Nepal: Nov 6th-15th

December 4th-13th


Short Term Volunteers

(10 -day program)

Can you only take two weeks off of work or school? If so, a 10-day service trip to Nepal might be perfect for you. Immerse yourself in the local community, join us in our rebuilding projects, assistant teach at the local primary schools, and take a day hike to see some beautiful mountains. Everything you could hope for in a quick trip across the globe.


Long Term Volunteers

(One month minimum)

Are you looking to get deeper into international development? Are you hoping to develop your skills in rural community work? If so, consider joining our team of long-term volunteers for 1-5 months.  We recommend arriving with a 10-day program to simplify transportation and assist with integration into our community and work. Adventure awaits!


Plan Your Own Program

Do you have a group of friends, family, peers or coworkers that are interested in traveling together to help Nepal rebuild? Are you passionate about joining one of our projects, but can't come during our scheduled dates? Don't worry! Just reach out to us and we would love to work with you directly to coordinate a personalized trip to Nepal to work side-by-side with our international team and the Nepali families we serve. If you are interested in planning a program, let us know in your form.

 

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Volunteer Experiences

volunteers at work


Volunteer Experiences

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camp


Our Volunteer Camp

and other frequently asked questions...

camp


Our Volunteer Camp

and other frequently asked questions...

Sustainable Living

We aim to live simply and sustainably on the beautiful terraced land on which we camp in the village of Takure. Our intention is minimize our impact on this land by responsibly utilizing resources, harvesting materials, managing our trash, and respecting cultural customs. We have dry compost latrines, which eliminate the need for excessive amounts of clean water and handle our waste responsibly. We believe in learning how to live off this land from the local community while demonstrating the benefits of the sustainable living technologies our volunteers have brought to Takure. 


 

 

Food

About five hours northwest of Kathmandu, Takure is inhabited primarily by members of the Brahmin and Chhetri castes of Hinduism. Out of respect for their beliefs, we have chosen to join them in abstaining from meat and alcohol. Breakfast and dinner are cooked together as a community and two local women cook us traditional dal bhat (rice and lentils) for lunch each day. We support the local farming community through our shopping practices. 


Water

We source water from a few local springs, however it is still a limited resource here in Takure. After a hot day in the sun we are able to enjoy refreshing cold showers at camp or hand wash our sweaty work clothes. Thanks to our Sawyer Filter Drip Systems, we have clean drinking water to keep us hydrated for hard work and fun dance parties.


 

Weather

The fall is a beautiful time in Nepal, ideal for trekking, sunny days, evening showers, and hillsides overflowing with lush vegetation reminiscent of the monsoon rains. As we progress into wintertime, it cools down quite a bit. During the day we stay warm making bricks for the community in sunny weather and get cozy as temperatures drop at night. The spring and summer bring warmer weather and with it intermittent evening rainfall . 

 


 

Community Engagement

The Nepali community is rich in Hindu and Buddhist tradition. During festival season in the fall, we've been lucky enough to engage many festivities with the villagers. Last year, we assisted in the construction of a 40 foot bamboo swing, partook in festive feasts, and danced in the roads to the music of the Madal (nepali drum). In the afternoons, we can walk five minutes to the local tea shop to share cups of hot milk tea and laughs with community members while practicing our Nepali. 


Communal Living

What brings many of us here to Takure is a passion for service work and sustainable international development. We believe in fostering an environment that supports creativity and compassion through working towards a common good greater than ourselves. Together, with our chore teams, we take turns cooking each other breakfast and dinner and helping with dishes. 

The size of our volunteer community varies throughout the year. On average we have about 25 incredible people from all over the globe.


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schedule


What to expect.

schedule


What to expect.

10-Day Program Schedule

This schedule reflects a typical 10-day schedule which is subject to change depending on our work and team.