RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

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My name is Gaby Aleman; I'm from the US and I came to Sri Lanka on my gap year to volunteer abroad. I chose RCDP for its value and great locations. Coming to Sri Lanka was one of the best decisions ever. I stayed with Michael Ferreira and his family, who are an absolute joy. I felt at home immediately with their family and the other volunteers. They provided me with everything I needed, including food, tips for traveling, hospital visits when I got sick, and overall taking care of me. I've met incredible people here and Galle (the city where they live) is fantastic. All the neighbors are wonderful and working at the orphanage was one of the greatest experiences ever. It was difficult at times, but eye opening and heartwarming. Being here for three months has really changed my perspective and the way I think. I wouldn't trade this experience for the world; Sri Lanka is one of a kind and I highly recommend this family and this organization for whoever is looking to volunteer. It definitely made me more confident to do other similar things in the future. Happy traveling!

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Posted: November 30, 2014
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10
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10
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18

My name is Ross Adams. I am a 32 year old male from Australia. I spent 5 weeks volunteering through RCDP International in Galle, Sri Lanka.
I have had a completely wonderful experience, I would recommend this to everyone.
I stayed in Galle with a very friendly and kind local family. They made me feel very welcome and looked after me like I was part of the family. Michael (my host) showed me around the town and taught me about Sri Lankan history and culture. His wife Pushpa prepared delicious local food for myself and the other volunteers every day and made sure that we had everything we needed, and Michael's daughter taught me some of the local language. Sinhalese.
Each morning I waled to the local Buddhist temple where I would teach a group of young monks English. These boys are very kind and sweet and willing to learn. It was my first teaching experience, and it was very satisfying and fun to teach these boys. They also taught me a lot about their customs and beliefs. I was able to be involved in the temple ceremonies, including the large Poya Day (full moon) celebration.
All in all, I have been made to feel very, very welcome and treated so kindly by everyone here. I am sad to leave. I hope to return again soon.

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Posted: November 14, 2014
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10
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10
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10
By: rossadams
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32

I came from Japan and I joined the orphanage program in Sri Lanka. I felt a little bit hard at first, but children are very cute and adorable and it was very fun to play with them.
My host family are very kind and helpful. You can get useful advice from them. Rooms are clean and meals are good.
I enjoyed very much and got a unforgettable experiences.

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Posted: September 26, 2014
Overall:
8
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9
Value:
7
By: mina0424
Age:
32

All the people with whom I have directly worked with, including hostfamily and the teachers, were absolutely caring and kind. I felt free to ask for everything. Also when I was sick I felt like I was looked after, I appreciated it a lot.
As we were many volunteers in the house, there was always something going on, so I saw a lot of Sri Lanka already during the working period.
I was given sightseeing proposals and local prices were told as well. Since everyone is trying to make profit out of tourists I was happy about this fact.
The work in the school was often not so much work but just a cultural experience. The more volunteers there, the more difficult it is to get a structure and make good use of the well meant help from abroad. Since the teachers have to go through with their program, which is of course not only english, many people can be too much. So often we were with the children only for a few minutes per day, which might not be what you imagine as a volunteer. For me this was not negative for one second, as I really enjoyed the time with the teachers, I asked them a lot about their lives as Sri Lankan woman and therefore learned a lot. Also I liked to observe them during their lessons, even if I did not understand a word. When I was alone with them, I was suddenly able to work from the beginning to the end, so this was a nice change, now I have had both sides. I would defenitly not recommend more than four volunteers for this program, also also I think it is important to stay at least two weeks (which everyone did). I felt great appreciation from the two teachers I was with. Towards the end of my stay I also felt other teachers opening up and asking questions, as well as telling stories. The only person I did not feel appreciated by was the principal. I was not sad about this for one second, because you need to see the good things and not the bad, especially around all those warm hearted people I met. This project has been a wonderful experience for me, I learned real sharing, honest love and kindness.

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Posted: July 30, 2014
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7
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10
Value:
8
Age:
23

Namaste.. I did the volunteering program with RCDP in a orphanage in Chitwan. The transportation was well organised and the hostfamily was very nice. In the orphanage I helped the children do their homework and study for their exams. In their vacation I organised some fun activities with them. Furthermore I helped in the kitchen of the orphanage and in the plant nursery. Overall it was a good experience and the support of RCDP was good.

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Posted: May 4, 2014
Overall:
5
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8
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4
By: Santosi97
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