Challenges Abroad offers exceptional opportunities to further your life skills and to create incredible experiences, all while helping disadvantaged communities around the world. 

Situated amidst the highest mountain range in the world, Nepal is a breathtaking country, but one that experiences many environmental management challenges. Take part in this exciting program and support communities to take local action to care for their environment.


Despite its natural beauty, much of Nepal’s natural environment has experienced degradation, much of which has been exacerbated by the 2015 April earthquake.

In Kathmandu and surrounding areas, many communities continue to struggle with waste management, particularly in earthquake affected areas where people are living in temporary shelters. Through the program, Challenges Abroad aim to support these communities to develop and implement systems that can help them deal with the issue of waste management, as well as educate people on the environmental impacts to ensure long-term change within the community and society as a whole.

On this program, you will also have the opportunity to work with partner schools to educate children through fun and engaging workshops on topics such as composting, gardening, recycling, climate change and the health impacts of pollution and appropriate waste disposal.

You can find out more about the Nepal Sustainability Challenge program by visiting the Challenges Abroad website

Eligibility and application

All applicants must meet the standard UQ Abroad Student Eligibility Criteria and any eligibility criteria set by Challenges Abroad. 

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The program fee is $1,850. More information regarding program fees can be found on the Challenges Abroad website

Applicants may also be eligible for UQ-specific funding


Accommodation is included in the program cost. For more information regarding accommodation, please see the Challenges Abroad website.

Key Dates

Application Deadlines

UQ Abroad: 30 April 2018
Host: 14 May  2018

Program Dates

Start: 30 June 2018
End: 14 July 2018

Fast Facts

Type: Community-based learning
Mode: Study abroad
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Credit: Not-for-credit
Cohort: Undergraduate, Postgraduate