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  • Locations: Junbesi, Nepal; Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Program Terms: Trimester 3
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Trimester 3 2018 03/08/2018 ** Rolling Admission 20/10/2018 05/11/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Deakin Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Education, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments Program Type: Faculty Led Study Tour
Language of Instruction: English Credit Weighting: 1 Credit Point
Credit Type: Postgraduate, Undergraduate OS Help Available: Yes
GCP Points: 30
Program Description:


Keep Walking Nepal 1

Keep Walking Nepal Rebuilding Program

Keep Walking Nepal

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.

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

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. 
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



Students participating in the study tour will enrol in either the postgraduate SRR767 Built Environment Study Tour or SRR367 - Built Environment Study Tour unit, respectively. Faculty of Science and the Built Environment are eligible along with students from the Faculty of Arts & Education students in relevant fields such as International Studies, International Development or Humanitarian Assistance may also apply.  Students outside of these Faculties may approach Dr. Beza ( on a case by case basis.


Cost and Funding

cost and funding
Cost: $3550 AUD TBC

Deposit due before: $200 at time of acceptance to the program

Final payment due date: Friday, 7th of September, 2018

Program fee includes: 
  • Airport pick up and drop offs by private vehicle as per the itinerary 
  • Accommodation in hotel at Kathmandu, including breakfast on twin sharing
  • Half day sight-seeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Domestic round trip flight from Kathmandu –Phaplu / Phaplu-Kathmandu
  • Accommodation during the trek on twin sharing basis in tent
  • All Meals (i.e. breakfast, lunch & dinner while trekking when not in Kathmandu)
  • Dinner day 1 and day 15 included in Kathmandu
  • Highly experienced local trek leader, Sherpa porters and kitchen helpers
  • All food will be prepared by our own cook
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) permit fees
  • Sagarmatha (i.e. Mt Everest) National Park entrance permit and fees
  • Use of and access to a First Aid medical kit by trained and certified staff (if you require first aid assistance)
  • A trained medical doctor to accompany the study tour when in-field/the Junbesi Valley.
  • Rebuilding project & associated costs for three day of rebuilding at the Phungmoche Monastery and Sherpa Language Buddhist School
  • On site study tour community engagement and educational activate

The fee does not include:
  • University tuition
  • International airfares 
  • Nepal entry visa fee (~$AUD40)
  • Vaccinations.
  • Taxis ($AUD20).
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, and internet.
  • Tips (should be based on your budget. Consider $US4-5 a day as an estimate BUT this is not mandatory).
OS-HELP loan
Overseas Student HELP loans (OS-HELP) are provided by the Commonwealth government to eligible HECS-HELP students undertaking various international experiences for credit. This loan is added to your HELP debt and can be up to $7,998.
The following link will provide more information on the OS-Help

Youth Allowance and Austudy
If you are currently receiving Youth Allowance or Austudy you can continue to receive payments while studying overseas as long you have a full-time study load for the year. The following link will provide more information on the Youth Allowance or Austudy.

Location Profile

Location Profile

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.

Important Notes

Important Information
  • Places in this program are limited to 15 students in total. Selection will be based on those first to complete a full application.
  • Travel insurance is provided by Deakin for the length of the program, students travelling more than 10 days beyond the program dates will need to pay for additional coverage.
  • The OS Help loan can take up to 4 weeks to process so payments deadlines must be met regardless of the status of your loan.
  • All students outside of Science, Engineering and Built Environment must seek permission from their home Faculty to enrol.
  • Students are reminded to apply for Deakin Travel Insurance as soon as they have been accepted into the program to cover any unexpected withdrawals or costs that are incurred as refunds may not be available

Cancellation Policy
  • Before date of deposit: No cancellation fees apply
  • After the date of deposit and prior to final payment: Deposit amount is forfeited
  • After final payment and prior to departure: All payments made are non-refundable
  • After final payment and after travel commenced: All payments made are non-refundable 

Global Citizenship Program
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