The first Youthlinc trip to Nepal was in 2015 right after several rounds of earthquakes that devastated the entire 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 every year. These circumstances heavily damage infrastructure and leave buildings (schools, homes, etc.) in disrepair. This has especially detrimental effects on small more rural communities who are expected to fund rebuilds and structural repairs year after year after year.
Our in-country coordinator is Binod Rai (pictured below). Binod and his family run a trekking company in Nepal called Insight Himalaya. He has a mind for logistics, such great experience, and is ecstatic to be working with Youthlinc. We are lucky to have him!
Our 2020 teams will be working in two small villages outside an area called Godawari, just 45 minutes southeast of Kathmandu. The Nepal 1 team will be working in a village named Khanigaon and the Nepal 2 team will be working in a village named 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.
Matt’s introduction to Youthlinc came about when his wife, Sarah, joined the 2007 Kenya team. Matt stayed home from that trip to care for their two young children, but began volunteering his time and skills in marketing to Youthlinc. Matt helped with many things from 2008-2011, including the design and development of the website and the first online version of the Local Service Directory. Prior to that the Service Directory was printed on actual paper! Can you believe that kids?
Sarah and Matt were able to lead a team to Thailand in 2010 and continued to volunteer in as many ways as possible with Youthlinc while raising their kids. Matt and his son, Toby, participated in the 2018 Service Year on the Fiji 1 team (the best 2018 Fiji team!). He plans to continue his family’s involvement with Youthlinc for many years to come!
As a traveler, Rotarian, and seeker of humanitarian opportunities, Matt loves the immersive experience with other cultures and service opportunities that Youthlinc provides. He believes the local and international experiences Youthlinc provides are very unique in how they connect each individual to a collective vision of what service can be in a deeply personal way.
Matt is an entrepreneur and runs his own business consulting on branding, marketing, digital strategy, user experience, and graphic design. He spends as much time as possible travelling and getting out into the mountains to ski, fly fish, mtn bike, climb, camp or hike with his family, preferably without any maps.
My name is MJ Nelson and humanitarian work and selfless service are two things in life that truly matter to me, I treasure my Youthlinc experiences that have taught me that.
That being said I am now super thrilled to help serve as the ATL for the Youthlinc 2020 Nepal Team! My first Youthlinc adventure was to Vietnam as a high school student in 2013, I’ll never forget how beautiful it was. I went again as an alum the next year to Guatemala and just this past year to Thailand. Each trip has been an incredible experience, and I can’t wait to meet everyone on the team and help create another fantastic Youthlinc team. A little about me, I’m a 23 year old entrepreneur and I solicit solar door-to-door for Vivint. I have about a year left remaining in a degree in Finance at the University of Utah, but I am currently spending my time working for Vivint and as an entrepreneur in the Bay Area/Southern California. I spend my free time playing guitar, piano, and going to the beach. I just started surfing.
I first became involved with Youthlinc in 2011 when I started making maturation pads for the Kenya team. I fell in love with the opportunity to serve and continued donating them year after year. I knew in my heart that one day I would go on one of their humanitarian trips.
I went on my first Youthlinc trip to Peru. It was amazing and life changing!
Since that time, I have led teams to Nepal & Thailand. The trips have changed my life forever. I have developed an even greater love for humanitarian work since serving in these countries. What has been even better than the trips themselves, has been witnessing the miraculous way that they have changed the lives of the youth on our teams. I am so excited to be returning to the great people of Nepal once more.
I work as a director at an assisted living facility. My residents have my heart and I love going to work each day to put smiles on their faces and make a difference.
I own a photography and event planning business, but I am a crafter at heart! I am a wife, a mother to 4 and a grandma to 11. My greatest loves are spending time with my family, Disneyland, camping, motorcycling and serving others.
My name is Ben Butcher and I am an ATL for this upcoming Youthlinc year. I am so excited to be working with Youthlinc again. I have not been able to since 2017. Currently, I am a Junior at the University of Southern California majoring in Business Communications with a double minor in Business Finance and Cinematic Arts. In high school, I was involved with Youthlinc on multiple occasions. I volunteered locally with the real-life program, I was a Business Committee participant on a trip to Guatemala, and I was the Alum Leader of the Education Committee on a trip to Kenya. As an ATL, I am excited to work with students to bring good to both local and international communities.