RCDP Nepal

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Program website: http://www.rcdpnepal.org/

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So far, my experience with RCDP has been great! The hostel is a wonderful place to stay and I have gotten to know the other volunteers as well as the RCDP staff very well. Everyone is so friendly and helpful and I would recommend this program to anyone looking for an adventure with some volunteer work included. The staff at RCDP care about the participants and want to ensure that each person has a good experience. I would recommend taking the week long language program, it has been enriching as well as informative. We explored important temples in Kathmandu as well as learned the basics of Nepaliese language. I am so happy to be in Nepal and RCDP has definitely made me feel this way!

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Posted: June 15, 2012
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: cezgraham
Age:
20

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Just finished the volunteer portion of my experience and it was amazing. The home we stayed at while teaching in the Khumbu region was absolutely wonderful. I feel as though I have a lifelong home there. The teaching was difficult at times but definitely a rewarding and good experience. I would still highly recommend this program if you want an amazing volunteer experience!!!

Up to now, RCDP Nepal was a great experience, from the airport pick-up to the food and accomodation, everything was well organized. The staff prsent at the hostel are very pleasant and kind, It feels like home away from home in a way.

. The Nepali food served there is excellent, it exceeded my hopes. All the others volunteers are very cool and the overall energy is excellent.

The whole orgnization of my program by Hom, the coordinator, went perfectly. My emails were answered under 24 hours and always in aMy airport pick-up went very smoothly as well as the drive to the hostel polite and professional manner. I just finished the first week, an orientation and language week. The nepali classes given are fun and interesting, The whole goal is to learn how to manage yourself in some basic Nepali for when you go into your project afterwards. We also went sightseeing different temples, all was well-organized and very interesting. Our transportation was also excellent.

Up to now everything has been going smoothly and Im looking forward to my project! I strongly reccomand RCDP Nepal!

Charles-Alexis Desgagnes

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Posted: June 15, 2012
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9
Age:
22

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Edited version* Up to now, RCDP Nepal was a great experience, from the airport pick-up to the food and accomodation, everything was well organized. The staff prsent at the hostel are very pleasant and kind, It feels like home away from home in a way. . The Nepali food served there is excellent, it exceeded my hopes. All the others volunteers are very cool and the overall energy is excellent. The whole orgnization of my program by Hom, the coordinator, went perfectly. My emails were answered under 24 hours and always in a polite and professional manner. My airport pick-up went very smoothly as well as the drive to the hostel. I just finished the first week, an orientation and language week. The nepali classes given are fun and interesting, The whole goal is to learn how to manage yourself in some basic Nepali for when you go into your project afterwards. We also went sightseeing different temples, all was well-organized and very interesting. Our transportation was also excellent. Up to now everything has been going smoothly and Im looking forward to my project! I strongly reccomand RCDP Nepal! Charles-Alexis Desgagnes

All in all a wonderful organisation. From the first day you could really take charge of your own experience in the way that if you were confident you could be posted in far out places, with little or no contact with the organisation. Or if less confident you could be posted near by to the RCDP Head quarters and hostel, and get regular visitations from the organisers. I attended a 2 week course at the commencement of my volunteering where I learnt essential language and cultural history in Nepal. The RCDP driver is only ever a call away as well, for if something goes wrong, such as illness. A great sense of security whilst not being over bearing.

Loved the experience.

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Posted: June 14, 2012
Overall:
8
Support:
9
Value:
8
Age:
18

Through RCDP Nepal, I am volunjteering at Ashna OPrphanage, in Lamatar, Lalitpur. It is an hour from Kathmandu, 40 minutes from Patan. Because the orphanage is outside of the capitol, the air is cleaner and a little cooler, which pays off greatly in the hot season. The orphanage is on a hill and has a beautiful view of the city and spectacular sunsets every night. The orphanage is slightly isolated in a small town (I'd call it a village) and you have to walk 45 minutes or take a 20 minute bus to Lubhu to get internet and go to a supermarket. Lamatar has a few restaurants and small shops for snacks and fruit only 10 minute walk from the orphanage.
There are 19 kids currently at the orphanage, ranging from age 5 to 18. There are 12 boys and 7 girls. They are enthusiastiic, very studious, and responsible. They help cook, clean, wash clothes, and garden and spend an average of 5 hours a day on schoolwork. The volunteer coordinator, Sagar, lives on location. Hom Ojha, the RCDP Nepal coordinator is very responsible and helpful. He responds quickly to any questions volunteers have and strives to make your stay its best.
Here is a typical volunteer schedule for the orphanage:
7:00 am - wake up
7:15-9:00 am - help the kids with homework and reading for school
9:00-9:30 am - breakfast and kids change for school
9:30-10:00 am - walk the littlest kids to school and keep them from running into bery bushes
10:00 am-3:00 pm - free time to read, nap, explore, and help with food prep or chores.
3:00-3:40 pm - walk the kids back from school
3:40-6:00 pm play with them and have a snack
6:00-8:00 pm help with homework and reading
8:00-8:20 pm dinner
8:20-9:30 pm help with homework again
9:30 pm Bed time (at least for Beth and I), and usually I don't last past 10.
The meals are always Dal Bhat, without fail. THere are occasional variations with chapatti instead of rice, and the veg changes a little daily.

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Posted: June 13, 2012
Overall:
8
Support:
10
Value:
9
By: scrump
Age:
18

The RCDP program provides volunteers with the ability to organize their own service trip abroad. The program's week long language course provides volunteers with the chance to enjoy local culture, historical monuments, and volunteer service. The language course is a comprehensive overview of the Nepali languages. It is a great way for volunteers and trekkers to overcome the language barrier. I highly recommend it to any volunteers!

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Posted: June 10, 2012
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9
By: Oceania87
Age:
25

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I have recently completed my program with RCDP and wanted to update my post. I spent one month in Nepal, splitting my time between an orphanage in Kathmandu and working in a plant nursery in a small village outside the Chitwan area. Both projects were extremely rewarding experiences. I gained a deeper understanding of the Nepali culture and people. The RCDP staff provided support from pre-departure all the way through my very last day. The staff is an incredible group of people, whom I hope to stay in contact with. I hope to visit Nepal again and would definitely continue to work with RCDP. For more details feel free to comment. Cheers!

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