Paul Pholeros Foundation Fellowship

A Paul Pholeros Foundation Fellowship is a life changing opportunity to experience working on a sanitation project in another country while using your skills and knowledge to upskill local tradespeople.  It is offered once a year to an Australian team of a plumber and architectural graduate. The project will vary from year to year and will include toilet block constructions, village and health post sanitation assessments and evaluations, and upgrading and improvement of existing facilities.

The PPF team from Australia:

  • shares skills and knowledge through real work on a real project
  • learns about conditions in poor villages, and what can be done to help raise standards
  • develops their own skills and knowledge base through working as a team with Nepalese people
  • experiences another culture in a very spectacular country
  • develops friendships and ongoing relationships with the Nepali team.

In 2019 the team consisted of a plumber and media coordinator who worked on the construction of a community toilet block in a holy Buddhist site. The plumber worked alongside the Nepali plumbing and construction team and the media coordinator recorded the works, along with explanations of the various plumbing techniques.

Application and Selection

The PPF Fellowship 2020 and 2021 teams have been cancelled due to the COVID pandemic.

Once we resume the Fellowship it will be offered to a plumber and an architectural graduate to work in Nepal for one month.

The plumber will work with local tradespeople to install plumbing infrastructure and will share skills and techniques with them. The architect will have input into construction and design processes as needed, and will document the works to produce materials that can be used for future skills training, as well as in community information programs.

The materials will develop over time to include plumbing procedures, infrastructure design, hygiene training for village families and community staff, and information on village sanitation conditions to inform local health professionals.

The PPF team candidates will:

  • have at least 2 years post qualification experience
  • have good communication skills
  • have previous experience in working with different cultural or special groups
  • demonstrate previous experience in working with teams
  • be available to work for one month in Nepal in October 2020

The PPF team will:

  • identify needs and requirements for hands-on plumbing installation
  • inform design and planning work from a plumbing and construction perspective
  • share skills and knowledge with local Nepali counterparts
  • document the works to contribute to a training/information package – a visually based learning resource for local plumbers, villagers, health personnel

The PPF will provide:

  • return airfares to Nepal
  • costs of visas and vaccinations
  • local accommodation and meals
  • a daily allowance and local transport costs
  • support by a local coordinator in Nepal
  • tools and equipment

If you are interested to join a PPF team, please go to PPF Team Registration or Contact the PPF for further information.

Feedback from the PPF 2019 team

When the hard, physical work was done, and we started the more technical work, it was extremely enjoyable being able to pass on knowledge to willing “students”. Watching their enjoyment as they put their new skills into practice was really rewarding. This shows how valuable hands-on training can be. The same can be said for how great it felt when we learned something in return. I loved the challenge and would go back in a heartbeat.”   Aidan Ward, Plumber 

This was an incredibly humbling and enlightening experience for me as I not only learned new skills to benefit my career but was also exposed to an entirely new world with a deep rich culture, magnificent scenery and a generous heart that is shown in each and every one of the villagers faces. I feel truly privileged to have been given these experiences which will stay with me for the rest of my life.”  Marcus Gleeson, Media Coordinator