My 10 day volunteer trip with RCDP Nepal started in Kathmandu. The first day it seemed very disorganized and I was very nervous about the rest of the trip. I wasn't given much info after arriving at the hostel and was shown a room and left to be on my own. A couple hours later, another volunteer helped show me around and showed me where I could get water, told me when the meal times were, etc. The next day I had a friend arrive, so we were at least together in not knowing what was going on. As we headed into the 3rd day, we were skeptical of things getting better, but headed south on a bus to Chitwan to an orphanage anyway... and I'm so glad we did.
Once in Chitwan, the coordinator there was waiting for us as soon as we got off the bus. He took us to our host families and we got settled. Our host family was so welcoming and kind! That evening we headed to the orphanage. We were very impressed with the overall condition of the orphanage and how the children's needs were met. The children were AMAZING and by far the most incredible part of the whole experience. We wanted to do something special for them, so the orphanage directors helped us arrange a trip to town for ice cream, a picnic, where we walked to town, bought food that the children typically don't get to eat, and then cooked and ate together, a trip to Chitwan National Park with the children in our host families, and allowed us to spend extra time with the kids outside of our volunteer hours when the kids weren't in school. We also go to work in the plant nursery with the kids, where they plant trees and food for themselves and the community. We got to see people from the village come pick up the tress and witnessed firsthand just how much the organization is supporting rural development in the small village. It was a wonderful experience with such kind, warm-hearted people!
When we wanted to stop through Pokhara for a night on the way back, the coordinator (Lela) arranged a bus and for someone to be waiting for us when we got off the bus to take us to the hotel. We had a smooth transition back to Kathmandu, where we stayed one more night before flying out.
Overall, I would recommend this project with this organization. We truly felt it made a difference in the lives of the children and in the developing community.