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RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

I was volunteering at a school in Kibera slums, teaching English, arts and sports. It was a beneficial experience for me as a volunteer, for the host family and for the school I volunteered at. Personally, I developed my teaching and communication skills. For the host family it was beneficial to encounter different cultures in their home, and for the school - to get support. Volunteers live the African life, while exchanging intercultural experiences with the hosts. I was welcomed by the host Barnabas and his wife Millar, they made me feel like I was at home. Highly recommend it for the future volunteers, who would like to live the African way like the locals do and do their contribution for their well-being.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Kenya
Posted: Sep 25, 2016
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
10

We Volunteer Nepal

My name is Aroon. I’m 42 years old and I’m currently working in mobile company. My hobbies is traveling and helping in the world, I was travel 16 different country include Nepal such as Europe, Australia, America and Asia. I love Nepal such a beautiful country where is the amazing landscape and Himalayas.

I was never did volunteer job before, This is my first time volunteer job on the world and my first volunteer experience in Nepal was unforgettable life time experience. My decision to volunteer abroad actually is the result of an abandoned dream to live and intern in Neal over the summer. Last winter I began envisioning a plan to move across the country and intern in Nepal once in my holiday and I was read a lot off Buddhism I was impress to learn more about Buddhism.

I wanted an adventure; I worked an office job from 9-5 for most of June, and as my skin grew light and Nepal took over my daydream, I want to do something special. My passion for helping others, traveling and working with took full flame during an alternative spring break trip in March, and I decided that if I wasn’t interning in Nepal, I was going to volunteer abroad.

I was looking for volunteer organizations that are well known in Nepal. The cost of all of the program was huge. So I began searching for cheap volunteer opportunities-that’s when I found We Volunteer Nepal. The reason why I choose the We Volunteer Nepal was that I could filter my criteria and compare with different volunteer organization. Finally I was submitted the application and I can’t believe they was accept me also they was reply me within 12 hours.

The people I met were welcoming and kind, airport pickup, First day orientation class, sightseeing, accommodation and food was amazing, the landscape was breathtaking; the children are hard working, intelligent and loving. It was absolutely incredible and one of the greatest things I have ever done in my life-I cannot wait to go back and see the young monks and Monastery!

I know that a lot of volunteers, like I was when I started looking will worry about security. I felt safe volunteering through We Volunteer Nepal, without question. I would 100% recommend We Volunteer Nepal to anyone join who wants to volunteers and I will definitely use them again!

Overall my trip to Nepal for one month’s was perspective for me and I feel incredibly grateful for the life I live. It is also an amazing feeling to know that there are people all around the world with kind hearts, joyous. This was my first volunteer journey to Nepal was successful and I such make a difference with cheap trip and big impact.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Sep 25, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

We Volunteer Nepal

I traveled with purpose, and it has been one of the most significant experiences in my life!

In late April I undertook a journey to an unknown land where Buddhism and meditation are indispensable part of the
everyday life of its inhabitants.

I went to Nepal, to Kathmandu to be more exact, where I met the extremes of physical poverty and the abundance in the
connection with the Dalai Lama.

My time in Nepal was very short but it was extremly amazing. I arrived the 27th of April at 11PM and was received by the local God who unlike
ours, had at his right hand six words: “Welcome to the land of Buddha.”

I chose to make a trip to this land to achieve a connection with myself and with the nature, and also to do one of the
things I do best: educate. I applied through the platform called We Volunteer Nepal which has Community and Volunteer placement organization in Nepal.

Once the representative of We Volunteer Nepal, Bhagawan picked me up at the airport, we headed to a hostel where I stayed
for the night. The next day we went to one of the most touristic and visited places in Kathmandu the Temple Swayambhunath
or Temple of the monkeys, where primates live freely pacing by the alleys and trees where they also have pools specially
designed for them.

For the Buddhist Newars (the local Buddhists) both in its mythological history, as in their everyday religious practice,
Swayambhunath has a central position, which is probably the most sacred between places of Buddhist pilgrimage. According
to the mythology all the valley was full of water due to a huge lake, which grew by lotus. The valley became known as
Swayambhu, meaning “self- creation”. The name comes from a self- existing eternal flame (swyaṃbhu) on which Supa was built
later, a place where typically the remains of the monks and nuns Buddhist are saved.

Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple, because these sacred animals live in the north-west of the temple. They
are holy because Manjushree, the bodhisattva of wisdom and learning was building the hill where now stands the Temple of
Swayambhunath. As he was building, he was supposed to leave his hair short but he let it grow and with it lice where born
and raised. It is said that these lice have become the monkeys today.
Once I finished the tour which lasted about an hour, Bhagawan and I headed to the monastery that was located about 20
kilometers from the city and which was on top of a mountain.

We move from the center to the north of Kathmandu and the ravages of the earthquake became more evident in the buildings,
the dusty streets and some abandoned houses on each side of the street.
Once we went to the top, the atmosphere was very different. From a city full of noise and traffic, to plenty of silence
and serenity in the mountain. A group of children monks were waiting for us at the door and after a brief introduction of
the monastery Hasantra, I learned that people who lived there were only women. And that most girls were orphan from mother
and father.

My responsibility was teach English to different groups of girls. To my surprise most had an excellent oral and written
skills and knew much about the outside world which exceeded my expectations.
My days began at 6: 30 AM, breakfast to 7 AM and classes at 7: 30 AM. For the them, activities began at 5 AM with a session
of meditation and songs, then snacks, cleaning and English classes. After, more meditation doing the latter at least 5
times a day.

It was wonderful to witness this way of life, this “hidden” place in the world where they are all sisters and take care of
each other. My time finished and I was satisfied of my small contribution in the education of these girls, but I even felt
more satisfied as I feel proud to say that I have 80 sisters in the mountains blessed by the Dalai Lama and all and each
of its predecessors.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Sep 25, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Vina Volunteer Service

It’s Peter from England. I’m here with Vina Volunteer Service. It was beautiful for 2 weeks. Living with the homestay family with Ms Xuan. Living with the family allow you go out, working in the field, collect the snails, fishing, local traditional fishing, visiting the market which is really convenient . With the homestay, you can live with the family and eat with them which is really fantastic, absolutely beautiful . I lost too much weigh. Very comfortable because the woman They usually get up very early to start their work and about 10.00, 11.00 o’clock they rest. And then go back out around 2, 3 o’clocks. Very very beautiful people, very friendly, patient teaching me the language, Thai language and Vietnamese. I really recommend doing this volunteer in Vietnam organic farming project

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Vietnam
Posted: Sep 25, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Vina Volunteer Service

I really could not have asked for more from my two week trip to Vietnam for this internship. Everything was organised by Vina Volunteer Service from helping me with my visa to collecting me from the airport upon arrival which made me feel safe and relaxed about travelling to such an unfamiliar destination. The place I had chosen to visit was Mai Chau in Northern Vietnam where I was hoping to make a difference to local businesses and use my skills to help some of the members of the local community. As soon as I arrived, I was awestruck by the beauty of Mai Chau and it’s phenomenally green mountains and surroundings. Once I had found my bags, I was greeted by the friendly locals and shown to my accommodation where I was welcomed by a wonderful lady named Xuan. Every problem seemed too small for her, and Xuan insisted on making me meals and guiding me around the local area to show me the market and farm land before I began work for the day.

When I started work the next day I began getting to know the locals and what it was like living in a village like Mai Chau. Although their equipment was a little different to what I was used to, I was able to use my skills as a designer to help develop some interesting publications to promote Mai Chau and the area. Every day was a fantastic experience and the prospect of working with these people made me excited to go to work again the following day.

My work as graphic designer included designing creative blog templates, updating the Facebook page and website to entice more tourists and promote Mai Chau, and also work closely with the creative director on several marketing and sales projects that really helped me develop my skills as a graphic designer. The most exciting part of the internship was sketching and developing my own designs for a banner campaign which is now in the process of being printed. Initially I was very nervous about speaking in front of people and pitching my ideas for the campaigns but the creative director was so helpful and supportive that I have become so confident and relaxed when speaking in public about my work. Whilst we were working, I also got to hear a lot of interesting stories about the history of the White Thai people and their traditions including the origin of their group and the Vietnamese customs which I looked into a little more in depth at the local Thai museum.

My favourite experience of Mai Chau was the campfire celebrations where I witnessed the traditional ‘Xoe-Hoa’ dances and experienced authentic home cooked Thai cuisine which was some of the best food I have ever tasted. The Thai people are so warm and friendly that they made me feel like I was at home right away and an honorary member of their community. From the staff working in Mai Chau to the organisers at Vina Volunteer Service I really could find no fault in the trip they provided me with and I would absolutely recommend this internship to any designers who want to gain a unique experience that will help you stand out to prospective employers when applying for positions in the future.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Vietnam
Posted: Sep 25, 2016
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

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