RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

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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
Overall:
7
Support:
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
Support:
8
Value:
4
By: Santosi97
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My name is Daniel and I from America. My experience in Sri Lanka was very unique and I will remember it for the rest of my life. I taught English to Buddhist Monks at a temple. The class size was very small which was very positive in relation to the learning process. I met lots of great people from all over the world. I suggest this program for anyone looking to travel and volunteer at the same time. My host family was very nice and the head of the household, Michael, was extremely helpful with everything that I asked for and needed.

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Posted: April 15, 2014
Overall:
5
Support:
5
Value:
8
By: raja suta
Age:
31

I spent two weeks in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, staying with a local family, volunteering at the nearby orphanage, and taking Spanish lessons. I could not imagine a better host family. They made me feel at home from the start and were patient and helpful with my fumbling Spanish. Wonderful home cooking, a bustling household with friends and family stopping by, cool and comfortable inside even when the outdoor temps pushed 100 degrees! The neighborhood felt safe and friendly. My Spanish lessons were a short walk away, and the teacher was excellent at tailoring her instruction to each student. The local coordinator lived at the end of our block. She drove me to the orphanage each day and helped with questions or needs. Working at the orphanage was enjoyable, but also challenging. The Tias are busy with laundry, cleaning, bathing kids, changing diapers, serving meals. Volunteers help with playing, outdoor time, hugs. My first week, I was the only volunteer with about 8-10 children ages 5 and under. The second week, there were more volunteers and I was able to be with one or two children at a time. A highlight of each day was the children’s shouts of delight when I arrived and their eagerness to spend time with me. Each of the children became special to me in his or her own way. When I wasn’t at the orphanage or Spanish lessons, my host family took the trouble to include me in family time, outings to church, shopping, and the Poas Volcano. I was glad I had not pre-scheduled weekend outings, because this time with the family was very special and enjoyable.

After looking at several programs online, I chose RCDP International because they claimed that most of the fees paid go into the local community, and I do feel that is true. RCDP was less expensive than other programs, yet I was very satisfied with the support provided.

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Posted: April 2, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: Sandy
Age:
69

Since the moment we have arrived to Puntarenas, thanks to Janet and Sara it felt like our new home. The accommodation isn't 5star hotel but it's ok and we can actually have our privacy and all 3 of us are staying together. As for food, I can stress enough how good is cooking of Sara, the loveliest grandma you can imagine. She's not only taking care of all the cooking for us but also tidying up our place everyday and making it especially cozy and feeling absolutely like her own children.
On Monday we started with the Parque Marino and as a first task they already let us clearing the shark tank. Amazing!!!! The staff is so professional and you feel so safe with them u don't even mind cleaning the tank with the crocodile sitting right next to you. All the task and chores is the park where so enjoyable and you really feel like "behind the scenes". Andres, Martin and Cynthia are amazing and working there for the week was so much fun!

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Posted: March 21, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
10
Age:
25

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