$2,500 Expedition Cost

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Kathmandu, Nepal May 6th- 16th, 2016

Fight Human Trafficking

This expedition focuses on the rapidly growing issue of human trafficking in Nepal. In this 7 day expedition you’ll meet with nonprofits and survivors to learn about the issue and develop solutions. You’ll then join forces with locals in a hackathon to create tech-focused solutions.

Questions? Email us expeditions@effect.org


"I know it's cliche, but this trip changed my life."
Elyse May, Google

During this expedition, a team of volunteers from Google and Salesforce will participate in an incredible opportunity to understand and fight trafficking.
Effect.org operates schools in India which saw decreasing numbers in girls’ attendance. Upon learning they were being lost to the trafficking trade, Effect.org founder, Casey began to create a documentary exposing India’s trafficking underworld.

Together with Effect.org partners, you’ll meet with survivors and anti-trafficking nonprofits as you understand the factors behind this issue.
The team’s biggest goal is to leverage each individual’s technical skills during a hackathon; you’ll pitch ideas, form teams, and design products. Working closely with nonprofits, your ideas will create solutions to their problems.

Whether you are a marketer, HR, developer or have other skills, every professional background assists in making this hackathon successful!


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Travel through Kathmandu valley visiting nonprofit leaders and inspirational survivors of human trafficking. Learn about trafficking prevention, rescue and rehabilitation.


Working with a team of fellow volunteers, you’ll pitch ideas, create tech-based solutions and design prototypes in a 54 hour hackathon. Coder, marketer, designer, all skills are needed to make this happen.

Make a difference

You’ll have the chance to learn at a grassroots level how human trafficking affects Nepal. Working with nonprofits and applying your everyday skills, you’ll create solutions to help change lives.


You’ll work directly with Effect’s nonprofit partners in Nepal, who will be given grants to implement solutions and continue their invaluable work.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
  • All meals & Drinks (non alcoholic)
  • All in country travel
  • Pre-program fundraising support
  • In country safety training

What's Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Visa
  • Vaccinations


Depart country of origin and begin journey to Kathmandu, Nepal.
On flight to Kathmandu.
Land in Kathmandu, Nepal. Set your clocks ahead GMT +5:45. Check in hotel and eat dinner.
Induction and training program. Short and sweet, not boring:) Volunteering at nonprofit, working alongside therapists and young female trafficking survivors Walk about through Thamel Sunset at Swayambhunath, also known as Monkey Temple
Travel to rural villages of Nuwakot and interact with locals and help teach locals the dangers of human traffickers
Spend the day alongside nonprofits who care for local prostitutes in Kathmandu.
Spend day at Nagrokot taking in Himalayan views.
Hackathon begins!
Hackathon all day.
Hackathon Final pitches and winners are announced. Wrap up meeting.

Meet Your Expedition Leaders

Casey Allred

CEO Effect.org

Hailing from a small town in Idaho (USA), Casey’s love of international development began at age 19, as he lead others in life changing activities in Albania for 2 years. He started Effect.org in 2010, opening a school in rural Bihar, India. Passionate about filmmaking, he produced Stolen Innocence, a documentary exposing human trafficking. In 2015, Casey led the largest volunteer group rebuilding after the Nepal earthquake. An outdoor fanatic, Casey is happiest in the mountains and loves getting out on his bicycle.

Sandy Singh

Program Manager

Starting her career in marketing and events for corporate america, Sandy turned her attention to international development when she moved to India and scaled programs centered around Social Enterprise throughout the country. Sandy pioneered the creation of programs both helping the homeless and preventing homelessness in her hometown of Turlock, CA. Sandy has a true passion for everything India, is addicted to coffee and loves boxing, reading, and travel!


6 Expedition reviews
Raphael, Moraly

Amazing experience, full of emotions, learning, discovery and work. I couldn't expect more than that. I plan to repeat it at least twice a year. Thank you for this amazing life experience, I will never forget what I saw and felt.

Julien Grouteau

The expedition format is well adapted for making you conscious of the reality on the ground and the obstacles faced by the local actors. The fact that we lived as a group for 7 days helps when it comes to collectively look for solutions. And you get to meet amazing people (both local and your fellow expedition members), visits exotic locations and feel so inspired by your experience.

Carl Tharp

The expedition beat all my expectations. I came away from the trip feeling better educated about the current cultural, economic and geopolitical climate, and feeling satisfied that I was able to get involved and make a difference for the local organizations effect.org connected us to. As an added bonus, the group I was a part of was amazing and I'm happy to have made such close friends with such a diverse group over the short duration of the expedition.


