RCDP Nepal

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Program website: http://www.rcdpnepal.org/

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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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Posted: March 19, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
39

RCDP was absolutely wonderful! I spent two weeks teaching English to Buddhist monks in the Himalayas and then did a trek. The support staff in Kathmandu is extremely competent and put me at ease immediately. When I was in my project most of the monks were gone on a Pilgrimage, so there wasn't actually that much teaching to do. However, it was still very worth it for me to get a window into the monks' life as well as Sherpa culture. There is also a school in the town with the sweetest kids who really benefit from native English speakers (the teacher has quite the accent). For those without teaching experience (like me) the school is probably an easier place to start than the monastery, where there is no structure or other teachers.

I got to join in the Sherpas' Losar (New Year) celebration and witness all the traditional dances and foods. I stayed in a trekker's inn so I had the opportunity to meet other travelers who stopped for lunch, but rarely did anyone else stay there. This allowed for a real bond to develop with my host mom. Overall the program allowed me to experience Nepal and learn about its culture and famous hospitality in a completely unique way. It was a completely different vibe and relationship from staying in inns while trekking. Absolutely volunteer through RCDP for the trip of a lifetime!

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Posted: February 26, 2016
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
8
By: sashalnd
Age:
19

GOT ROBBED FROM MY ORGANISATION IN KENYA!
read this!!!!!!
This was my secound volunteering, after a great experience last year in India with iSPiiCE now a bad one with RCDP in Kenya.
The preorganisation with RCDP Nepal was good, everything went as requested and i was very excited about my volunteering!
but than the BIG LIE for doing the "most affodable Volunteering"! Its true that the starting cost are low .... but when you are there they try so suck the money out of you!
First the transport cost of the organisation are huge! 50$ for airport pick up - half an houre drive - one way!!! and 75$ to be grought to the projekt in maasailand - one way of course! i payed 250$ for 4 transportations!!! ok you can see it as a donation .....
But than the BIG ROBBERY!!
they organised a safari for me and asked me 600$ garantee the best price because they have sooo good connections!!! At the safari i learnd that i was paying doubble than everybody else (7 people) 300-320$ for the very same tour! A regular price would be like 350$ because 140$ is just entrance at maasai mara and 160$ so for journey and stay! Whey i complained to Barnabas (head organisator) he just said the difference would be for organising and didnt refund me!!! SUCh A BIG RUBBERY i m sooo endless disappointed!!!
But doiing volunteering is a great thing!!!! i can just reccomend to everybody but pay attention with your organisation especcially with RCDP Kenya!

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Posted: February 5, 2016
Overall:
5
Support:
5
Value:
3
By: Philipp
Age:
36

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Dear Volunteer We are really sorry to read it. First of all we apologize for all inconveniences. But we feel, we need to explain the truth. 1. RCDP runs world’s most affordable volunteer program. Our Kenya fee starts $85 + registration ($269). If you can find any organizations cheaper than us than lets us know pls. 2. We are not only cheapest but are the most honest/transparent because you pay your fee directly to coordinator. so you know where your money is going. 3. Also, for the safari and taxi, we pay this money to them directly. If you need proof please send us email. You may get cheaper safari with non registered company or as a last minute deals. But, we run safari with registered and reputed safari company. So, If you can find cheaper safari from reputed company, kindly notify us. So we can contact them and offer to future volunteers. 4. RCDP has been running world's best and cheapest program to help people like you. not t make money. This truth is clear if you just do little internet search. This is why nearly 1000 volunteers trust every year. Many thanks for trusting us once more.

It was a really valuable experience working as a volunteer in an orphanage in Nepal. There are 20 orphans in "Helpless Colony" which locates in Pasikot, Kathmandu. During the day, we spent time on an infertile grassland under sunshine, playing volleyball and football with a badly broken ball, and also different physical games with just one rope. As soon as I got to the house, they all gave me the warmest hugs and yelled "HELLO SISTER!". That is the best moment that I feel so overwhelmed by their love. Every tiny moments in the orphanage when staying with the kids were so memorable. And I was truly touched by their positive attitude towards life though they all had experienced the most terrible tragedy, the earthquake five months ago. Kids there are so tough and independent and caring to take care of their brothers and sisters. Compared to the children in developed countries like those in Hong Kong, they are all learning-lovers, having great passion and great willingness to study instead of those being forced by parents in my city. After all, I gained too much and I really appreciate them. At the same time, I am so proud to be treated as a 'sister' just like a real family during the time.
Saying RCDP, the staff offered options with high flexibility for volunteers to decide the project starting date and many other details. They are all helpful and friendly Nepali, also provide good service to volunteers. However the program fee is a bit too expensive.

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Posted: January 20, 2016
Overall:
7
Support:
7
Value:
8
Age:
22

I really liked this program. Not only was I able to meet kids my age and help them, I also got to make friends and through them, I've learned a lot about Nepal. Because the country's terrain, weather, people, customs, traditions, and culture are very different from what I grew up with, it was interesting for me to not only volunteer, but also sightsee, and Nepal has many beautiful scenic places that are very unique. The trip was mutually beneficial, as not only were my dad and I able to help kids at the orphanage, we were also able obtain self-healing as well, as I felt as if the stress of our everyday lives had melted away in the slow and tranquil rural village. I would recommend this program to all who want to go outside their comfort zone and experience a very different lifestyle and gain an eye-opening experience.

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Posted: January 8, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: Shauna
Age:
16

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