Construction and Maintenance Volunteer

Nepal National Lower Secondary School - Kathmandu, Nepal
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-722 Location: Kathmandu, Nepal Sector: Community Development Category: Organizational Support Min Duration: 1 week Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: None
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Volunteer Job Description

Nepal National Lower Secondary School ( NNLSS ) is one of the oldest schools in Nepal and therefore is constantly in need of repairs and maintenance of its structure.

The school was established in 1947 as a public school and the building requires a lot of energy and work by staff to maintain its upkeep and beautification. It is important to the well being of the students that their school is safe, tidy, and pleasant to look at.

The school has a newly constructed fourth floor that needs completion. The walls need to be plastered, floors finished, the kitchen area completed and doors installed. The management committee would appreciate construction and maintenance volunteers who would be willing to devote some of their time towards the development of the fourth floor of the school building. These chores may involve the making of cement, the construction of a pulley system to transport water and plaster from the first to fourth floor etc.

Construction and maintenance volunteers may also be asked to help staff with general repairs and painting projects.

Construction and maintenance volunteers at this placement do not require any specialized skills however they must be willing to do manual labour and be flexible in their assigned tasks.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Fourth Floor Construction Activities

A construction and maintenance volunteer would be expected to assist in construction activities to advance the development of the fourth floor of the school building. This may involve helping to plaster the walls, helping to develop the kitchen area or the bathrooms etc.

Help to Make Cement

With the help of a shovel construction and maintenance volunteers would be able to help by making mixtures of cement, sand and water for plastering. It is a fairly easy task and anyone can do it with a small amount of instruction.

General Repairs

Construction and maintenance volunteers would assist the maintenance staff with any repairs to the facilities. These chores may include bathroom renovations, replacement of doors or windows or other structural repairs necessary to maintain a safe environment for the students.


Construction and maintenance volunteers may be required to help with the painting of walls in any areas of the institution. The volunteers must leave any area clean at days end to ensure the safety of its students and staff.

Small Projects

By the time a construction and maintenance volunteer arrived at this placement, small projects may have been created in order to provide better facilities for the students. Volunteers may be asked to help with the construction and/or repairs of desks, chairs, tables, benches or other construction endeavours.

Host Organization Details

Nepal National Lower Secondary School

Nepal National Lower Secondary School ( NNLSS ) is one of the oldest schools in Nepal. Since its inception thousands of students have received their basic education there. However, in recent years public school education has decreased in popularity and private school education is the new mode of study.

The school is a public school and therefore is supported by the government. All Nepali children who attend this school are not charged any fees unless their families can afford to do so and then the only fee is for exams. At present the school teaches classes up to and including grade eight. However, as soon as finances can be obtained they hope to increase the level of education to and including grade twelve.

Due to the advancement of technology the government realized the need for their youth to have computer skills. Since, at the present time they cannot afford to expand the school, the government has rented a room where the school now conducts computer classes.

The government is acutely aware of the need for its people to be fluent in the English language since it is now acknowledged as the universal language spoken in the global market. Of-course, it is also of prime importance for the Nepali people due to the vast expansion of their tourist industry. Therefore, the management committee for the school decided to change the curriculum from Nepali taught classes to English speaking classes except for classes related to Nepali grammar lessons.

Presently the school has approximately 237 students. They have 15 staff altogether who teach from nursery to and including grade eight. The students are from different religious beliefs: Hindu, Muslin, Buddhist, etc. Almost all the students are from low income families who have come from different parts of Nepal to Kathmandu.

NNLSS strives to deliver quality education to Nepali children and to match the educational standards provided in private schools, in their country.

School management needs volunteers to teach English, Science, Math, Sports, Rhymes and Recreational Games. The staff at the school have emphasized the need for volunteers to have English as their native language in order for their students to learn the correct pronunciation of spoken English. They are also looking forward to volunteers taking an active role in the development and implementation of extra curricular activities that will provide the students not only an avenue to physical fitness but at the same time through sportsmanship promote leadership skills and the joy of learning.

The NNLSS would appreciate all volunteers regardless of their past experience even if the volunteer wishes only to teach English.

When They Were Founded

This school was established in 1947 as a public school and therefore founded and supported by the government of Nepal. Presently, they have nine board members. The president is Mr. Bir Man Pode a board member, as is the ward secretary who is always appointed by the government. Another board member is always a representative from the parent association of the school.

How Are They Funded

This school is funded by the government. All the salaries, logistics, supplies and materials are provided by the government. However, they sometime receive funds from different NGO towards school construction projects.

Donation Requests

Nepal National Lower Secondary School would appreciate donations of any kind. Some examples are:

Exercise Note Books Pencils Pens Board Markers Dust Bin Toothbrushes Toothpaste Towels Lunch for Students Materials for Plastering Classes Supples for Building a Kitchen Painting Supplies and Paint Computers Laptops Books Desks Exam Sheets Rhyme Books Rhyme DVDS Recreational Games and Materials Sports Equipment

Placement Location Information

Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal National Lower Secondary School is situated in the heart of the city. The school is in a very old four story, concrete building. The whole building is finished except for the fourth floor. They have one class running on the forth floor which has a Jink roof but no door to lock.

