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TRAVEL WITH EDGE OF SEVEN — October 21 – Nov 3, 2018 (14 days in country)

It’s okay if the classic ‘service trips’ aren’t your thing. Us either. We believe that service learning is important, but so is sustainability of our projects, community ownership, and becoming a Global Citizen. So, you can still travel this fall and have a global impact at the same time by joining us for a Donor Trip through Edge of Seven. This is a once-in-a-lifetime Nepal experience that builds perspective and knowledge of the amazing people and places where we work. We are coordinating this amazing experience with Binod Subedi (our Nepali team leader — email Binod at erin@edgeofseven.org) for individuals who pledge to raise or donate $1,500 or more to support our projects in the field and are committed to becoming global citizens.

Donor Trips (below or PDF Overview)

Our next trip leaves in October 2018 and the itinerary is available! Email us at erin@edgeofseven.org board@edgeofseven.org today to get any questions you have answered.

Commit by August 15 to ensure your space – $1000 of your $1500 donation secures your space (Your full $1500 donation goes to our projects in the field.) Trip details will include:

  • Travel packet: Full listing of the info you’ll need. For example you would need to depart 1-3 days prior to the “start date” depending on where you are traveling from.
  • Trip itinerary: Day by day look at where we’ll go and the planned accommodations.
  • Financial details (deposit of $1500 – a donation to Edge of Seven (which is donated fully to our projects) – Minimum of $1000 due to hold your spot). Ground costs: $1700. Airfare is up to you but usually runs between $1200 – $1900. Using your miles may reduce this cost).
  • Application form: A simple overview form so we know who you are, what kind of trip you’re looking for and your needs.
  • Trip leader overview: A one page overview of the staff you’ll have on the trip. This is a guided expedition with Nepali Staff who are professional guides and also project managers of the development work that we do.

Overview:

Edge of Seven is going back to Nepal. Will you come with us?

Eo7 is dedicated to our project work on the ground and the barriers that we break down for girls in their educational lives. This leads girls onto a path of greater attendance, matriculation, graduation and continued education. Whether girls continue their education, or stay near their families, whether they get jobs in the city or marry into a family in a rural location, we know that over time, getting an education is important…

It leads to:

  1. Girls have a higher chance of …
  2. Girls are better protected from…
  3. Communities where girls are getting an education are….

So we’re taking some of our best supporters to Nepal to see the work that we’re doing. In addition we’re learning about Nepal, the culture, international development work, and service. This multi-disciplinary trip is intended to make us all better donors and stewards of the work that we share with our partner communities on the ground.

We would love it if you would join us for these great dates –

  1. October 21 – November 03, 2018 (alternate 10-day option available) (the main trip is 14 days on the ground)
  2. March 22-April 4, 2019 (alternate 10-day option available)

Some of the experiences we’ll have:

  • Trekking in the Solukhumbu (Everest) region of Nepal
  • Trekking through high mountain villages above 10,000’
  • Exploring and hiking through our Project areas below 6,000’
  • Visiting schools where we’re rebuilding classrooms
  • Home stays and/or Camping
  • Interacting with community collaborators and committees
  • Interacting with partner organizations
  • Views of the Himalaya including Everest, Numbar, Mera and other peaks
  • Work on a service project for ½ to 1 ½ days (depending on itinerary choice)
  • Mani rimdu celebration – full-moon Sherpa festival* (fall trips only)
  • Overnight at a monastery*
  • Viewing a Buddhist prayer ceremony*

Some of the places we’ll visit:

  • Salleri
  • Phaplu
  • Nele Bazaar
  • Mukli
  • Deusa
  • Taksindu
  • Chiwang Monastery
  • Kathmandu
  • Paten
  • Thamel

 

Some of the things we may learn:

  • Systems thinking in international development
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Political systems and history in Nepal
  • Caste and religious systems
  • Geography and geology of Nepal
  • A deeper understanding of how rural Nepalis live their lives
  • The challenges confronting girls and getting an education

Fundamentally this donor trip is like nothing else you may find on your own.

  • This is not a trek.
  • This is not a trip.
  • This is not “course”
  • This is not just hiking around.
  • This isn’t about voluntourism

What it is –

  • This is learning service
  • We hope to all become better global citizens
  • This is intended to demonstrate a connection between Eo7 principles, systems thinking and the organizational on-the-ground outcomes
  • This is a chance to be in a community and understand it better – to know what our effect is

What makes this unique is that while it looks like a trek it is a skillfully crafted balance of fun, adventure, learning, experience, reflection, and intention to give a wider picture on the relationships between donors, nonprofits and the communities that they serve. It is our hope that this experience creates genuine, impactful outcomes by following some simple rules –

  1.     engage when & where you can
  2.     enjoy every aspect of what you’re doing
  3.     challenge yourself
  4.     reflect
  5.     give

Draft Itinerary: 2018 Edge of Seven Donor Trip

PDF Overview

Contact: board@edgeofseven.org or erin@edgeofseven.org