ZSTa : Nepal Volunteering Construction Project


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Hafsa met Nicola whist they were both working on the volunteering programme in Nepal. Nicola was so won over by Hasfa's passions and skill in Architecture. Hafsa now will be gaining work experience in the practice during the summer months to help her on her architectural journey.

Architectural design is very much stimulated from drawing influence from all aspects of creativity and life. For my year out, following my Part I studies, I wanted to use my knowledge and abilities to do something I deem valuable and rewarding both to society and myself. For this reason in February 2016, I embarked on a volunteering trip to Nepal for a month to aid with the construction following the earthquake, which occurred there in April 2015.
In Nepal I worked on numerous projects, predominantly at HART (Himalayan Animal Rescue Trust) and at a boys home. At the boys home the small construction team and I built a timber frame greenhouse walled with recycled plastic bottles to allow the boys to grow crops for themselves. Having little electricity available meant most of the work was done manually from mixing the concrete to sawing and nailing the timber. Having the opportunity to support such positive and deserving young boys was an enriching experience both for my personal growth and also my architectural journey.
— Hafsa - Work Experience Student