They have office room and staff room on the ground floor as well as separate washrooms for students and teachers.There are computers to help students study as well as white boards and board markers for teaching. There is no play ground outside of the school but there is table tennis and other games inside. Currently the staff room is being used as a kitchen since the kitchen on the forth floor is incomplete. Most of the class rooms wall have painted but the paint needs to be redone.

Transfer From BaseCamp

This organization is in walking distance from the BaseCamp house. Walk south from the center and pass through the Fresh and Easy Department Store, reaching Link Road on the other side. Take a left and walk straight for 5-7 minutes until you reach Dalko - the local major micro bus station. From there, take a left and walk straight. Take the first right and walk down, then take a left and walk straight until you see the Nepal National Lower Secondary School building.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 2km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:25

Weather in the Area

The Kathmandu Valley is located in the central region which has a mild or sub-tropical climate most of the year. Summer temperatures range from 19 to 27 degrees Celsius and winter temperatures between 2 and 20 degrees Celsius.

Usually the hottest time of the year is between April and May when the weather is very hot and humid. In June the humidity lifts as the monsoon season starts. The monsoon season occurs between June and August and is when the most rain fall happens in Nepal. During the monsoon season rain does not usually fall continuously but extremely hard for a short period of time and then it remains cloudy and cool until the next rain fall.

City/Village Description

Kathmandu is located in central Nepal and is the country's capital and largest city. The city is located in the Kathmandu Valley of the Himalayas at an elevation of approximately 1,400 meters (4,600 ft) above sea level, and is home to over one million people. Kathmandu is surrounded by four major mountains which provide a scenic view of the city. Kathmandu serves as the centre of Nepal's economy and is also a cultural hub and a gateway for travellers looking to explore the rest of the country.

In terms of religion, Kathmandu is largely Hindu with a strong Buddhist presence. Nepal recently changed from being a Hindu Kingdom with a ruling monarch to a republic. Kathmandu is full of evidence of the country's history. Kathmandu is considered to be the spiritual and cultural meeting point of Nepal.

There are two other cities located in the Kathmandu Valley: Bhaktapur and Patan which have rich architectural and cultural heritages. Both cities are accessible from Kathmandu and offer good options for day trips.

Kathmandu has the most advanced urban infrastructure in Nepal and its economy is largely dependent on tourism. Because of its rich cultural history and the fairly recent rise in tourism, the city is an interesting mix of old and new with areas of narrow cobblestone streets that feel unchanged since the middle ages mixed in with areas of congested traffic and pollution. Kathmandu is known for its ancient and intricate architecture and has numerous beautiful Hindu temples and Buddhist shrines. The streets are lined with local vendors selling their wares, local open air markets, as well as department stores which offer brand name goods.

Kathmandu became popular for tourists in the 1960's, and today has a mix of backpackers and mountain climbers who travel through the city. The city can be a shock to travellers, with its sensory overload of sights, sounds and smells.

Kathmandu serves as the administrative capital of Nepal with many different aid organizations, government offices and embassies located within its limits. There are also numerous hotels, restaurants and trekking agencies that cater to tourists and offer day trips or longer adventures. Thamel is the world famous backpackers area of the city and offers many different comforts to travellers such as internet access and western food.

Nearest Medical Clinic

CIWEC Travel Medicine Center
TEL 1: 4424111
TEL 2: 4435232

Placement Address

Nepal National Lower Secondary School

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Nepal at our BaseCamp Center in Kathmandu. Given that this placement is less than a 1 hour and 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers working here will have the option of living with us at BaseCamp or living with a host family.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Nepal. Once you have completed our application, you can let our staff know if you would prefer to live with a host family. Otherwise, your application will default to having you live with us at BaseCamp.

If you have any questions about the difference between life at BaseCamp or life with a host family in Nepal you can always give us a call or send us an email. Our contact details are listed in the footer of every page of the site.

BaseCamp Nepal

BaseCamp Nepal
BaseCamp Nepal Address

Uttam Chowk, Ekikaran Road
Ward No 16
Kathmandu, Nepal

BaseCamp Nepal Contact Details

Tel: (977) 1-438-9397
Mobile: (977) 980-314-1173

BaseCamp Nepal is located in the Naya Bazaar district of Kathmandu just a few minutes walk from the popular backpacker district of Thamel. We are situated in a beautiful four story building, with nine rooms and a capacity for almost forty guests. Each level of the house has four balconies, plus the hostel has two roof top patios. Pillows, sheets and blankets are provided.

The second and third floor of the hostel each have a spacious common area. The kitchen and large dining room are on the fourth floor. A fire pit and plenty of seating make the roof top patio a favourite gathering spot. Great for viewing the rising or setting sun, planning your next adventure or relaxing with a cup of chiyaa.

Back on the ground, there is an organic community garden in our courtyard in which interested guests are always welcome to help tend. Wireless internet access is available throughout the house, making it easy to stay in touch with friends and family back home.

