Volunteering through the conservation program in Chitwan area was a very enriching experience. We stayed at a welcoming family and learnt a lot from their culture and way of life. Working at the plant nursery brought us some knowledge about eco-agriculture. We had the chance to go to Sauraha national park which is about 30 km away from Rampur area. We had no particular problem with food. Almost everything we needed was already paid or provided by the organization. Usually people are happy to help when you are in need (when they speak English). Landscapes are wonderful, especially at sunset. We spent the last 2 days in Katmandu. There are many things to explore in that city. I highly recommend to ask for famous monuments and districts.
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I did my project for 3 weeks in the south of Nepal, in Chitwan. I was with a friend of mine and we were sharing a room in a family. The family was very welcoming and as we were with the manager of the project, the whole family was speaking English very well so communication was pretty easy. Concercing the work, we were working on a field for the conservation project and we were seeding trees and some vegetable to distribute to the local community. I found the project very fulfilling and I really felt like it was useful.
RCDP Nepal is one of the few organization which give all the money in Nepal and so we know our money will help the locals, not like many other company where money don't even leave the US.
I loved being here! the people of RCDP are so warm, supportive and very inclusive. Volunteering in the hospital as a third year nursing student was a bit of a culture shock but a huge learning experience.
As I stayed at the hostel in Kalanki I spent a lot of time with my host people and they are amazing! Pratima and Hom, who are the main support people here, are amazing!!! they looked after me when I had some travel tummy sickness, and then again when i had to change my travel arrangements. The ladies that run the hostel and cook for everyone are delightful and I feel like I have made a second family here.! I am leaving for home today, and while I am excited to go home, I am sad to be leaving this wonderful place.
I cant speak highly enough of the organisation. It seems a little vague at first when you get here but you are soon made at ease and everything is well explained.
Meeting the other volunteers that come thru here with the various programs is very cool, and I made some wonderful friends.
I would definitely recommend this program to everyone, first time and experienced travellers... you are taken care of and welcomed with love and care.
Its a bit of a culture shock that there are 8 hours of electricity outages most days, but everyone here takes it in their stride and you quickly learn to recharge your phone when the power is on!! lol
in summary, coming here was the experience of a lifetime!
thank you to everyone!
Great support: very kind and prompt. Well organized. My host family took great care of me and my project was in a beautiful area near a culturally important site (famous temple), with lots of shops and restaurants nearby. Very peaceful time. I would say that the orphanage project is for those that are eager to get involved with the care of young ones and are self-starters when it comes to work and play. Nepal is a wonderful country. Extremely safe. For westerners, everything is exceedingly affordable - even more so for Europeans and those from the UK.
I spent a week volunteering in an orphanage near Galle.
RCDP were a great organisation to arrange the volunteering through. The support from the main office and on the ground in Sri Lanka has been fantastic. Great information to prepare for the experience and wonderful day-to-day support once here.
Overall RCDP offers a great value and fully supported volunteering experience.
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