RCDP Nepal

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

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I completed the one month volunteer abroad programme in Sri Lanka. During the course of this one month, I volunteered in the orphanage, elephant foundation, as well as teaching English to monks at the local temple. My week at the orphanage was an interesting experience however I found that the living conditions of the orphans was relatively poor and the matrons working at the orphanage did not seem to be very welcoming to volunteers. However, the orphanage had a separate pre-school section for older children. I found this portion to be more welcoming to volunteers.

The Millenium Elephant Foundation was an amazing experience as the programme is very personal. You get assigned your own elephant to work with alongside other volunteers. During my stay I learned a lot about the organisation and elephants in general. The staff at Millenium were very friendly, welcoming, and appreciative of volunteer help. The Foundation also allows you to develop your own projects in order to help the foundation or the local community. While volunteering at MEF, we were also given the opportunity to teach the local kids of the community. All in all, it was a very well rounded experience.

My time at the monastery was very enjoyable. The young monks aged 12-14 were very willing to learn. The classes were relatively small, my class consisted of only 3 students, allowing for effective teaching. The monastery is only 2 hours per day 5 days a week, which gives you time to get to know the city you are living in and enjoy the local culture. I would recommend both the monastery and the Elephant Foundation as places to volunteer in Sri Lanka!

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Posted: July 28, 2014
Overall:
8
Support:
7
Value:
8
By: fasomers
Age:
19

I spent two weeks in the orphanage in Galle. The language barrier and cultural differences made it difficult at times, but overall, it was an interesting and rewarding experience. We worked with the preschool aged children. They were very energetic with lots of personality. It's hard not to become attached to those kids. Michael and his family were wonderful hosts. It was great to stay in a house with so many other volunteers. Galle has lots to offer, with interesting people, beautiful beaches, and delicious food. I definitely recommend!

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Posted: July 26, 2014
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
7
By: grakee9
Age:
22

Hi There!

My name is Sam and I'm from Minnesota, USA. My girlfriend and I decided to come to Sri Lanka to do some volunteering through RCDP because they had great reviews and it was rather affordable.

Planning for the trip was quick and relatively easy. RCDP lined us up with our host family and the communication we had with them was great. Our host was Michael and his family. Michael told us exactly what we needed for our trip and had a ride pick us up at the airport. Easy, easy, easy.

Michael has a beautiful home right on the beach in Galle. The house can become a bit full with other volunteers, but if you are social and willing to meet new people this will not be an issue for you. All of the other volunteers we stayed with were very warm, funny, and outgoing.

We are provided with three meals a day. I was a bit nervous about the food at first because I have never traveled overseas, but Michael's wife is a phenomenal cook and all of the meals were plentiful and delicious.

Lot's of things to do near Michaels, and the most popular would be the beaches or the Fort. Michael does, however, have a 10pm curfew. Some see this as an issue, but most of us are very tired by 10pm so the curfew doesn't matter at all. If you want to stay out on weekends, hostels are cheap and also add to the experience.

We spent two weeks at the children's orphanage. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but it was very fun and rewarding. The kids, although they can be difficult at times, are so full of energy and life that it's impossible not to fall in love with each and every one of them. Remember, this is their culture, and it may be different from yours. Respect their rules and their way of doing things. The Teacher at the orphanage is great, but some of the assistants may come off as a little harsh to the children, but, again, they are in charge. They are definitely open to suggestions and new games/songs/ etc., so don't be afraid to speak up, but also don't be discouraged if your ideas are shot down.

Transportation is rather easy and Michael will line things up for you. The cost can add up, however, so don't be afraid to bargain. The cost of a Tuk Tuk should be right around 30-50 rupees for a mile or 1km. Bargaining is very fun, so do it! (150 rupees from the fort to michaels.)

Michael's family works very hard for all of the volunteers. It was an amazing two weeks and I highly recommend this place to everyone. We have become good friends with Michael and his family, and we will surely miss them!

Sri Lanka is amazing, go visit!

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Posted: July 26, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: pope
Age:
25

My name is Sophia, i am from Germany and i took part in a monastery project in Nepal, Kathmandu via the organisation RCDP Nepal. I stayed for 6 weeks in the project. To come to Nepal and the monastery was the best decision in my whole life. I stayed with a lovely and wonderful host family really close to the project. They are a sherpa family and take care of you with all their heart. The teaching at the monastery is every day one hour. The monastery is located at a wonderful place in Kathmandu - it is next to the famous "Monkey Temple". So you can enjoy fresh air up the hill and have a hundred monkeys around you every day. The monks you have to teach are between 5 and 13 years. They are the sweetest and funniest small boys i have ever meet. It is so much fun to teach them and play with them. They are also really thankful that you spent their time with them and give them attention. After the teaching hour i spent every day my whole day at the monastery. You can take part in the activities in the monastery like puja, meditation and so on. I also spent my time with the older monks: went for lunch, go to the movies or just chatting. They love to get in touch with foreigners. All in all i can really recommend this organisation, the project, the stay with the host family and of course the monastery and the lovely monks. If you want to make a really really special experience come to Nepal and join this wonderful project!!!! If you have any questions just ask me or RCDP Nepal, they will love to help you and answer all your questions :-)

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Posted: July 25, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: Sophia
Age:
26

My experience at the Helpless Colony Orphanage was one of the greatest and most enriching ones of my life. Located in Boudanilkantha, in the northern most part of the valley, my favorite area in Kathmandu due to its peacefulness and beauty, the residents of the orphanage home made me feel at home. Everyone is called Brother or Sister, and communication is extremely easy and enjoyable as all the children speak English and are always excited to both hear about the Western world, and share their knowledge of Nepal and its wonderful culture. The daily activities, which included helping around with homework, playing with the kids, bringing them to visit different landmarks around the valley, going out for different extra-curricular activities, were always lively and entertaining, and there is no feeling more fulfilling than the one of knowing that you are bringing a little bit of extra happiness to some children.
The colony itself is currently in the process of moving to a more comfortable home, where the volunteers will have access to their "own" space, with separate rooms offering a breathtaking view of the valley, and all the intimacy they might require during their stay. The 2 meals offered daily were always delicious and filling, and the free-time we have during the day when they children are off at school gives volunteers more than enough time to rest and roam the valley freely.
I will never forget the brothers and sisters I learned to love and respect at the Helpless Colony, and gladly recommend this project to anyone who is looking for a true experience living with Nepalis, learning with them, and simply living with them.

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Posted: July 1, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
20

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