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Kathmandu, Nepal March 18th- 27th, 2016

Rebuild Nepal – Earthquake Relief

This 7 day expedition will focus on rebuilding post earth-earthquake Nepal. You’ll learn about the biggest issues facing Nepal, and participate in a hackathon with locals, combining your skills and great ideas 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 will participate in an incredible opportunity to build technology and help rebuild Nepal.

Effect.org and their nonprofit partners coordinated one of the largest local aid volunteer groups in Nepal, with over 500 volunteers conducting 75 missions each day, delivering lifesaving supplies to the hardest hit areas. You’ll join Effect.org and their partners as you learn about the quake and how it affected the region.

A year on from the devastation, there is still a great need for technology to help rebuild the country.
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, local engineers & entrepreneurs 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 the Kathmandu valley to rural villages in Nuwakot to work alongside families affected by the earthquake. Understand their struggles, and how the disaster changed life in Nepal.


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

Make a difference

You’ll have the chance to see, touch and understand how the earthquake affected Nepal. Working with nonprofits and applying your everyday skills, you’ll create solutions to help save 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
  • Tools & supplies

What's Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Visa
  • Vaccinations


Travel day to Kathmandu, Nepal.
Travel day to Kathmandu, Nepal.
Land in kathmandu, Nepal. Set your clocks ahead GMT +5:45. Check in hotel and eat dinner.
Induction and training program. Short and sweet! Walk to Kathmandu Durbar Square. Visit Effect.org Kathmandu Office. Walk to Patan Durbar Square.
Travel to rural villages of affected areas and interact with locals. Construct temporary schools for children. Begin construction on rain catcher for clean water.
Travel to rural village again. Finish water and shelter projects Return to Kathmandu Free time
Spend Half day at Nagrakot (Himalaya views) Hackathon begins
Hackathon Final pitches and winners are announced. Wrap up meeting.

Meet Your Expedition Leaders

Casey Allred

CEO / Founder

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 administered and created 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!


10 Expedition reviews
Jenny Gove

Casey & Nicole have done a fantastic job putting this trip toogether. The result has been a really interesting week with such a wonderful variety of activities. I loved visiting the orphanage and providing some entertainment there. I loved hearing about the issues in the area and methods people have used to tackle them. I really enjoyed getting to know all the members of our team - who were a fantastic group of people, so ready to help and support each other. This has been a fantastic way to visit Nepal, provide support, meet and bond with others, expand my understanding. An amazing time - thank you!

Romain Perrier

Loved the trip - It was eye opening, shocking, exciting, and I will keep in touch with Effect and surely come back to Nepal next year.

Jared Munyan

Thanks so much! Would love to do it again


On Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 11:56AM, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal. It lasted approximately 20 seconds, but caused catastrophic damage all across the country, reaching bordering countries including India, China, and Bangladesh. More than 12,000 houses were completely destroyed, and over 29,000 damaged or unsafe. The earthquake killed over 9,000 people and injured over 23,000 people.
Effect.org coordinated one of the largest local aid volunteer groups in Nepal with over 125 volunteers conducting 75 missions each day, delivering life saving supplies to the hardest hit areas of Nepal. When the quake hit Nepal, Effect.org leaders were on the first flight to Kathmandu, arriving within 24 hours. Quickly, they teamed up with Nepal Rises, a group of local entrepreneurs organizing relief efforts 8for those most affected. Within 8 hours of the earthquake, the group had built nepalrises.com and designed a bot (an automated internet software application) to scan social media, with software engineers working full time to continue to understand the crisis and provide life saving materials. Watch Effect.org Director Casey Allred explain the operations in a viral video posted on Facebook. Read the full story and watch Effect.org's Documentary on the destructive events here.
Almost one year after the devastating earthquake, there is a still a need for technology to help rebuild Nepal. In the four days leading up to the hackathon, team members will gain an understanding of the scope of the problem and the affected people's needs through interactive involvement with nonprofits, local leaders and lawmakers. Each member will learn hands-on about Nepal’s earthquake and how it affected the region. We will be diving into what solutions worked for Nepal and what didn’t. The team’s primary project is to leverage each individual's technical skills during a 54-hour hackathon, to come together, share ideas, form teams, build and or design products and launch your idea. Working closely with nonprofits, your ideas will create solutions to their problems. At the close of the hackathon, each team will present their idea, product or design to a panel of local professionals. The theme of the hackathon is, “How Great Technology Can Help Rebuild Nepal.” Whether you are a marketer, HR, developer or have other skills, every professional background assists in making this hackathon successful.
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 Lauri Kyser (Google).
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, by January 26th. (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 due by February 16th. 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.
Please note that the application deadline is January 19th. Please make sure you have submitted this form by then.
This is a unique opportunity to explore Nepal at a grassroots level, Effect.org is only hosting one expedition to help in relief efforts this year. You’ll have the chance to see, touch and understand how crucial the issue is in Nepal. Many have experienced displacement and seen death from this terrible tragedy. Applying your everyday skills, you’ll be able to create solutions to help save lives. 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 unique background of experience and skills. Let’s change the world together!

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