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RCDP Nepal

It was very nice working in Nepal as a volunteer. We were supposed to teach the monks English in the temple but since girls are not allowed to enter the temple, we need to change our plan. After I got to know how adorable the kids in the Edify International school, we just decided to stay in the RCDP main office and give classes to the children in Edify school. It was really an unforgettable experience that I will never forget.And what I have learned in during these days will definitely benefits me in the rest of my life and always bring me joyce and memory. Thank you very much again fir giving me this opportunity. And I highly recommend you all to have this experience in your life. You will not only learn things in your volunteering but also gain precious friendship. I appreciate these days and hope to come here again. Best wishesto all of you guys.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: May 30, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

RCDP Nepal

Although i have been through some problems here, but the overview is still perfect. We decided to teach monks English for 3 weeks, but the temple does not allow female teachers to enter into it to teach. Unfortunately, one of our team members is a girl. So that we changed our project to teach students in Edify School. The students there are perfect. although some of them are a little bit naughty, but most of the students are willing to listen to us and happy to learn knowledge from us. It is quite good for me to have this experience because i have no experience for teaching,and it is good to know that how teachers are feeling and what teachers' responsibilities are. Also, I did some travelling around Pokhara and other places, not only for trekking, but also boating.
It is good to be here, to have a look different culture in Nepal, and i quite enjoy the experience here!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: May 30, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

NGO Abroad

I found Ann and NGOabroad after a period of time as a director of a not-for-profit organization which worked with other agencies to provide architectural assistance in disaster situations.

As any one who has worked in the sector knows money is a constant concern - both in what can be done and how long the organization survives.

I am an architect and what attracted me to NGOabroad was the role which Ann played which is something like an agent between me and the end clients - in this case the global charities and NGOs which Ann visits. On her frequent expeditions she gathers a portfolio of projects in need of professional assistance. This model avoids the trap of having to raise money first in order to provide the service and expertise. I see myself as an enabler for organizations to take what I have done and source the funds. Whilst the downside is that projects may never be realized my own experience is that what I provide is pivotal in getting a project off the ground.

I am now about to embark on my forth project with Ann and like the other three projects it will be different, stimulating and challenging in equal measure.

I am working with four different not-for-profits in four different countries and it is they that either have, or have the ability, to source the funds required. Although my role is ostensibly to provide architectural services this can often expand to cover advice on agriculture, business plans, landscape design, WASH, renewable energy, low cost housing, masterplanning, grant applications, etc. Each project has required a different and unique solution; a solution which is unique to the client, the country and the culture.

The opportunity to work for these clients and the privilege that it is is largely down to Ann's ability to source projects and match them to people like me with a set of skills with broad application.

I suppose it goes without saying that I have found Ann to be highly professional, prompt to communicate, truthful and most importantly a thoroughly decent person! She has a well balanced, and nuanced, ethical compass; mercifully free of any agenda and has a total avoidance of dogma, preferring direct action in the hope of long lasting and sustainable results.
Long may she continue!

Program:
Location: Worldwide
Posted: May 30, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I was in India for one month. During this month I was able to learn so much about the culture, customs, and people of this great country. IVHQ offers an orientation week that allowed me and a group of volunteers to learn more about this history of India. After the week was up, we were all off to our volunteer sites. I worked as slum teaching in New Delhi. It was an experience that I would gladly repeat again. The homestay that I was placed at was with Chandni and Mohit. These beautiful individuals made my Indian experience that much more meaningful. They welcomed me in and from day one I felt like family. I can't believe my month is already over, but I'm looking forward to returning in the future and I'd definitely do it with IVHQ.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: May 27, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I volunteered for one week in Chiang Rai, Thailand. I went in a group of four people and IVHQ did an excellent job of preparing us and supporting us throughout the trip. We signed up together, and by doing so we were able to ensure that we would be together for every part of the volunteering process. At the airport we knew someone was there to pick us up, but we had a hard time finding that person. Once we found him it went smoothly enough. He loaded us into the back of a truck and took us directly to the mirror foundation. Once we arrived there we were given a tour of the property (granted we didn't quite understand everything and had to ask quite a few questions later). We had daily meeting explaining what each group was doing and the majority of information was given out there. I volunteered with the outdoor group and we worked in rice paddies. Because it was the hot season, we would only work for a few hours before taking a long break. I felt we could've done even more work, but I'm grateful they were so worried about our well being. The work for the volunteers depends on what the local tribes request, because of that I felt the relatively small amount of work we did was extremely worthwhile and would leave a lasting impact. The weekends allowed time to tour, which was wonderful and transportation was simple to organize. We also had the opportunity to spend a night with the hill tribes in a local village. We swam in a waterfall and got to eat and sleep in a local hut. We were warned it could be remote, but we were actually quite comfortable. IVHQ did a wonderful job of communicating and providing information that allowed the trip to proceed without any bumps. The facilities were comfortable, though we were sleeping on mats. The house we were in was cleaned by volunteers and the mosquito nets were provided. Showers were in a closed off bathroom. Food was cooked by the locals, which was great. They prepared it with less spice for those of us with weaker stomachs. Overall the trip was wonderful. I do recommend taking some extra time to stay places farther away from the foundation after your volunteer opportunity.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: May 26, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
10

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