RCDP Nepal

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My airport pickup was really good. Although my flight had a delay of 4 hours, someone was waiting for me to bring me directly to the accommodation in the hostel. The people working and living there are very friendly and open to all the volunteers. The food is delicious and we all are well fed during our time here.
The language class and culture program during the first week in Nepal is very helpful do adapt to the new circumstances and to get to know the other volunteers better. The classes were interesting and it was nice to have a break for tea in the morning, which was kindly offered by one of the women who lives in this house. The things that we learned about Nepal and the Nepali language during the first week were helpful to understand the children in the orphanages better, even if we could only speak some sentences, it created a better atmosphere with the children and is a good preparation.
It was great to have some time to explore Kathmandu in the afternoons, when there was no language classes. I really enjoyed the sightseeing tour, because we didn't only visited the temples, but learned many things about the culture, traditions and religion on this day.
The next week was the second part of the culture program. The rafting and the trip to Chitwan. Everything was well organised. We were brought to the bus and someone picked us up. The accommodation was really nice and it was an brilliant experience to see different parts of the country. Our program was fantastic, we did so many things in the short time and I really enjoyed the trip.
Before I started my project I had a Trek to Poonhill with some other volunteers. You could easily organize this trek by your own, but it is nice if someone does it for you. It was a great time.
The hostel in Kalanki is a kind of basis, were all the volunteers can meet to celebrate special festivals together, and it it always nice to come here. And if there are some problems in your project it is easy to call one of the coordinators and meet them in Kalanki, to talk about the problems and they are going to try to solve them. A really good thing is as well, that every week someone of RCDP comes to the project in the orphanages to see if everything is fine. The staff of RCDP is open to everything and you feel well minded during the whole stay in Nepal.

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Posted: March 16, 2014
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10
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10
Value:
10
Age:
19

From the moment I arrived in Nepal RCDP has proven a great organisation. I signed up for the Language and Cultural programme as well as the volunteering project. The language course was great. Fun as well as efficient. The teacher was patient and helpful with all the students trying to learn the Nepali language. The classes were fun which made learning easier. The cultural programme is definitely something I would recommend for anyone who comes to Nepal with RCDP. It emerges you without fear into Nepali life. It is a great way to learn the history and the fascinating way of a typical Nepali. Such an opportunity should not be given up. RCDP also helped organise a 5 day trek for me, which I am truly grateful for as they took they pressure off finding a reliable trekking company. They took care of all the details from the guides and porters to the necessary permits. Those 3 weeks were a great preparation then to go to my volunteering project. I am currently working in an orphanage in Lamatar. I have only been here 2 weeks but feel like I know all the staff and kids a long time. They open their home and their hearts to volunteers. I have not yet encountered any problems here and I know if I do help is always at hand whether it be from the co-ordinator or the language teacher. He has become a friend as well as a teacher to all the volunteers and is only ever a phone call away however small the issue may be. RCDP is great organisation and would 100% recommend to all and everyone I know. The work they do is amazing and other volunteering organisations could learn a thing or two from them. With the help of RCDP I know I will be returning next year!

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Posted: March 15, 2014
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10
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10
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10
Age:
28

The staff of RCDP makes its best to support you from your arrival at the airport to the end of the project. They are freindly and efficient in the organisation of your stay. In the hostel you can feel a familial atmosphere and the meals are really good. I did the 2 weeks of cultural program and I definitely recommend to do that. The first week of language course is helpfull on the project and in daily life. During the week we got a lot of information about the life in Nepal, it was really interesting. The lessons are in the morning and the afternoons are free. So you have the time to acclimatize and do sightseeing. The second week is more touristic and it's the opportunity to make unmissable activities during a stay in Nepal (rafting, Chitwan national parc) with other people and create links with them. I was on an orphanage project (Helpless Colony) in the Kathmandu valley, at 45 minutes by bus from the centre. The communication with the chairperson and finding my place in the orphanage were not so easy because half part of the children were teenagers and so fully autonomous persons. I often had the impression to be treated like a guest and had to insist to participate in the housework. During the day I had plenty of free time because they were at school. At the begining it was a bit destabilizing and didn't really feel usefull in the house but after few days of adaptation I really enjoyed my time with them. The children were full of kindness, curious about everything and discovering Nepal through their eyes was an unforgettable experience !

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Posted: March 12, 2014
Overall:
9
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10
Value:
9
By: Laured
Age:
24

The program overall was great, from the pick up, to the hostel, to the language courses and the volunteer program.

Initially, the staff does a great job helping you integrate into Nepal and Kathmandu. The language program is especially helpful as the teacher (Prakash) helps you learn the most important phrases and expressions you need to get around.

I volunteered in Pharping Monastery, which goes largely overlooked by volunteers. Teaching the monks was a lot of fun and you have a lot of flexibility to determine course work, and class syllabus. Most rewarding however, was the time you could spend "hanging out" with the monks (mostly between the ages of 8 - 16) outside of class. Most are happy to play with you and show you their lives and beliefs.

The Monastery is in a beautiful area, on top of a large hill overlooking farmlands. It's about 45 minutes outside of Kathmandu which means you have clean air, but also have easy access to go back into the city on your free time.

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Posted: March 10, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: georgeyu
Age:
28

I was volunteering in Chitawan, in the town of Rampur for five weeks. During this time I participated in orphanage work in the mornings and evenings and in the afternoons while the kids where at school I worked in the nursery. I enjoyed my time in Rampur and found the scenery beautiful and peaceful its a wonderful place filled with loving and curious people. My airport pick up was excellent, my driver was waiting for me with a sign that said my name and organization upon my arrival in Kathmandu. I spent my first two weeks in Nepal going through the language and cultural course, I found the language course very helpful in starting a foundation for which I could start learning basic Nepali, and made it easier for me to communicate with my host family upon arrival in their home. I highly recommend the second week cultural course in which you go white water rafting and see Chitawan National Park, both where equally amazing. I have enjoyed my experience so far in Nepal, and loved the people who I have had interactions with.

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Posted: March 4, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: Tori Lis
Age:
18

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