Nepal Day 10: DIY Tour Of Kathmandu

I woke tired and a little hungover after the big final fling last night. I had a free day to explore more of Kathmandu. I had explored the city area of Kathmandu when I first arrived here. Today I planned to explore a little further afield in the area surrounding the city. Instead of paying …

Nepal Day 9: Final Goodbyes

We have finished our week of building a house in Nepal. It was time for us to go our separate ways, sort of. I still had another day to explore Kathmandu, and others in the group had plans too. Breakfast balcony at the Hotel Our bus back to Kathmandu was leaving 10am, which should have …

Nepal Day 8: Final Day of the Build

The final day of our volunteering effort to build a house in Nepal has come too quickly. When we started the house it was partially built, and we are leaving a week later with it not fully complete. It is not really a problem, as there will be more work to be completed on all …

Nepal Day 7: Helping The Neighbours

Another day on the volunteer house build. Today there was lots of rendering to be done, which is slow, monotonous and hot work. The job involves mixing mud, straw and cow dung, then applying the resulting gunk over the brick walls we had built. Several layers of render are required, which will help insulate the …

Nepal Day 6: No Better Place To Be

I woke to a wonderful view out my window, the rising sun lighting up the peaks of the distant mountains. What a great place to stay while volunteering in Nepal. Rob in Nepal for Habitat for Humanity, helping to build a house for a local family in Dulikel. At our building site I worked on …

Nepal Day 5: How To Build A Roof

What a solid sleep! I am well-rested after our first day volunteering to build a house in Nepal, though not as sore as I thought I would be. A few sore muscles, but ready for another challenging day of building. Waking up to another beautiful view looking out towards the Himalayas We spent a lot …

Nepal Day 4: Getting Straight Into It

Today is the first action day for my volunteering experience in Nepal. I spent yesterday getting to the town of Dhulikhel, about an hour from Kathmandu. We are staying at pretty luxurious accommodation, Dhulikhel Mountain Resort. It is much better than the usual places I stay when travelling throughout Asia. Waking up to the fresh …

Nepal Day 3: Transferring to Dulikel

My second night in Nepal, I slept a bit better, but still woke to the bell ringing by the worshippers at the shrine just outside my window. I was checking out of the hotel today, and moving to the town of Dulikel from where my volunteering work will be based. With the gifts I bought …