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Fri 10 Feb - Sun 19 Feb 2017

In aid of The Pahar Trust Nepal

The Pahar Trust Nepal

OVERVIEW

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ITINERARY

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COSTS

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ESSENTIAL INFO

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This page provides you with a variety of information about the challenge that you might find useful.

Why build a school in Nepal as a challenge?

Group size

Accommodation

Climate

Passport

Visa

Money

Vaccinations

Safety

Why build a school in Nepal as a challenge?

“Education is a fundamental human right and essential for the exercise of all other human rights. It promotes individual freedom and empowerment and yields important development benefits. Yet millions of children and adults remain deprived of educational opportunities, many as a result of poverty.” UNESCO

A staggering £85million was donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee by the UK public which has since gone towards the rebuilding of lives and livelihoods of the Nepalese who were affected by this quake.  However, a country cannot be rebuilt in a year and there are still many organisations working in Nepal to date in order to help the Nepalese restore their country.  

This challenge will be both physical and emotional but all you need is an open mind, a lot of enthusiasm and a willingness to make a difference.  You will work alongside a UK registered charity, The Pahar Nepal Trust. This trust was established in 1993 with the main focus being the co-ordination and construction of schools in the remote areas of Nepal.  Initially this has been in the East and West of Nepal, however since the earthquake in 2015, there are other regions of Nepal who also require assistance.  

The construction of the school will provide jobs within the community and has the potential to help unskilled labourers to learn valuable skills and provide them with opportunities for work in the future.  

You will never be asked to do anything outside of your physical capabilities and team work will be encouraged at all times. No volunteer will ever be made to feel they have to do something they are not happy or comfortable doing.  If you feel you are unable do what you have been asked, please speak to your construction supervisor or team leader and they will do their best to find you something else.  

 

Why build a school in Nepal as a challenge?

“Education is a fundamental human right and essential for the exercise of all other human rights. It promotes individual freedom and empowerment and yields important development benefits. Yet millions of children and adults remain deprived of educational opportunities, many as a result of poverty.” UNESCO

A staggering £85million was donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee by the UK public which has since gone towards the rebuilding of lives and livelihoods of the Nepalese who were affected by this quake.  However, a country cannot be rebuilt in a year and there are still many organisations working in Nepal to date in order to help the Nepalese restore their country.  

This challenge will be both physical and emotional but all you need is an open mind, a lot of enthusiasm and a willingness to make a difference.  You will work alongside a UK registered charity, The Pahar Nepal Trust. This trust was established in 1993 with the main focus being the co-ordination and construction of schools in the remote areas of Nepal.  Initially this has been in the East and West of Nepal, however since the earthquake in 2015, there are other regions of Nepal who also require assistance.  

The construction of the school will provide jobs within the community and has the potential to help unskilled labourers to learn valuable skills and provide them with opportunities for work in the future.  

You will never be asked to do anything outside of your physical capabilities and team work will be encouraged at all times. No volunteer will ever be made to feel they have to do something they are not happy or comfortable doing.  If you feel you are unable do what you have been asked, please speak to your construction supervisor or team leader and they will do their best to find you something else.  

 

Group size

Each group will be between 20 - 25 people.    Group size is important not just to ensure that tasks can be delegated appropriately for teams, but also to ensure we do not over run a community and deplete their resources.

 

Group size

Each group will be between 20 - 25 people.    Group size is important not just to ensure that tasks can be delegated appropriately for teams, but also to ensure we do not over run a community and deplete their resources.

 

Accommodation

A campsite will be set up within or close by to the community and your work site.  There will be a separate kitchen and dining tent.  The toilet facilities are quite primitive in villages, so long drops will be dug and a toilet tent will be provided.

 

Accommodation

A campsite will be set up within or close by to the community and your work site.  There will be a separate kitchen and dining tent.  The toilet facilities are quite primitive in villages, so long drops will be dug and a toilet tent will be provided.

 

Climate

The Community Challenge is scheduled for the Winter season (between December – February) as this provides the optimal conditions for labour intensive work. The weather is cool and the sky is clear with occasional snowfalls at higher elevations. The mornings and nights are cold and the days tend to be warm when sunny.
Winter season temperatures range between 9-12 Degrees Celsius (48-54 Degrees Fahrenheit).

Climate

The Community Challenge is scheduled for the Winter season (between December – February) as this provides the optimal conditions for labour intensive work. The weather is cool and the sky is clear with occasional snowfalls at higher elevations. The mornings and nights are cold and the days tend to be warm when sunny.
Winter season temperatures range between 9-12 Degrees Celsius (48-54 Degrees Fahrenheit).

Passport

You must hold a full ten-year passport with at least six months to run from the end of your Community Challenge. Airlines may not carry passengers holding passports with less than 6 months validity.

