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RCDP Nepal

I recently decided to take a career break and after some serious research I stumbled across the RCDP website. Although I’d looked at numerous volunteering opportunities I decided to trust my instincts and run with RCDP. I’m pleased to be able to say that from day one both they my placement have delivered well above my expectations.
After two months and too many interesting experiences to list, I’ve had one of the most satisfying and diverse experiences of my life. I decided early on that I wanted to teach in community school out side Kathmandu and RCDP placed me in a local community school about 146 kilometres outside Kathmandu the place is Chitwan. I taught English to Grand 3,4 and 5 classes and although it was a daily challenge it has proved to be the most rewarding things that I’ve ever done. Nepalese people in general are amazingly friendly and needless to say their children are equally charming. I stayed with a local family in the village and couldn’t have wished for a better home stay! The cold showers took a bit of getting used to, but the food was great and they made me genuinely feel that I was part of the family.
As an organisation RCDP-Nepal is comprised of a dedicated team of people who really care about what they do and have real drive and direction. Nepal is a wonderful place but it has many issues that it needs volunteers to help with. Anyone that is thinking about volunteering should definitely consider working with RCDP as you will have a genuine opportunity to help improve peoples lives whilst at the same time getting a great travel/life experience yourself.!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Jul 7, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

RCDP Nepal

Correspondence pre-departure was very prompt. Although it would have been nice to have been picked up from the airport. The orientation program was fun. Saman is good teacher and sightseeing was fun. Culture program is good and the hike was beautiful. The food + accommodation and field support were all great. I really enjoyed hanging out with the crew at Kalanki and also my host family. My host family was really welcoming, the food was great and accommodation was great. I really enjoyed volunteering. Bhairab was easy to talk to and I learnt a few new things about farming and weeding. I feel that my volunteering experience and Nepali experience was enhanced by working + living with Nepali people in an isolated area. Overall I m pretty happy with my experience with RCDP and would consider coming back. Providing I have time and money again. Thanks.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Australia
Posted: Jul 7, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I had a wonderful experience from the beginning to the end with ABV in Cusco, Peru, as well as with support in the United States. I am very grateful for my experience here and wouldn’t change one thing about it. My host house truly felt like home. Everyone was kind and willing to help me in my host family and at the clinic.
The advice I received from the director was invaluable and helped me adjust to life in Cusco. While here I enjoyed going on weekend trips with other volunteers to the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca. In addition, we enjoyed taking free salsa dancing lessons arranged by the ABV coordinator and exploring Cusco.
The house I stayed in was nice. I had a room to myself and there was a shower with warm water. The meals were delicious. Peruvian food is much different than American food, but I was always able to find something that I liked.
While in Cusco and the surrounding areas I was continually surprised by how friendly everyone was, even just the people I sat next to on the bus. In the clinic everyone was very nice. They always took the time to say hi to me and ask me how I was doing.
One of the things I was nervous about was my safety in the country. After arriving my director gave me some tips to stay safe and after getting used to being in Cusco for a few days I felt just as safe here as I do in the United States. Overall I felt like everything was really well organized.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Jul 6, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

After graduating college with a degree in communications, I was still unsure of the direction I wanted to head in with my career. After talking with a friend of mine who volunteered with Projects Abroad, I just knew I had to take some time off and volunteer abroad. I contacted Projects Abroad, still unsure of what my future would hold, and they helped me sort through the details seamlessly. I was able to decide where and when I wanted to volunteer with complete flexibility, and they supported me in my choices 100% (unlike some other companies that require rigid time periods/destinations). I decided that I would volunteer in Costa Rica for one month. They soon provided me with all of my host family information and location prior to leaving, as well as dates for orientation and information booklets on the country I was going to live in.

Once I got to my new home in Costa Rica, the staff supported me from day one. On top of transporting me to my host family, introducing me to my fellow volunteers, and giving me an orientation of the program, they also took me around the city and showed me helpful locations (banks, restaurants, bus stations, etc). Also, they came to my placement with me the first day of volunteering to make sure everything was okay. Knowing that you have an organization behind you full of support and information makes the entire transition much more comfortable and enjoyable.

My host family was great and welcomed me with open arms, including me in their family traditions and get-togethers. Since I was also living with another volunteer, the two of us would spend time with our host family but also explore Costa Rica on our own. I had as much independence from the company as I wanted, knowing that I could reach out if I had questions or concerns, but also explore the country, have fun, and experience things on my own. I was able to travel the country and also create new projects at my placement (repainting chairs, etc.) I loved my experience with Projects Abroad so much, that it actually led to me teaching English and living abroad for another year and a half in other countries. I am now back home getting my Master’s in Social Work, but I owe all of my experiences and future goals to that first step I took with Projects Abroad! It really changed my life!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Jul 6, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Global Crossroad

Like many before me (looking at reviews) Global persist in adding unwanted extras without informing the customer. In my case they added insurance at $190. I have adequate insurance at a much better price. Eventually they agreed to re invoice, taking the cost off HOWEVER 6 weeks later and having several assurances that a revised invoice has been sent I am still waiting. I just know that when I get to Nepal I will be given a bill!! as others have been.

I asked for my deposit back but my e mails have been ignored.

I will now make my own way in Nepal. I have found non profit making organisations there who have been brilliant over the last week. Any one wanting info e mail rjccoop@gmail.com

Good luck

Richard

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Jul 6, 2015
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

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