Nepal 2019 tentative trip dates:
Nepal 1 (Southern Utah/Logan team/SLC): June 8th–June 23rd, 2019
Nepal 2 (Salt Lake team): June 25th–July 10th, 2019
estimate historical cost: $3,700
*dates and cost are subject to change depending on flights
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 2019 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!
2019 Nepal 1 Team Leader: Laura Taylor
Laura Taylor served as a Youthlinc mentor to Kenya in 2018 and is thrilled to be leading a team to Nepal. As an educator, she has taught students from age 5-55 in public, charter and university classrooms. She has taught special education and English as a Second Language for over twenty years. Making a difference in the lives of others is in her blood. Humanitarian service is her joy with trips to China, Guatemala and Kenya under her belt. She looks forward to much more service in the future.
She is the mother to four adult children and two gorgeous and brilliant grandchildren. Most of her time is spent teaching, spending time with family, reading, and traveling. Traveling the world helping others has been one of the greatest highlights of her life. She says that humanitarian work has changed her perspective about life and has made her who she is today. She is grateful for the opportunity to go with Youthlinc to Nepal in 2019 and looking forward to making the trip extra special for the team!
2019 Nepal 1 Team Leader: Cami Player
Cami has been involved with Youthlinc since 2013. She joined the Cambodia team as a student. It was an incredible experience that forever impacted her life. Since then, she has lived abroad in Argentina and Paraguay, and served as an Alum leader in Madagascar with Youthlinc. She could never talk enough about Youthlinc and what an incredible program it is.
Cami graduated from Utah State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education with an emphasis in English as a Second Language. She now teaches 5th grade at Woodruff Elementary in Logan, Utah. Service has always been a priority in Cami’s life, but Youthlinc’s mission to create lifelong humanitarians was what really sparked the fire. She’s been an active participant in the Utah State University Service Club, served as a volunteer at the English Learning Center, was an active Americorps member, and is constantly serving her students every day! In her free time, Cami enjoys adventuring outdoors with her husband, photography, soccer, reading a good book, and learning awesome new things.
2019 Nepal 1 Assistant Team Leader: Dolly Ames
Dolly graduated from Dixie State University last year with her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, along with certificates in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. She currently works as a Digital Marketing Strategist and enjoys the fast pace and ever-changing world of online marketing.
When she isn’t working, Dolly loves to spend her time engaged in the community, helping others, and connecting with people. She has a deep love for service which made being an ATL a dream come true. In addition to Youthlinc, Dolly is involved in several nonprofit committees, fundraising events, and continues to visit her main service site back from her days as a student.
Dolly’s first humanitarian trip was to Cambodia and that is where she fell in love with Youthlinc’s program. This last year she had the opportunity to serve in a leadership position with the Southern Utah team that traveled to Thailand. Dolly has definitely caught the Youthlinc bug and loves to share the mission of lifetime humanitarianism with others. She is ECSTATIC to be an ATL and help lead a new team to Nepal this coming July!
2019 Nepal 1 Assistant Team Leader: Katie Lewis
Katie Lewis has been to Madagascar twice with Youthlinc. Once as a service year student and again last year at an Assistant Team Leader. She loves serving people around the world and locally and is excited to help others find that same passion as an assistant team leader this year. Katie is a freshman at Weber State University and is an avid dancer.
2019 Nepal 2 Team Leader: Jordan Taylor
I couldn’t be more excited to return to Youthlinc for a 6th Trip. I started as a student going to Kenya in 2013 and since then I haven’t been able to walk away from Youthlinc. I have been lucky enough to go to Kenya, Guatemala, Peru, Cambodia, Thailand and now Nepal. Service has embedded itself in my life both Locally and Internationally. Youthlinc also introduced me to Rotary and now I get the opportunity to do even more service with some of my closest friends. It has continually taught me about not only myself but about the world around me. My favorite part of these trips is the relationship you can build with those you are working with both on your team and in the community we serve. The best way to see the world is to work hard with the people of it to make it a little better. I’m continually surprised to see the impact just one person can have on so many others. I hope you will join me for one of the greatest experiences you can have.
At the moment I am a health insurance agent for clients with disabilities. You can usually find me at a local Comic book shop or out with my Dog, Georgia. I absolutely love board games and all things table top. I can guarantee you, I will make you play and we will have a blast!
2019 Nepal 2 Assistant Team Leader: Meg Rowley
Meg Rowley is currently a junior at Brigham Young University studying accounting. Meg’s humanitarian efforts started when she was a junior at Olympus High School and first learned about Youthlinc. Her first trip with Youthlinc to Vietnam made her fall in love with service, humanitarian work, and learning to connect with people. After her first year of college she served an 18-month service mission to Peru where she continued her love of serving and building lasting relationships. This past year Meg was an Alum Leader on the Thailand, Trat team and she is excited to continue service this upcoming year as an Assistant Team Leader in Nepal.
Aside from service work Meg loves to go outside and try new things. She enjoys running (kind of) and played lacrosse in high school. Meg has many different favorites that have stayed with her since her childhood like her favorite animal, a shark, and her favorite ice cream flavor, pink bubble gum. She can often be found listening to music during any activity, spending time in the library preparing for school, or passing time with family and friends.