RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

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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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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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By: jyhc
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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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10
Age:
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
Age:
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
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8
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9
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7
By: mina0424
Age:
32

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