RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

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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

This was the first week of our volunteer program through South America. We came from Barcelona, Spain, and started off Costa Rica with the Parque Marino in Puntarenas. The housing is pretty basic but has everything you need, and what one should expected. Now, the food... is something else!! We were very lucky to have been appointed Sara - she is in her 60's and treats us as if we were her own children, as per her own words: "One day if my children are abroad, I'd like someone to take care of them the same way I treat you". It really is like having your second mum abroad, she does the best food and the best juices every single day, at the times you request - she also tiddies our home for us.
Regarding the week spent in the Parque Marino, it was also amazing. The colleagues there are super freindly and allowed us to participate in their daily tasks. We did all kind of chores, but I'd say the most rewarding one was to let us feed the fish, the turtles and the sharks - yes, there are sharks and we got to clean their tank, with them inside!! Once in a lifetime experience - not to worry, it is totally safe! So is the area where we're staying. There is patrolling everywhere, and people here are very nice and friendly, so we didn't feel in danger at any time, not even at night. Overall, amazing week, totally recommendable to everyone, and we're very much looking forward to next week at the Orphanage!
Nat, Simona and Steve Xx

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Posted: March 16, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: Natlama
Age:
30

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