The meal plan at BaseCamp is a 14 day rotation of various dishes from around Nepal. The idea behind our plan is that volunteers will familiarize themselves with local dishes and meal table etiquette before moving on to a host family. For the volunteers who stay in BaseCamp throughout their program, the meal plan offers a diverse and authentic diet.

BaseCamp Nepal is also where language training and orientation workshops take place. We have a classroom area for the more formal parts of our orientation and each day we will visit various parts of Kathmandu as volunteers become familiar with life in Nepal.

Living With a Host Family in Nepal

Living with a host family in Nepal is a fantastic way to gain a deep understanding of and appreciation for the people and customs of the country. Each home-stay will provide a bed and three meals per day for our volunteers. The majority of host families offer private rooms with only one or two volunteers living with the family.

Living with a host family can greatly enhance your performance at your placement. For one, it will have a huge influence on the speed with which you gain familiarity with the local language. This, along with your deeper understanding of cultural practices and beliefs that you are likely to gain in this environment, can go a long way to improving or strengthening your relationships with your team mates at work. Furthermore, a significant percentage of our host families are closely affiliated with the organizations with which our volunteers work. As such, even the evening meal or hanging out around the house can become valuable time during which volunteers can share their ideas and continue their support of their host organization.

All of this being said, living with a host family is not for everyone. It is very important for volunteers to honor the house rules in their host family and to be punctual. Also, depending on how remote your placement location, host families can be very rustic. Our staff in country can give you a better idea of what exactly you can expect from a host family in any particular community. However, in general, if these things sound like they might pose a challenge for you, we strongly suggest that you look at a placement within commuting distance from BaseCamp Nepal.

How the Program Works

Our program structure and costing is completely flexible which lets our volunteers ensure that they only pay for exactly the degree of support that they want.

Option 1 - Free Services

Some volunteers prefer to coordinate their own accommodation, meals and other support while overseas.

Anyone is welcome to use our volunteer placement search tool to help in finding a placement that is well suited to their interests. Once someone finds a placement that they wish to work with, they are welcome to make all the rest of their arrangmeents on their own.

As well, our team of staff overseas are often able to offer a few helpful pointers for volunteers 'doing it on their own'. Just send us an email with your questions and we will put you in touch with our team abroad. We only ask that you keep your requests fairly general, as this type of advice is exactly how our team earn their living. :)

Option 2 - Placement Support - 250 USD

Other volunteers would like assistance in selecting and confirming their placement, but they plan to manage their own accommodation and other expenses on their own.

These volunteers have the option of choosing to only have our assistance with selecting and confirming their placement. This option also includes ongoing placement support while abroad, so a volunteer would be able to ask our team for help if things at their placement were not working out.

In providing Placement Support, our team works with each volunteer through email, telephone and either Skype or Google Hangouts, to ensure that each volunteer has a clear understanding of their placement options. Our in-country staff will put together a custom list of placement options for each volunteer that they believe are the most appropriate matches with the volunteer's background, skills and interests. Then each volunteer can work with our team both in Canada and abroad to go through each of the options and narrow-down their selection.

Option 3 - Full Program Support

For most volunteers who are volunteering for less than a year, they are looking for an option that includes their accommodation, meals, airport reception, country and program orientation and placement support. This is what our Program Fees are designed for.

We are proud of how over the years we have ensured that our program fees are amoungst the most reasonable of any program in the world while we continue to provide exceptional volunteer support both at home and abroad.

Our Program Fees and listings of what these do and do not include are listed below:

Program Fees

Program Fees - Nepal

  Registration Fee
  1 Week
  2 Weeks
  3 Weeks
  4 Weeks
  5 Weeks
  6 Weeks
  7 Weeks
  8 Weeks
  Additional Weeks
All program fees are listed in US Dollars.

What is Included
  • Pre-Departure support
  • Placement consulation
  • Airport reception & transfer
  • 2 Day orientation
  • Accommodation (BaseCamp or host family)
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Emergency & placement support

What is Not Included
    Before Departure
  • International flight
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Visa costs where required
  • Work permits where required
    While Overseas
  • Daily transportation to and from placement
  • Transport to airport on departure
  • Placement fees if requried

Program Dates

Our regularly scheduled program start dates are the first Friday of each month, every month of the year. We strongly recommend beginning your program on one of these dates as this will allow you to go through our orientation alongside other international volunteers.

If you would prefer, our application will also allow you to select a custom start date for your program. Keep in mind that there is an additional fee for a custom start date which ranges from 50 to 75 USD.

Dec 03, 2021 Jan 07, 2022 Feb 04, 2022
Mar 04, 2022 Apr 01, 2022 May 06, 2022
Jun 03, 2022 Jul 01, 2022 Aug 05, 2022
Sep 02, 2022 Oct 07, 2022 Nov 04, 2022
Dec 02, 2022 Jan 06, 2023 Feb 03, 2023
Mar 03, 2023 Apr 07, 2023 May 05, 2023
Jun 02, 2023 Jul 07, 2023 Aug 04, 2023
Sep 01, 2023 Oct 06, 2023 Nov 03, 2023


These dates are the day that volunteers should plan to arrive on the ground in country. We can accommodate arrivals in-country at any time day or night on these dates.

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