in partnership with Architects Without Frontiers and Travelling Tradies
This is the 11th consecutive year that Aussie Action Abroad will undertake construction projects in partnership with Architects without Frontiers.
Aussie Action Abroad offers Architects, Architecture Students, design professionals or anyone who is proactive and willing to work the opportunity to travel, interact with and contribute to communities in need through community development projects.
Volunteers get to work ‘hands-on’ alongside architects, builders and related professionals and with local tradesmen to construct sustainable buildings and resources. This is a real opportunity to understand local needs, resources and the adaptation of materials to suit the project.
This year Aussie Action Abroad is offering the opportunity for volunteers to participate in post-earthquake reconstruction.
A Construction Team will form part of the Community Development Team – please refer to details under “ I just want to help where I can”
Dates: December 28, 2018 – January 24, 2019 (4 Weeks)
Price: $3700 AUD A $500 deposit is required after submitting the application.
- Internal Transport
- Local Staff Employment and Project Support
- Language Lesson
- Project Contribution
The following expense are not included within the expedition fees:
- Flight arrangements (incl taxes)
- Travel Insurance
- Medical Preparation
- Personal Gear
- Spending Money
Aussie Action Abroad Ltd (AAA) uses basic accommodation at all times. Depending on location and practicality, this may include camping (tents supplied), dormitories, local hostel accommodation and basic hotels. Prior to departure, AAA supplies participants with all the information they need regarding gear, innoculations, culture & climate, etc. Detailed material will be sent on enquiry which includes an outlined program of planned activity.
Group Support: Groups of 10 participants will be allocated to each project and be supported by Australian volunteer staff (including medical support staff) and qualified and experienced local staff.
Project fundraising: Each participant is encouraged to undertake activities prior to the Expedition to raise awareness and funds for the work being undertaken by partner organisations focussed on providing additional teaching resources. Funds raised will be given to the schools visited by the group.
Program: During the expedition, volunteers will participate in project work between 2-3 weeks, go on a trek around the area in which they work and explore the sights of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur.
Thoroughly enjoyed my time as a member of the construction crew with AAA’s Nepal expedition 2012/13. On top of the opportunity to give towards a community that I had never met before, the camaraderie shared between the AAA organisation and other volunteers throughout the trip, during the work, trek and sightseeing stages was a truly fulfilling and humbling experience. This is an experience that I would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone, whatever their stage in life!
I loved experiencing a culture that is so strong-willed and determined, yet so easy going and genuinely happy. The adversities faced by the local Nepali people is what keeps them going day in day out, and the generosity of Westerners is a gift well and truly deserved.
A truly inspiring experience watching the participants and Nepali locals working together to successfully complete the Mongoladoya School construction project. The most touching memory was hearing the immense gratitude from the local community and school children throughout the project duration and the celebration ceremony thrown for us after the completion of the works.