I spent six weeks in Rampur, Chitwan, working at an orphanage. All in all, I made a great and unforgettable experience. I stayed with a local host family who lives only a few minutes away from the orphanage. The family was lovely, they let me participate in their daily life in a very welcoming and heartly way. This was a beautiful way to experience the Nepali culture and family life.
The work at the orphanage was interesting, even though the children were older than I had expected, so they didn`t need that much support from volunteers anymore. Therefore, it was sometimes hard to find out what to do there. Also, I didn`t really get any instructions by the people who are responsible for the children, so I simply had to figure out what to do by myself.
Furthermore,I often felt like a guest at the orphanage, because the time I actually spent there during the day was quite short. For that reason, it might be better to stay directly at the orphanage than with a host family to really build up a relationship with the children.
Apart from that, I really liked my project and I would recommend it to others.
All was organised really well by RCDP, there was always someone to talk to when there were any questions or problems, they really care for the volunteers and are very flexible concerning any wishes or changes of the program, and all the transportation from Kathmandu to the project etc. was organised perfectly.