RCDP Nepal

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9.2 / 10 after 221 Reviews Based on overall, support & value average ratings
Program website: http://www.rcdpnepal.org/

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I have been back from volunteering in Nepal with RCDP since a month, and I am already looking forward to go back and I'm keeping the best memories of it all. (Sorry for my english, I'm a french canadian speaker)
I left for this foreigh country last february on my own, with no expectations and some fears and doubts about it. That time I had planned to stay 5 weeks, teaching english in a monastery near Kathmandu, but finally stayed there for almost 4 months, I also worked in a orphanage called "Mary Child Help Center'' and it has been very difficult to leave all these wonderful people you meet in this inspiring country. I met friends from all over the world, with who I'm still in touch, and you discover together a land of mystery, stories and spirituality, but also meeting generous souls that inspire you to see life another beautiful way.
I found RCDP simply by internet researches, and I have been impressed first by the cost of the projects (for example 50$ a week for orphanage work). I looked for some reviews on Facebook, and talked with old volunteers before going. What I heard about it seemed very good, but I can now say to anyone doubting to go that RCDP became there like a family. Everyone overthere are friendly, always there for you to help and listen to anything you need to share. You can always change your project if you don't feel any kind of good. You are always in touch with the crew if something wrong happens. They also provide lots of information regarding the country and what you would like to explore besides volunteering. When you arrive, they offer two weeks of cultural program as an option, and you can learn Nepali language and meet other volunteers before diving into your project and the rich nepali culture.
They offer as well a wide range of projects, going from orphanage to health care, as well as nature conservation.
If anyone as any questions regarding this Nepal organisation or about any projects, you can always contact me, I will be very happy to share my experience more deeply.

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Posted: June 27, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: rosefumee
Age:
21

My experience with RCDP Nepal was really good. I went there as part of my education in teaching, and the people at RCDP was very nice to help my prepare my practice at an orphanage, where I wanted to teach kids English. When I planned this trip, I was a bit concerned about finding an organisation that was reliable and helpful. Already few hours after I had send the first e–mail with questions about their programs and so fort, I got a helpful answer. All the way through; they where easy and helpful to keep in contact with.

Short after I singed up for a program at an orphanage in Kathmandu valley. In the following months of preparations, RCDP answer all my questions and gave me advise in my preparations which made the planning very easy. When I landed in Kathmandu a guy from the office was waiting with a sign with my name, and drove me to the RCDP office in Kathmandu. I stayed there a couple of days before going to the orphanage, which gave me some time to speak with loads of other volunteers and RCDP about what to expect. Throughout the three weeks I was at the orphanage, I got visits from the RCDP office, and I could always reach them on my phone, if I needed help.

I can only give my best recommendations of RCDP Nepal. My experience was, that they are all helpful, kind and efficient people who wants their volunteer’s to have the best time of their lives!

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Posted: June 27, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
27

When i first arrived i did not know what to expect. I think with anything you always do have expectations before it even happens. When i got to Nepal it was nothing like i expected. But it was absolutely great in its own way. When you arrive the people from RCDP are very friendly and make you feel right at home. Within the first day i felt at home. The take care of you and make sure everything is okay a way a organization should when you are abroad. I volunteered at the Monastery teaching English to the monks. That experience i will never forget. Its one of those things that when you are doing it, your so caught up in the moment that you don't really appreciate how much of an enriching experience it is. On my last day it settled with me that i'm leaving to go home and that this life i was living wasn't my own and now as i reflect back on it i can say that it is the best thing i ever chose to do in my life so far. I would recommend this organization and visiting Nepal to anyone, with a guarantee that you will be satisfied when your trip ends. I will be coming back again.

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Posted: June 25, 2012
Overall:
5
Support:
5
Value:
6
Age:
20

My husband and I have just got back from our first experience of volunteering abroad and it went so smoothly that we are already talking of going again to a different location. My first positive impression of RCDP was the speed with which my initial questions were answered and the follow-up didn't disappoint us.The whole trip has been very affordable and memorable. Staying with a family has been the biggest bonus of our stay as we feel that we have been able to experience 'real' life in the country during our two and a half month stay. The back-up team were always on hand and we were encouraged to visit the country as much as possible and were given help in organising our visits. Altogether a very positive impression and I would gladly recommend it to other would-be volunteers.

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Posted: June 21, 2012
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
10
Age:
61

It was my first experience volunteering, so I was unsure of what to expect; however, my experience exceeded my expectations. I worked in a street kids program (teaching young children basic education, in Spanish) as well as in a day care (doing arts and crafts, class lessons, etc.). The kids in Guatemala were eager to learn and communicate, which made participating as much as possible easy and fun. I was pleased with the support staff as well. Before leaving I received many e-mails regarding everything I needed to be prepared for my experience. I was surprised and pleased with the fast response from staff, considering I applied very late - about a month before leaving to volunteer. The cost is very low compared to many other volunteering organizations I considered, and it's nice because a large sum of the money you pay goes to the host family you stay with and the program you choose to work in. The only thing I was a bit disappointed with was that I was the only volunteer in both my programs. However, that's partly due to the lack of popularity of the programs I chose as well as the time of year. The organization also offers language lessons (the language depends on what country you're in, for me it was Spanish) for a fee (a reasonable fee!). I would strongly recommend RCDP to anyone, and Guatemala was a fantastic place to travel to.

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Posted: June 18, 2012
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
10
Age:
19

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