RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

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I have joined the one-week program offered by RCDP. We have gone to the orphanage and Senehasa Home In Galle of Sri Lanka. The coordinator has provided a lot of support to us. The home stay in coordinator's home was a good opportunity to immerse into the lives of Sri Lankan. Overall, it was a great experience.

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Posted: June 11, 2015
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9
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9
Value:
9
Age:
19

My name is Caroline and I am from Canada. I came to Sri Lanka and stayed with Michael, who has an amazing family, they were warm and welcoming. Which was a relief cause this was the first time I had ever done this and I was very nervous at first. I would strongly recommend anyone to do this. You get a chance to experience a different culture and way of life. I spent 3 weeks at the local government run orphanage. It was a life changing experience, the children were so sweet that you can't help but get emotionally attached. The local people here were always so kind to me and always smiled back when I smiled at them. I thank Michael and his family from the bottom of my heart for opening their home to me and making me feel so comfortable. They were always so helpful, kind and answered any questions I had. I will do this again and I fully recommend this or the other programs you can pick from and if you have the chance to stay with Michael's family then it will be a home away from home.

5 stars for sure!!!!!

Thank you very much Michael
Your friend Caroline

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Posted: April 1, 2015
Overall:
10
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10
Value:
10
Age:
42

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
Value:
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
Overall:
10
Support:
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
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: kwillaye
Age:
22

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