Passport

You must hold a full ten-year passport with at least six months to run from the end of your Community Challenge. Airlines may not carry passengers holding passports with less than 6 months validity.

Visa

You will need a visa to travel to Nepal.
To apply for a Nepalese visa in the United Kingdom you should contact the Nepalese Embassy, 12A, Kensington Palace Gardens, London, W8 4QU (telephone: +20 7229 1594 or 6231 or 5352).

The validity of visa dates are counted from the date of arrival in Nepal.  You should apply about 12 weeks before departure for a single-entry tourist visa. Do not apply too early otherwise it will run out before you leave for Nepal. It is valid for six months from the date of issue. We will send further visa advice at 3 months prior to departure.

Visa

You will need a visa to travel to Nepal.
To apply for a Nepalese visa in the United Kingdom you should contact the Nepalese Embassy, 12A, Kensington Palace Gardens, London, W8 4QU (telephone: +20 7229 1594 or 6231 or 5352).

The validity of visa dates are counted from the date of arrival in Nepal.  You should apply about 12 weeks before departure for a single-entry tourist visa. Do not apply too early otherwise it will run out before you leave for Nepal. It is valid for six months from the date of issue. We will send further visa advice at 3 months prior to departure.

Money

Nepal use the Nepalese rupee.  This is a closed currency which means that you will not be able to find Nepalese rupees outside of Nepal. For up to date currency exchange, go to www.xe.com. British Pounds, Euros and USD can be exchanged at Kathmandu airport and in the city.
Credit Cards: These are accepted in all major hotels, banks and stores in Kathmandu. They will not be accepted where the remote challenge takes place.
ATMs: ATMs are not always available and when they are, they do not always work. We recommend that you exchange cash in the airport or use the ATMs in the airport rather than relying on the city.
How much to bring: You will not need a large amount of money during this trip particularly since you will predominantly be in the community away from any foreign exchanges or banks. Though please have some Nepalese rupees available in case you wish to purchase any local arts & crafts or additional food and drink. Primarily you will only need money at the start and end of your challenge in Kathmandu to buy items such as food & drink, gifts & souvenirs. There are plenty of shops available in Thamel where you can purchase any last minute kit requirements and plenty of other items.  
You will also need to pay a departure tax and for any other additional activities that you wish to do. On average we recommend around £250.  Small denominations are more useful when making purchases in the community.
 

Money

Nepal use the Nepalese rupee.  This is a closed currency which means that you will not be able to find Nepalese rupees outside of Nepal. For up to date currency exchange, go to www.xe.com. British Pounds, Euros and USD can be exchanged at Kathmandu airport and in the city.
Credit Cards: These are accepted in all major hotels, banks and stores in Kathmandu. They will not be accepted where the remote challenge takes place.
ATMs: ATMs are not always available and when they are, they do not always work. We recommend that you exchange cash in the airport or use the ATMs in the airport rather than relying on the city.
How much to bring: You will not need a large amount of money during this trip particularly since you will predominantly be in the community away from any foreign exchanges or banks. Though please have some Nepalese rupees available in case you wish to purchase any local arts & crafts or additional food and drink. Primarily you will only need money at the start and end of your challenge in Kathmandu to buy items such as food & drink, gifts & souvenirs. There are plenty of shops available in Thamel where you can purchase any last minute kit requirements and plenty of other items.  
You will also need to pay a departure tax and for any other additional activities that you wish to do. On average we recommend around £250.  Small denominations are more useful when making purchases in the community.
 

Vaccinations

For up to date vaccination information please check the NHS Government website ‘Fit for Travel’ at: http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspxb.  Malaria precautions are essential in all areas below 1,200 metres all year round. The risk in Kathmandu and mountainous areas or at greater altitude is very small. Check with your doctor or nurse about suitable anti-malarial tablets.

Vaccinations

For up to date vaccination information please check the NHS Government website ‘Fit for Travel’ at: http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspxb.  Malaria precautions are essential in all areas below 1,200 metres all year round. The risk in Kathmandu and mountainous areas or at greater altitude is very small. Check with your doctor or nurse about suitable anti-malarial tablets.

Safety

Charity Challenge considers the safety of all of its participants and staff to be a top priority and have the appropriate safety management systems in place. Our ‘Challenge Safe’ document formalises our ethos when it comes to safety, and brings together the procedures and risk management strategies that we use to audit all aspects of our challenges, from vehicles to accommodation to the activity itself. Your welfare is paramount.

 

Safety

Charity Challenge considers the safety of all of its participants and staff to be a top priority and have the appropriate safety management systems in place. Our ‘Challenge Safe’ document formalises our ethos when it comes to safety, and brings together the procedures and risk management strategies that we use to audit all aspects of our challenges, from vehicles to accommodation to the activity itself. Your welfare is paramount.

 

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