Non-profit Effect.org has been running schools in India since 2010 and noticed a decline in the number of girls attending. Casey Allred, the founder of Effect.org was shocked to learn that many girls were being trafficked into the sex trade. He was personally disturbed by the growing epidemic and wanted the world to know the truth, teaming up with a director to create Stolen Innocence, a trafficking documentary (Releasing mid 2016). &nbsb; Human trafficking is growing rapidly as the 2nd largest criminal activity in the world, with at least 300,000 girls trafficked in India alone. With many unaware that trafficking exists, this expedition is the perfect opportunity to learn about the issue, and apply your skills to create change!
The four days leading up to the hackathon, team members will learn the scope of the problem through interactive involvement with nonprofits, local leaders and lawmakers of anti-human trafficking. Each team member will learn hands on about human trafficking in three categories: prevention, care of prostitutes and rescuing. The team's primary project is to leverage each individual's technical skills during a hackathon, to come together, share ideas, form teams, build and or design products and launch your idea. Each team will present their idea, product or design at the end to a panel of local professionals. The theme of the hackathon is, “How Great Technology Can End Human Trafficking.” Be it marketing, HR, coding or other skills, every professional background assists in making this hackathon great. Effect.org has partnered with non profits who will be joining our expedition. These non profits will outline their biggest challenges, and participants efforts during the hackathon will be dedicated to solving their problems. Non profits will be given grants from Effect.org to help implement the solution of their choosing after the expedition.
The team will be staying in a standard hotel in Kathmandu for majority of the time. Not a 5 star, but very comfortable.
The team of volunteers will be accompanied by CEO of Effect.org, Casey Allred and the program manager at Effect.org, Sandy Singh. Additionally we have trip leaders from previous expeditions from Google and Salesforce.
The program will include the following (all arranged by the Effect.org team):
  • Pre-program and fundraising support from dedicated staff members at Effect.org
  • A 9-day expedition (including 2 travel days) community development project developed in partnership with local NGOs and communities
  • A half day in-country induction program including training, safety, First Aid, communications, cultural awareness and acclimatisation, delivered in Kathmandu hotel
  • Personal development and creative sessions facilitated by the Effect project managers, including daily debriefs and activities which look at sustainability and International Development
  • Traditional Yoga will be provided every morning
  • One massage per person :)
  • A half-day cultural (fun) day
The total cost of the trip is $5,000 plus flights; however, corporate match programs means that you’ll only need to pay or fundraise 50% i.e. $2,500.
  • You can either pay yourself or fundraise. We have found from previous trips that those who fundraise usually get more involved and gain a richer experience in country.
  • You’ll need to pay $1,250 deposit to secure your place(This will also go towards your final balance)
  • Flights are not part of company's corporate giving programs. You’ll need to pay in advance for your plane tickets. Round trip tickets from SFO usually cost around $1,400 - $1,700. They need to be paid in full by February 2nd through our travel agent.
  • Balance of $1,250 is due one month before the departure of the expedition. First payment can be refunded if volunteer changes their mind 7 days after the first payment (5% processing fee). 30 days before the trip starts refunds will be given at 50%. Beyond 30 days Effect.org will not refund the expedition.
Please rest assured that the Effect.org team will give you advice and guidance on fundraising and as a team, we will each collectively plan some cool events together to raise funds together.
Your donation goes to transportation, food, lodgings, whilst in country. In addition, your money goes towards a grant we give to nonprofits we work alongside with during the expedition. These grant helps small nonprofits ensure new technology projects are implemented properly. Full break down can be seen here.
  • Safety management including casualty evacuation procedures.
  • An in-country project manager with extensive expedition experience to deliver the expedition in the field with the group.
  • In country transport, vehicle, accommodation, food, drinks (non-alcoholic) and equipment.
  • All community project costs including materials and expedition/ safety equipment.
Yes and No. We appreciate that your schedules are jam-packed, which is why we’ve condensed this experience to just one week, and we’re flying out on a Friday evening after work. Googlers have 2.5 days of volunteer time, so they’ll use only 2.5 days annual leave. Salesforce employees are given 6 days of paid Volunteer Time Off (VTO) per fiscal year.
  • You’ll need to complete a detailed (confidential) medical form
  • You’ll need to have appropriate vaccinations (*we’ll give further guidance on what to have and where to go, but you’ll need to cover the cost).
  • You’ll need to get a Visa, $25 US dollars paid at the arrival airport in Kathmandu. Each person will need two passport photos.
Yes, you’ll need to finalize your personal travel logistics by February 2nd so we can adjust your plane ticket accordingly. Just realize that you won’t be under our jurisdiction and will need to ensure your own safety and travel arrangements . We’d be happy to suggest any itineraries for your travels after the project.
We’ve received a lot of interest for this trip and expect a lot of people to apply. We choose applicants based on their passion and skillset to ensure each expedition has a diverse group of individuals. Effect Expeditions has several trips planned for 2016 across India and Nepal, covering issues including Education, Trafficking and Disaster Relief. In the event that you aren’t selected for this trip, someone from Effect.org staff will be in touch to work with your schedule and place you on an upcoming expedition.
Yes! We have taken over 50 professionals on Effect Expeditions to work on issues like Rebuilding Nepal, Fighting Human Trafficking, and Education. Email nepal2015@google.com if you’d like to chat with any of our alumni on their experience.
Please note that the application deadline is Wednesday March 9th. Please make sure you have submitted this form by then.
Kathmandu experiences dry and sunny days throughout May. You can experience a good amount of sunshine, about 8 to 9 hours a day. The average daytime temperature in March generally hovers around a pleasant 26C (79F) whereas the average minimum temperatures generally drop down to 5C (41F). The nights can get very chilly, Each person will need a rain jacket and pants and a good pair of trail shoes to make it through the trip since we will be in the elements for a few days.
This is a unique expedition to Nepal, Effect.org wanted to get a smart group of shoot-for-the-moon activists to create something incredible to help change the world. You’ll have the chance to see, touch and understand at the ground level how desperate this issue is in Nepal. Human trafficking is the world’s worst tragedy, but other countries have been successful stopping it, and so can Nepal. But they need our help. We understand how important it is to disconnect from your daily routine, and we believe this will be a great opportunity for many of you to see the world and to make a real difference using your experience and skills. Let’s change the world together!
Please reach out to us and we’ll get back to you asap. Email Sandy Singh, sandy@effect.org for anything related to the expedition.

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