I travelled to Pokhara in Nepal in November 2012 for a month after spending time volunteering in India. Nepal is an incredible place and so peaceful a place to unwind and loose yourself in the culture and life. I spent 3 weeks at Happy Home orphanage where there were 15 children. The children were well behaved and a pleasure to be around and made you realise how much you should appreciate family as they were such strong and inspirational children. The home was on the North Side of Fewa Lake up in the village so you really experienced Nepali village life. They had there own vegetable garden which volunteers were expected to give a helping hand in and water the plants. Volunteers were expected to wake the children up for school everyday and walk them to school and help them with their daily routines such as washing, cleaning, cooking, homework and fun evening events. I organised evening dance and drama activities where I taught them ballet and regular dance steps and fun games which the children really enjoyed. In my last week as a special treat after living with the orphans I did a yoga trek to Poon Hill which was incredible and something I will never forget, the views were breathtaking and the yoga teacher and guide couldn't do enough to help and make your trek worth while. This volunteering trip would be something not to be missed and i would advise you to do it. Volunteering in Nepal is an experience not to be missed, you really get a taste of Nepali living and you have the opportunity to make a difference to the children's lives
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I went on a 2 week volunteer trip to morocco last summer with original volunteers. I went with 2 friends and met the rest of our house group out there. I was really impressed with our accommodation and we all got on really well.
The highlight of the trip was definitely our trip to the Berber mountains- it was so much fun!
The variety of volunteering activities were brilliant, we worked in schools, orphanages and got to paint an orphanage.
The weekend activities were also brilliant an easy to book thanks to our guide- who was wonderful.
Overall I had a great time and would highly recommend it!
My first trip with Original Volunteers was in December 2012. I have just returned from my second trip in May & I am looking forward to going back in November, because I loved it so much.
I totally threw myself into the whole volunteering experience, which was both challenging, yet rewarding. The friends I met whilst staying in the Riad I have kept in touch with & we meet up in Manchester when we can. On both visits I found the team very friendly, helpful, supportive & well organised. A special mention must go to Rachid, Fatime, Adil & Amina -who keeps the basic accommodation spotless. Highlights for me include the trips to the babies orphange/hospital, street kids projects, feeding the homeless, painting the schools & helping out at various nurseries within the area. All activities were supervised by one of the team leaders from OV. When we were not volunteering there was lots of trips & opportunities to take advantage of if you were interested in seeing more of Noth Africa. I chose to take the 3 day trip to the Sahara desert, which I will remember & treasure for the rest of my life. It was amazing. The Berber Village visit was also very enjoyable. There we all took part in making Tagine, mint tea, baking bread & bringing the water up from the stream using a gorgeous fluffy donkey !! We explored the surrounding countryside & trekked across the mountains. Before I went over to Morocco I collected a variety of items to take with me, which were very much appreciated by the OV staff. I would highly recommend anyone thinking of volunteering to go with this company. My personal experience has been 100% positive & I am counting the days until I return to Riad 9.
My friend and I travelled to Morocco last August for three weeks and had one of the best experiences of our lives! We had a lot of fun fundraising for the event beforehand and when we got there we were greeted by so many friendly faces, many of which we are still in contact with now. I would definitely recommend this trip to people who have not done a lot of volunteering before and is their first trip away as you get a wide variety of volunteering options every day. For example, we went to baby orphanages, took orphans to the local swimming pool, travelled to Youth Centres, organised food bags for homeless people and a lot more. We also had the opportunity to go on a lot of trips. The highlight for me definitely being our trip to the Sahara Desert and riding a camel. The only thing I would say for this trip is that you need to be open minded and open to change as often plans change and things do not always run on time! However, if you want to experience a different culture and try out a variety of volunteering then you will really enjoy this trip!
I had an incredible time in Malawi working with tikondwe youth organisation. There was a lot of work t be done so I really felt like I was making a difference. It was such an amazing country and cheap to get around and to eat. Everyone was lovely, I made so many friends. I am planning to go back to Malawi very soon. I also spent 2 months in South Africa before I went to Malawi and worked with monkeys in International Primate Rescue. It was hard work but incredibly rewarding. Overall I think I enjoyed Malawi more because I love the country and loved teaching and loved working with people. If you get the opportunity to go to either of these places I'd say go for it! you just must remember that you are helping other people. This means that you shouldn't expect amazing living conditions, or the best food. But this wouldn't change anything, its still an incredible life changing experience.
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