RCDP Nepal

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My 10 day volunteer trip with RCDP Nepal started in Kathmandu. The first day it seemed very disorganized and I was very nervous about the rest of the trip. I wasn't given much info after arriving at the hostel and was shown a room and left to be on my own. A couple hours later, another volunteer helped show me around and showed me where I could get water, told me when the meal times were, etc. The next day I had a friend arrive, so we were at least together in not knowing what was going on. As we headed into the 3rd day, we were skeptical of things getting better, but headed south on a bus to Chitwan to an orphanage anyway... and I'm so glad we did.

Once in Chitwan, the coordinator there was waiting for us as soon as we got off the bus. He took us to our host families and we got settled. Our host family was so welcoming and kind! That evening we headed to the orphanage. We were very impressed with the overall condition of the orphanage and how the children's needs were met. The children were AMAZING and by far the most incredible part of the whole experience. We wanted to do something special for them, so the orphanage directors helped us arrange a trip to town for ice cream, a picnic, where we walked to town, bought food that the children typically don't get to eat, and then cooked and ate together, a trip to Chitwan National Park with the children in our host families, and allowed us to spend extra time with the kids outside of our volunteer hours when the kids weren't in school. We also go to work in the plant nursery with the kids, where they plant trees and food for themselves and the community. We got to see people from the village come pick up the tress and witnessed firsthand just how much the organization is supporting rural development in the small village. It was a wonderful experience with such kind, warm-hearted people!

When we wanted to stop through Pokhara for a night on the way back, the coordinator (Lela) arranged a bus and for someone to be waiting for us when we got off the bus to take us to the hotel. We had a smooth transition back to Kathmandu, where we stayed one more night before flying out.

Overall, I would recommend this project with this organization. We truly felt it made a difference in the lives of the children and in the developing community.

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Posted: August 19, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
10
Age:
28

Regardless if you have only a week or can commit to a lengthier stay, your attitude and mindset will determine the impact you have on your project. I chose the orphanage. Prior to arriving, myself and another volunteer raised money and collected donated goods to bring with us. Our desire was to spend the money on the orphanage and invest into the local economy. We actively sought out ways to interact and engage with the children. We saw their needs and used the money we raised to meet as many of those needs as we could. That said, RCDP was very flexible and allowed us to use our time and resources as we saw fit. The orphanage coordinator helped us with purchases and some of the logistics. He was very supportive. However, if a volunteer comes expecting to be told what to do, how to do it, and when, they will not have as enjoyable of a time as we did. We felt very lost and like we had no direction until we actually went to the orphanage. Even then, our first day seemed a bit disjointed. It wasn't until we decided to take the initiative to plan how our time should be spent that we felt useful and began connecting with the children. So, if you're going to work with the Nepal portion of RCDP, be ready to be independent and creative with how you are used.

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Posted: August 13, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
4
Value:
10
By: LisaJ
Age:
36

The volunteer house is always filled with great positive energy. The house is clean and I sleep very well at night. The beds are super comfortable and the cold showers feel amazing in this hot weather. The food was also amazing.
I absolutely loved every one in the house hold. Every one is so loving and caring and fun. When a person is sick they make sure that you do not feel alone and is constantly at your aid. Every one eats together and we talk and dance and workout together in the evenings. They are there to talk to if you are not feeling 100% and they help you with any problems you face. In this house you will always feel safe.
The projects were fun and interesting. I was working at the maternity clinic. I didn't come with high expectations so everything I experienced exceeded everything I thought I would do. I learned so much and had the chance to try so many new things. The other workers were super friendly apart from one or two grumpy ones but apart from them every one was super nice and fun to be around. I also got to do some sex talks together with with some other volunteers, thanks to Franklin who arranged it all. In my free time I also visited the orphanage which was tiring but the children were adorable.
I am so happy I chose to come to ghana and chose this program. Words cannot describe what I feel about this place. I love every one and will miss you all. Love love love.

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Posted: August 12, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
19

The volunteering programs offered by RCDP are truly spectacular. My first volunteering trip was a year ago, when I went to Costa Rica through RCDP and worked in a coffee farm for two weeks, and it was such an awesome experience. The project was meaningful, and there was plenty of time to relax and have fun with new friends I met on the trip. I left Costa Rica feeling changed, and I'm positive that I brought changes to the coffee farm as well.

And a year later, I just finished the second volunteering program with RCDP in Chitwan, Nepal, and the experience was completely different from that of Costa Rica yet equally meaningful. The condition was tougher than I expected, but also more real, and the kids are wonderful. I will go back to the orphanage for sure, and through RCDP again.

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Posted: August 10, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
16

This was the first time I traveled abroad to volunteer, and overall, it was a great experience.
Because our flight landed quite late in Guatemala City, the in-country coordinator arranged for us a night with a host family in Guatemala City before actually taking the bus the next day to Xela, where the project was located. The service with the host family in Guatemala City was excellent. The meals were great, the shelter was also great, and the family was very welcoming.
Our host family in Xela also provided us with amazing service. They made me feel very comfortable at their house.
As for the volunteering project itself, it was a little hard at the beginning to interact with the children at the orphanage because there was no staff to guide us through our volunteer work, and also the language barrier made it more difficult. However, after a few days, we started feeling more comfortable at the orphanage. The children there were very nice to us the volunteers and they were also happy to see us.
Because the volunteering project only lasted a couple hours per day, we had time to visit Xela.
The only thing I have to reproach was the slow communication before the departure, but I still received all the information I needed in time.
I recommend RCDP-Nepal to other future volunteers!

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Posted: February 1, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
8
Age:
17

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