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.
During this expedition, a team of volunteers will participate in an incredible opportunity to understand and fight human 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. Whilst filming, Effect.org made valuable partnerships with nonprofits fighting trafficking throughout India and Nepal.
Together with Effect.org partners, you’ll meet with survivors and nonprofits focused on anti-trafficking efforts as you understand the factors behind this issue.
The team’s goal is to leverage each individual’s technical skills during a Hackathon; you’ll present ideas, form teams, and develop ideas. 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!
Travel through Kathmandu valley visiting nonprofit leaders and inspirational survivors of human trafficking. Learn about trafficking prevention, rescue and rehabilitation.
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.
Working with a team of fellow volunteers, you’ll present ideas, create tech-based solutions and develop ideas during a Hackathon. Coding, marketing, or designing - all skills are needed to make this happen!
You’ll work directly with Effect.org nonprofit partners in Nepal, who will be given grants to implement solutions and continue their invaluable work.
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.
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!
Aashima's passion for social development pushed her to pursue her Masters in Social Work. She started her career in the field of Development Sector Consulting where she worked with several Indian government bodies and ministries to undertake extensive research and strategy to improve stakeholder engagement and last mile delivery of government programs. She loves working with children and now aims to use her skill set to add value to their lives. She is an avid reader, does not go anywhere without her Kindle, and loves Zumba and power yoga.
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.
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.
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.