Anticipated Trip Cost: $3,999
Anticipated Dates: June 22 – July 6, 2024
- 9-month leadership development program with integrated local service component
- Youthlinc’s mission is to transform volunteers into lifetime humanitarians, which takes time and effort- we are not a “pay-and-go” program
- Twenty five years of proven curriculum and data show that our program truly changes and improves our volunteers & communities abroad
- Connect and build friendships with your team for 9 months prior to travel
- We are a Utah-based program. Round-trip international airfare is included from Salt Lake City. Minors will never be asked to fly alone to another city to meet their team for the first time.
- All meals, accommodation, transportation, & clean water
- Excursions include visiting the famous world heritage sites throughout Kathmandu and a day trek Kathmandu valley
- Travel insurance, medical professional travels with team, 1:3 ratio of adults:student
The first Youthlinc trip to Nepal was in 2015 right after several earthquakes devastated the country. Nepal is spread over an extremely mountainous region which makes it susceptible to high levels of earthquake activity and intense rainfall every year. These conditions continually wash out their roads and weakens the structural integrity of many buildings each year. These circumstances heavily damage infrastructure and leave buildings (schools, homes, etc.) in disrepair. This has especially detrimental effects on small, rural communities who are expected to fund rebuilds and structural repairs year after year.
Our in-country coordinator is Binod Rai. Binod and his family run a trekking company in Nepal called Insight Himalaya. He is also on the Board for Waves For Water. He has a mind for logistics, is a lifetime humanitarian, and is ecstatic to be working with Youthlinc. We are lucky to have him!
Our team will be working in two small villages outside an area called Godawari, just 45 minutes southeast of Kathmandu. Youthlinc works in the villages of Khanigaon and Lele. Both communities have tremendous need and are excited to welcome the Youthlinc teams with open arms.
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At the age of 18 he was the youngest Trek Leader in the Himalaya. He left for the chance to leave home and study in Hawaii to help his dad start an adventure travel business.
In 2021 this family business, Insight Himalaya, celebrates 31 years of pioneering new trails, pulling off once in a lifetime expeditions, setting new standards in bespoke Himalaya adventures and today collaborating with Waves For Water to enable people to go off on a holiday to countries like Mongolia and deliver water filters to nomadic families.
He is the South Asia Director for www.wavesforwater.org and has assisted in their work in Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, China & Mongolia.
He founded Waves For Water India in 2015 which as of 2019 has provided more than 8000 water filter systems to those languishing in inhospitable conditions in the slums of Delhi and Gurgaon, North India.
Youthlinc connected with Binod in through a mutual friend in Utah. Binod has a passion for service through his family and his foundations. Youthlinc felt like a perfect partnership to bring into his local villages. He has helped us expand and reach more of rural Nepal. Binod is married to Rupa Rai, and together they have 2 children who also actively find ways to serve their communities.
We are so luck to have Binod as our In-Country Coordinator for Nepal.
NEPAL TEAM LEADER
Megan got involved with Youthlinc in 2012 as a humanitarian on the Peru team. Since then she has been on 5 trips as an Alum Leader, Assistant Team Leader, Mentor, and participant in the Global Community Leadership program. This is her second time as Team Leader. She loves Youthlinc’s mission of creating lifetime humanitarians and the amazing opportunities that service brings.
Megan has a degree in Psychology from the University of Utah and recently graduated with a Master’s of Business Administration from Western Governors University. She is an Operations Manager at a laboratory. In her free time she likes playing guitar, riding her motorcycle, and listening to Taylor Swift.
My name is Nathan Anderson, I’m so excited to be your ATL for the Nepal 2023 Service Year! This will be my third year with Youthlinc, I have previously been apart of the Peru and Vietnam Service Teams. I am passionate about serving others and am eager to get this service year started. In my free time I like to read, play chess, snowboard, or hangout with friends.