RCDP Nepal

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9.2 / 10 after 147 Reviews Based on overall, support & value average ratings
Program website: http://www.rcdpnepal.org/

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I would suggest not going with any preconceived ideas, as i did. My Project was teaching English at Ripa Siddhi Sangathan Monastery just outside of Pharping, which is approximately 25mins drive into the mountains from Kathmandu.
My stay at the Monastery was not what i expected, however I believe i got more out of the project than i gave.
I went for 5 weeks but it took a couple of weeks to settle into the routine. Be prepared for very basic plain meals of rice, dhaal and one seasonal vegetable with breakfast consisting of beans and bread. The Monastery itself was approximately a 25min walk to Pharping. The area is beautiful and the local people friendly. The staff at the Monastery, as well as the young monks are Nepalese, so the language coarse at the hostel would be an advantage. Classes in English were Monday to Wednesday, which gives you four days to organize site-seeing or trips into Kathmandu, with buses leaving regularly from Pharping. Be prepared for a lot of free time. The area has lots of temples and lots of walking opportunities and Pharping has cafes with WiFi and an internet place if you don't have your own computer. Be aware that your WiFi and internet depends on power, which often went off and apparently is worse in winter.

Staying at the hostel was also a great experience. The diversity of young people from all parts of the world was great and the staff were very accommodating and helpful. Don't hesitate to ask plenty of questions, as when you get here you will have plenty more you didn't consider.
If you are interested in this project feel free to contact me for more details.

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Posted: September 27, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: karin
Age:
58

I have been in Kampala, Uganda for 1 week volunteering at an Orphanage and living with a host family.

First of all, the reason 'Support' is rated lower than the others is due to the start of our week. Although it was no bodies fault, some wires were crossed and we were still sat in a hotel in the middle of Kampala at lunch time on Monday (the day we were supposed to start) and we hadn't heard from RCDP or our host family. This was no bodies fault but I was disappointed in RCDP's reaction, or lack of one, as it is now Friday and we still haven't heard from them despite repetitive calling and emailing all of Monday morning.

However, this has been made up for by our host family who have been very supportive and welcoming, we have well and truly been part of the family this week and it will be very hard to leave.

We have been working from about 9:00-14:00 at the Orphanage each day, mainly working with infants from 0-3 months. It hasn't been all cuddles though, we have been doing a lot of general work to help the running of the Orphanage, which I have enjoyed because I feel as though I am actually being a help not a hindrance.

Once we have finished for the day we are free to do as we please, we've spent a lot of time in Kampala and our weekends at Jinja. Both amazing, busy places with great atmospheres.

Over all we have had a great week.

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Posted: August 29, 2014
Overall:
8
Support:
6
Value:
8
Age:
19

I volunteered for 3 weeks in Nepal and I really loved my stay there.I have done the cultural week program and 2 weeks in Vaishnavi Secondary School in Kirtipur, a beautiful village near Kathmandu.

I recommend to do a cultural week and/or a language course week in order to meet the other volunteers and the RCDP staff. Indeed, all the RCDP members are very kind, welcoming and listening!

During my stay in Kirtipur for my teaching project, I was in a kind host family and I really felt comfortable among them. We shared a lot of goods moments together. Moreover, I think that staying in a host family is the best way to understand the Nepali way of life and their beautiful culture.

At school, the pupils were nice and full of energy. They were about 10 per class and I worked from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with 1 hour break so I had time to visit Kirtipur or Kathmandu after school.

The only little flaw of my stay is that I had bedbugs bites but they disappeared quickly.

I recommend to do a volunteering project with RCDP Nepal and I definitely will come back for another project there!

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Posted: August 28, 2014
Overall:
8
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
23

My time with RCDP in Nepal was without doubt an extremely enriching, rewarding but also unforgettable experience. In just one month I was given the opportunity to learn about the Nepali language, the culture, stay in a host family for two weeks, travel around the country and teach English to young children. This was definitely the best way to spend my summer although I regret not being able to stay longer and making my English teaching in the school in Kathmandu more effective. My volunteering experience was above all eye-opening, as I realized how crucial and important a quality education was to children especially in a developing country such as Nepal. English is indeed internationally spoken and a good level knowledge of the language can only provide them the best opportunities in the future.
If I could give some advice to future applicants to the RCDP Nepal program, I would recommend them to come with an open mind, a positive attitude and a eagerness to experience a radically different lifestyle from theirs (and to learn how to love dal bhat!). During my time here I have met brilliant minds and the natural kindness of the Nepali people has never disappointed me. In short, I would definitely recommend RCDP, so as Nepal as a destination as I have always felt very safe and comfortable everywhere I went.
I envy the new arrivals!

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Posted: August 28, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: julicat
Age:
20

This was my first volunteer travel and I have to say was a very enriching experience. Everything about the organization to my volunteer program has changed my perspective on the world. Although it is a cliche but it's true! Not only did I have a chance to experience Nepali culture, I've also gained a lot talking to the foreigners that come and go throughout my stay. I enjoyed everything this organization had to offer from the food to the cultural weekend my volunteer program teaching English to the kids in Kathmandu. I would have liked to stayed a lot longer if I could but sadly I cannot but everything must go to an end. My month in Nepal has made a lasting impact on me and no matter how long you stay or what your project will be it will be a life changing experience.

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Posted: August 24, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: kenwuhoo
Age:
18

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