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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. Saman, 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: Spain
Posted: Jun 25, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

RCDP Nepal

I really enjoyed and would recommend the language course. Saman was a great teacher! Learning some Nepali really helped when staying with host family. The kids at the orphanage were wonderful! I loved every moment, I spend with them. I wish I had more time to give so I could live in Rampur longer and get to know the kids better. All staff in RCDP was grate.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Jun 25, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

This organization was horrible to work with. Not only did they false advertise about me being able to work at an orphanage in Quito, but they said I didn't pay when I have records that I did (and they finally confessed when I threatened to post negatively about them), they didn't give any money to the host family or the organization helper in Quito, and employees didn't communicate with each other so some were verbally aggressive towards me about the money paid. This organization scammed me out of helping orphans in Ecuador by false advertising and I had to come home early. The only good part of their work was the program organizer in Quito who set me up with the most wonderful host family in their great home. The host family was the best part - which is not what I was there for.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: Jun 24, 2015
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
2

Leave Ur Mark

I recently volunteered for 3 weeks working with women on the microfinance internship with Leave Ur Mark. I do think 3 weeks is too short to do something of this nature, but I made the most of my experience. The other interns that stayed for longer made the right decision to come for at least a month and a half. At work, my coworkers were incredible. They would all share lunch with me and I got to try a lot of new Indian curries and rice combos.

I was apprehensive at first, being an American male I did not know how the women I was helping would respond to me. But the staff at Leave UR Mark did a good job of reassuring me, and the woman running the project personally introduced me each woman I was helping to get a loan and learn new skills.

At work since I have a tech background I was able to help both my coworkers and the communities learn more about technology and how to incorporate it into business. I led a few computer classes for the women and helped give some of the women who had more sophisticated businesses some ideas about their future websites. I hope I was able to get them to think differently and enable tech into their work.

My favorite part of the Leave UR Mark experience was staying with all the other interns in the house. We all went through our ups and downs and lots of cultural shock, but it was great to come home and share funny stories with one another over our Indian dinner and make plans to travel together.

Leave Ur Mark pays a lot of attention to their interns and if anyone has a problem they take steps to fix it quickly. The housing they have for interns was beyond my expectations--we even had a swimming pool. That was really crucial in a country like India.

My advice to future interns is to go with the flow. India is not the right country to be in if you like a lot of structure. However if you are okay with letting things happen naturally you will have an incredible and memorable time.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Jun 24, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

RCDP Nepal

RCDP-Nepal gave me the experience to apply my clinical nursing skills in a resource-challenged setting. The Nepalese health system is striving to achieve better health outcomes, but there is much to be addressed at all levels. I was welcomed as a member of the local hospital and it’s community with open arms. I learned about the management of acute cases and the partnerships with external agencies, such as the Department of Health, to provide health prevention campaigns for the community. 24/7 support from the RCDP-Nepal, made me feel safe and supported. Overall, a fantastic experience

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Australia
Posted: Jun 24, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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