RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

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Michael and his family were the best hosts!!!
Very caring and super delicious food!

The programme organisation though was not quite thought through since I applied for teaching at school, when they had sp[ecial work weeks so I wish someone had told me in advance!

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Posted: February 6, 2015
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10
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10
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10
Age:
25

Volunteering in Sri Lanka was great! I did two weeks teaching English to children/teenage Buddhist training monks in the morning (M-F) and spent three days a week going to the orphanage in the afternoon. (By choice). It was honestly the best experience and I truly recommend it. The monks are eager to learn, they do receive free education from the government but they come to class in the morning at their will, wanting to further their lessons in English. They are the nicest boys and I couldn't have asked for a better class for my first time teaching. The orphanage was very well run in comparison to orphanages I've volunteered at in other countries. They keep track of the volunteers, there's cribs with mattresses and for other places I've seen that is amazing in itself. Michael (the volunteer coordinator) and his family were great, his wife makes excellent tea, and does so often with a smile. The food was very good and they gave us plenty to eat. I highly recommend RCDP as the programs are well run without overpaying.

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Posted: January 22, 2015
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10
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10
Value:
10
Age:
23

I volunteered in Sri Lanka for 6 weeks teaching English to Buddhist Monks. As it was my first time traveling internationally, Sri Lanka seemed like worlds away from my home in America. My parents and I alike had considerable amount of questions, especially about the legitimacy of a program which offers such an affordable experience in so many locations. Michael Ferreira, my host was patient and worked alongside not only my family, but my university to ensure every detail was covered and every question answered. Although you can not always plan for the troubles which may arise during international travel, like missing luggage for three weeks or delayed plane, Michael is always available to help and resolve the issue day or night. As one of his volunteers, you become an extended member of his family.

The only issue that I came across during my time in Sri Lanka was the lack of volunteer hours just working with the Monks. Although on their website it describes a nearly a full day of teaching, in actuality, teaching is typically only from 8-11, maybe 12 at the latest. Depending on your intentions this can be a great thing, leaving you with the afternoon to explore surrounding Sri Lanka. Unfortunately for myself, it was a bit frustrating as I came for a part of school was required to a certain amount of hours, as the website said they ensure between the 30-40 hours a week. I would suggest volunteering in the evening at the orphanage or perhaps working at two Temples if you must fulfill more than 25 hours of volunteering a week.

I would highly recommend this program, and especially the my host family. As you may miss your family at home, you become apart of another. The volunteers were great, from all parts of the world. I have learned here as much as I have taught. It is a challenge at times, but it was such a rewarding experience. I left Sri Lanka entirely fulfilled.

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Posted: December 20, 2014
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10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: kwillaye
Age:
22

I volunteered at a local orphanage in Galle, Sri Lanka through RCDP. The volunteer program is very flexible (in what you can do within the program, how long you wish to volunteer for, and how many hours a day you wish to dedicate) . The coordinator, Michael, as well as other staff at the orphanage are used to having volunteers, and are very understanding even if you do not have any experience in working with children. Michael, the coordinator, was also my host family in Galle which made the whole experience simpler, and he was happy to give helpful advice and, in some cases, organize sightseeing across Sri Lanka in my spare time, making my time in Sri Lanka even more memorable.

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Posted: December 12, 2014
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9
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9
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8
By: honamchoi
Age:
26

My friend and I joined the one-week programme in Sri Lanka for our first overseas volunteering trip and it was great experience thanks to the local coordinator Michael, and tips from other volunteers we met during our stay. It was a rather hasty decision to join the programme but Michael helped make sure everything worked out for our flight schedules and itineraries. Wish we could have spent more time with the kids at the orphanage but it was an eye-opening experience and it surely won't be my last volunteering trip.

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Posted: December 12, 2014
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8
By: jyhc
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