RCDP Nepal

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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
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10
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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!

I have been in Nepal for one week and it has been an amazing experience. I am from the United States and this was my first volunteering experience, and RCDP made me feel completely comfortable and safe. The staff is present and supportive, as well as friendly. I have made very good friends since coming to Nepal and have had so much fun exploring on sightseeing tours and learing Nepali in the one-week language course. RCDP is the perfect program for anyone who is travelling abroad for the first time as well as experienced travellers.

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Posted: June 10, 2012
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9
By: ilangone
Age:
19

i have spent 2 weeks working tin the orphanage in sri lanka as a last minute side trip. at first i was worried about living with the sri lankan family and feeling alone and isolated etc but it was much the opposite. from the first time i stepped into their house, i felt instantly at home. i stayed with michael , on colombo road, galle. a perfect spot and a loving family who cooked the most amazing food!!!!! michael knew all the spots and his family were more than welcoming and extremely friendly and outgoing people. i felt part of the family, and was soon invited to a sri lankan wedding, which was a family affair but of course i was family now!! it was an amazing experience that ill never forget. michael toldme about the rules of the orphanage and what to expect. i wasnt the only foreigner either, i made instant friends with the many people that passed through the house. i reccommend this experience to anyone, and ask to stay with michael on colombo road:)

robbie lewinski
lewi12345@hotmail.com (email me for any questions at all )
hobart, tasmania!

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Posted: June 8, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
18

This is about my experience with RCDP Nepal. I volunteered with this organization for ten weeks. I had an amazing time here. They introduced me to the language and the culture and helped everytime there were problems to be solved or questions to be answered. The first weeks I spent in a wonderful hostfamily in the south of Nepal and worked in the nursery. After that I went to work in an orphanage in the Kathmandu valley. The staff came to visit me once in a while and kept contact with me and my host to make sure everything is allright. But anyhow Nepal is a lot different than what many of us know so be open and prepared to experience the nepalese way of life: their sense of time, traffic and food :)
The organization can help you get to know everything and you should feel free to talk to them if you have any questions or concerns.

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Posted: June 5, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
24

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