Keep Walking Nepal Rebuilding Program
On April 25, 2015 Nepal was hit by 7.8-magnitude earthquake and a major aftershock with a magnitude 7.3 on Mayhe results have been heartbreaking, with 8,500 people killed and more than 19,000 injured. With respect to property, nearly 500,000 houses and about 6,000 schools were destroyed, with a further 250,000 houses damaged. In total, 8million people have been affected and almost one million children can't return to school.
Exercise level: Students are required to have a reasonable level of fitness and physical/mental resilience in order that they may fully participate in this program.
As part of the study tour experience, you will work on the realization of a portable water system for the Phungmoche Monastery and Sherpa Language Buddhist School in the Solukhumbu region of Nepal (a region that encompasses Mt Everest). Students will work approximately 3 days on this project, between 4 to 5 hours a day, alongside local Sherpa and the local carpenter to build this needed community infrastructure element. There are three assignments related to the in-country experience students will work on. The major assignment revolves around engaging with the local Sherpa people and providing solutions to aid in their rebuilding and village development efforts – Dr. Beza will discuss these assignments during the interviews with students and in class. Please note that as a part of this program students will also do some trekking in this stunning region and will participate in a range of cultural and sightseeing activities.
Prior to conducting the study tour in Nepal, a series of lectures will be given at Deakin University, including topics on working with communities and building practices in developing nations (with emphases on Nepal), reconstruction post-natural disaster and development in emerging nations and on the culture and environment of Nepal. (Appropriate tools to help with the rebuilding of the High school will be supplied and no previous experience in construction is necessary.)
Detailed program overview and itinerary.pdf
Relevant for: Students should be prepared for a medium to high level of challenge and adventure.
Project type: Practical focus on development and post-disaster reconstruction and there will be a focus on education and community engagement.
Location: Solukhumbu Region, Nepal
Unit of enrolment at Deakin: SRR767 (Built Environment Study Tour) or SRR367 (Built Environment Study Tour)
Partner to deliver this program:
Selection: Selection will be based on responses to the application questions and if necessary, a short interview with the unit chair.
Information session: TBC
Introductory briefing: TBC
Half day compulsory unit class & pre-departure session: TBC
In-country component: 20 October - 5 November 2018
Application close: 3rd of August, 2018
Nepal officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia located in the Himalaya. A Himalayan state, Nepal has a diverse geography, including fertile plains, subalpine forested hills, and eight of the world's ten tallest mountains, including Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. Kathmandu is the nation's capital and largest city.