RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

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RCDP is very organized in my opinion. I had a great experience in a way that everything went as planned and although I was so far from my country I never felt alone. I always had someone to contact or a place to return and sleep.I love Hom and Pratima they are amazing people and they made my stay so great. At the orphanage I felt that the ones taking care of the kids wanted me there not so much for my help or love but for my money. They were really nice to me at all times and the kids are just amazing and soo smart. But it started to make me feel unconfortable when the owner of the orphanage started to ask me for money. Even though I had a good experience because the kids really wanted my love :)

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Posted: July 2, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: Ines
Age:
21

I am Nadja from Norway and I joined RCDP international volunteering program in Sri Lanka, Galle, at the orphanage for children.

The children at the orphanage are incredibly kind, thoughtful and beautiful. After just three days I had gotten really attached to the kids and started wondering how I would manage to leave them. During my stay I have seen their kindness close up. I have seen the oldest kids look after the younger kids. The children at the orphanage are so incredibly beautiful, and they're always smiling, which made me smile the whole time I was there.

I stayed with Michael and his family. They have been wonderful, really kind, helpful and loving. Every time I asked the family about something they did their best to help me. Michael's grandchildren even started teaching me singalese because they wanted to help me.

Michael's wife made such good food, it was incredible. The other volunteers and I started saying that all of the meals
were our favorite meal, because everything tasted so good.

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Posted: June 24, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
8
Value:
10
By: Nadja
Age:
20

I volunteered at the orphanage for 3 weeks while staying at Michael's house.
Michael and his family are all so nice and I am so grateful for them. Michael's wife has amazing cooking skills and I will miss her food a lot! The house was reasonably comfortable, and it is amazing that we can see the sea from the balcony!
Before arrival, Michael made everything so easy for me as his replies were very fast (he replied to my emails all almost within a day) and although when I felt like I was asking too many questions he was very understanding and explained everything very thoroughly.
Because I landed very late in the evening, Michael arranged a host family for me near the airport. The village around the host family there was amazing and I would recommend anyone staying there to take a walk around. Michael arranged all the transports for me and this made everything so easy and comfortable.
Upon arrival, Michael explained everything about the orphanage and Galle (this town). There were three more volunteers staying with me on my first week as well so I felt very welcomed.
The children at the orphanage range from age 0 to 5 and on my first day Michael came with me to introduce me to the nurses and to show me around the orphanage. Some nurses spoke english and I was mostly free to choose which part of the orphanage I would volunteer at. The children there are so wonderful! I got to bond with a few of them especially and it breaks my heart that I have to be leaving.
Michael told me about all the must-visit places on this town, and all of those were very close by, some of them were even within walking distance. He arranged all the tuk tuks, and when I wanted to buy some things he told me where I should go and how much I should be paying, and the things to be careful of. He even arranged a 4 day trip in the north east part of Sri Lanka, which was absolutely amazing.
Overall, I had so much fun while staying here in Galle and while on the trip! I met some amazing people here, both from in and out of the orphanage and I have learned so much. I've had the best time and I will never forget my time here. I am eternally grateful for Michael who made everything possible for me, I don't think I would have been able to get anything done without him and his advice. I will miss everything about this place and the people so much and I would 100% recommend. It was truly an eye-opening experience.

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Posted: June 22, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
19

I volunteered for 2 weeks in Kibera town, Nairobi. My project is a medical and health project working in a clinic. A lot of volunteers may be confused who will pick you up and where you stay. The coordinator from Kenya which is my host is a responsible person. He will contact you before the project started to make sure you have everything set and ready, and he is always ready to help you if there is any questions regarding the project and the country. Kenya is truly safe when you are with the local. Then the host will arrange accommodation and transport for your project unless you have special request.

Throughout my volunteer week, I really learnt a lot from the doctor and manage to see the malaria and TB cases from patients. I also experienced to do a public screening for students in the school. In the meantime, I have visited a few primary schools in this town to see their environment of study. The school will be recommended by the host for visit. These schools definitely need some support in term of foods, books and stationaries. From this 2 weeks, I have seen the culture and people living in Kibera town which is different from the Nairobi city center. This place is mainly populated by the poor living people called slum. This is something could open your eye when you have seen the reality on how these people living as compared to your home .Moreover, you could really interact with the local, tasting the local foods and learn a few Swahili words. Everyone is really friendly in this town that I really had a hard time to say goodbye to my host family and my project team.

There are also a few other projects offered in Kenya. I have seen other volunteers teaching in the school either in Nairobi or in the Machakos county. Some were doing cultural exchange in Masai mara and wildlife conversation in national parks. I was lucky that I could spend my weekend in Mitaboni, Machakos county where my host used to lived there. This is an unexplored village where you really can live in nature and livestocks. All and all I really had an amazing time in Nairobi and Mitaboni.

In terms of cost, personally I would think that the registration fee is too high for usd300. The program fee is still reasonable as stated in the website. Other expenses you might consider to cover is your phone data, cost for tour to national parks and spend on some snacks you might miss from home.

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Posted: May 22, 2017
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
8
By: singyu
Age:
26
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Posted: January 24, 2017
Overall:
8
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8
Value:
8
By: Bkroll18
Age:
24

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