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RCDP Nepal

Wow!!! My name is Debra Valencia and people call me Ana. I am from Colombia and live in New York. I decided to join the RCDP Mini-Adventure Program and went through their web profile and found myself very much addressed with their program and enrolled myself to one of their program.

The project started with an introduction about Indian culture and language, which was really interesting. Throughout this program, I learned a lot about Indian culture. We went to visit the orphanage and It was a great experience During my volunteering period, I was involved in different activities like teaching computers and games for kids which was very challenging and rewarding for me. They made me part of their family and I learnt a lot about Indian culture from them. In the evening, we went to visit different places in the city and watched different traditional shows that are very common in streets which were very interesting.

After finishing my 8 days in the volunteering program, I was so intrigue that I joined for further 4 days mini-adventure tour. With that program we went to Agra where we spent 1 night-2 day stay where we participated in a Festival. In the same day we visited many historical places like Taj Majal, Agra Fort, Taj Festival, etc. which were splendid. The food and accommodation was excellent.
After Agra, we went to Jaipur where we spent 2 nights-three days and a wonderful time. We visited all the historical places in the town and we even were invited for dinning with an Indian family. They hosted us and gave us an unforgettable evening giving us the taste of Rajasthan and its culture. Next day we went to visit many different places such as Habba Majal, Jaintarmantar, Zoo, Museum, etc. Everything was perfect. We had fun dancing and looking at different shows that were presented specially for us which gave me a fantastic impression.

Finally, the staffs were very nice and helpful at all times. The overall experience was wonderful learning about Indian culture, their customs and life style. It has really created a good impression of RCDP Nepal and its Management skills. In future I am planning to do this program in Nepal.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Jul 1, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

AFS

Statistically, it's likely that your student will have a wonderful, memorable, formative experience. There is only a small chance that it will be otherwise. AFS is equipped to handle three scenarios well. Smooth sailing is, of course, no problem. Minor issues, stemming from cultural differences and the normal issues associated with teens, can almost always be resolved by the host family and student talking the matter through. The third scenario, in which the student is severely injured, becomes seriously ill, or commits an egregious breach of the rules (driving a car, dating) ends with the student being sent home. These cover the majority of likely situations.

In this forum are reports of rare but real scenarios which AFS, because of it's fragmented structure, or because of differences between the cultures and laws of different nations, does not handle to the satisfaction of parents. Examples posted include students being robbed, raped, or suffering severe mental stress. I add placement with an abusive host family to that list. In these situations AFS tries to fit the problem into one of the three scenarios they're comfortable with. They advise the student to talk to the family, they warn the student to behave, they threaten to terminate the exchange. In all cases they assume the student is at fault.

These are inadequate and harmful responses to these sorts of problems. As these students and parents have found, they have little or no recourse. AFS does little, probably because there is little they can do. It is not a monolith with a chain of command, at least not across international lines. It is a constellation of similar, affiliated volunteer organizations.

This is not to say that nothing can be done, just that nothing is usually done because it's difficult.

This doesn't mean AFS is off the hook though. These are our children we're trusting them with. Parents rightfully expect more than deflection and stonewalling.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Japan
Posted: Jun 30, 2015
Overall:
5
Support:
1
Value:
5

RCDP Nepal

My experience with RCDP has been excellent overall. I regret not having time to do the language course at the start as it would have been a lot nicer being able to speak some Nepali. The Royal Chitwan National park activities were really great and I strongly recommend it to any volunteers. The Elephant Bathing and jungle ride was especially fun. We were in chitwan during the Nepali festival and a part from the lights, firewood and dancing, one of the men that helped run the lodge made us a part of his family for the brother / sister ritual part of the festival which was an amazing experience. My project has been quite fun, between building some concrete flooring at a temple and helping with teaching at the orphanage. The communication between me and lila the local coordinator was a bit slack and I was unsure so what to do for some time, however with time it did improve. So I suggest that all volunteer ask as many questions as they can so that they are more aware of their situation. My project was in Rampur in the chitwan district and unfortunately I only have two weeks there. Bhirab was my host father and I really enjoyed his family’s hospitality! They really did try to integrate me as part of their family, even if the hard bed took some getting used to, along with no running water. But this eventually really made the experience for me. As I really felt I was experiencing some true Nepalese culture which unfortunately isn’t the easiest thing to discover in the more touristy areas. Surrounded by fields and only a handful of houses, mostly housing farming families Rampur was a very relaxing place to volunteers and get away from the more western influenced Nepal. if you are considering volunteering at all, feel free to send me an e-mail. There are so many other things that I don’t have the time to write. In summary, t have thoroughly enjoyed and learnt from this experience with RCDP. I recommend it to anyone interested in learning and about new cultures etc. Apart from a few breakdowns in communication I have been impressed with the running of RCDP. sujan, especially at the hostel in Kathmandu was one of the nicest people I have met. The staff at the lodge in chitwan was also incredible.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Iceland
Posted: Jun 30, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

RCDP Nepal

I had a fantastic experience in Nepal with RCDP. The language program in the first week was very useful and provides me with some basic Nepali. Which I used a lot! Volunteering at the health post was very interesting and I learned a lot about the Nepali daily life by living with the host family. I specially loved the festival! Overall I am very happy with my experience and will treasure it for the rest of my life.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Jun 30, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Green Life Volunteers

My name is Kaho Leung and I did my graduation internship at Green Life Volunteers. Janina Schan is the owner, a very helpful young woman who has a clear vision on the idea of volunteering. All of her projects are handpicked by herself to see if these projects are really sustainable by giving back to the locals & environment. This triggered me to come to Costa Rica and spend my 7 months here. My job was focused on marketing development of Green Life Volunteers on one hand and on the other hand I was doing my research on target segmentation of the volunteering industry of students volunteering abroad. I worked 5 days a week with Janina on the assignments which could be for example: posting on job platforms, contacting tour operators for a collaboration, making movies of the projects, online content management on the website etcetera. Of course, Janina helped me alot with giving advice and information but there was also free space for my own ideas on certain subjects which I really appreciated because that kept me motivated as well during this time. There was also time for fun things in the weekend for example: watching wildlife, boat tours, surfing, drinking or just having quality time with nice friends on the beach. I would really recommend Green Life Volunteers to volunteer because they have real sustainable projects with the same quality as other volunteering organizations, they are one of the cheapest in Costa Rica and I just wish Green Life Volunteers to grow in having more volunteers for Janina.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Jun 29, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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