VCD Nepal (Volunteer for Community Development Nepal)

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Originally from Canada, I decided to study education for a year in Queensland, Australia. While
working towards my diploma in education, I founded and chaired Teachers Without Borders (TWB) USC On-Campus Chapter to help bridge the gap in education. As an official student group, TWB hosted barbeques, garage sales, wine and cheese nights and received generous donations to aid Nepalese children and teachers.

Once my studies were complete, I travelled to Nepal to volunteer and unearth an organization that was helping improve the quality of life for students and teachers in the country. I arrived in Nepal on November 21st, 2008.

Soon after my arrival, I met Kanute, an American eager to see the world. Kanute introduced me to Bikram, the director of Volunteer for Community Development Nepal, a small grassroots organization located in the heart of Kathmandu. I felt welcomed and comfortable in Bikram’s presence; his goals and his passion to achieve these goals were immediately evident.

Bikram arranged for a home stay at an orphanage outside of Kathmandu. I had the privilege of living with five orphans for two weeks. Helping the kids with their studies, making crafts and picking up litter in the community, I was able to experience Nepalese culture firsthand. During my stay at the orphanage, Bikram maintained contact and ensured that I was both safe and happy. At the end of the two weeks, I decided to make a monetary donation to VCD Nepal.

I sincerely believe VCD is the exemplar for volunteer abroad organizations. I would like to thank VCD Nepal and VCD director, Bikram, for giving me this unforgettable opportunity to make a difference at a grassroots level!

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Posted: June 26, 2017
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By: KDrexler
Age:
33

I volunteered at Khawalung monastery in 2008 for five weeks. The kids were a blast! The support and flexibility of the program allowed me to make it my own, while still following in the success of past volunteers. Bikky was incredibly helpful in matters related to teaching, as well as helping me take a few adventures in my time off. If you're looking for an opportunity that you can make your own, while still make a big impact, this is it!

Thanks VCD Nepal and Bikki. It's been a few years since I was out there, but I have nothing but fond memories of my time in Nepal!

-Knute

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Posted: August 6, 2014
Overall:
9
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10
Age:
30

Last year I had the privilege of volunteering with VCD NEPAL.

My stay with VCD has been a one that I will never forget, I’m grateful to everyone that made my time here so remarkable. I’ve got to know a wonderful NGO who are trying to make a change in the communities around them. From the first day I was treated like part of their family, they invited me and many other volunteers like myself into their home. Helped give us all an experience that will stay in our hearts forever. They’ve given many people, of all ages, the chance to open their eyes to another world, helped teach us that we are all very fortunate in what have. That life means more than what we can get, it is about sharing what we have. Whether it is sharing a meal, an experience or helping someone in need.

I highly recommend VCD Nepal, the programs they have are costumed designed to fit all ages and needs.

It was an experience I'll never forget and I hope that in due course I will be able to go back to NEPAL and volunteer with VCD NEPAL.

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Posted: July 12, 2014
Overall:
8
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
31

I volunteered for vcd nepal in May of 2014. Having been met at the airport I arrived at the lighthouse- home and headquarters of vcd nepal in Kathmandu- and there was introduced to bikram, founder and director of vcd. Bikram was just about to leave for Italy as vcd had been chosen from nepal to attend a European volunteer service meeting. He informed me of a library in his home village of Torikhet in chitwan. It was also a community centre and womans empowerment centre and asked me if i would like to be the first volunteer there. He told me it would be a difficult challenge and asked if I was ready to except the challenge. My job would be to teach free english classes to the local children. I accepted immediately as it was a fantastic opportunity to make a difference to the children of nepal. Bikram told me I would be staying with his own family whilst in torikhet and that his family where building an extension to there home to accomadate volunteers. After 4 days of cultural and language classes, mixed with afternoon sightseeing, I set off for chitwan with Bishal, bikrams brother. We arrived at the beautiful village of torikhet some 5 hours later. There I was introduced to bikrams family. Never have I felt so welcome so quickly. There hospitality and friendliness went beyond my expectations and i very quickly felt at ease. I was treated as part of there family the whole time I was there and by the time I left I felt I really was leaving my family behind. It is very easy to write such words but my feeling match my words completely. The library itself was small but already had books, pictures, benches, chairs and a notice board. We bought pens, pencils, writing books, rulers, erasers and of course chocolate. Everything you bring and buy helps the children that little bit more. And so the first class was to begin at 5pm. Nobody had any idea who or how many children would turn up as it was the very first class in the new library. Over 30 children arrived for the first class!! Children of different ages, levels of English and ability arrived ready and eager to learn. I must confess I was very nervous, having no previous experience of teaching english to anybody never mind 30 Nepalese children! I need not have been as bikrams brother and sister where there to help me every step of the way and, without doubt, there help and local knowledge was invaluable. We handed the children books, pencils and erasers and began the lesson. The class was divided into 3 age groups which roughly matched there level of english. The children's willingness to learn was both heartwarming and infectious. Those who spoke english needed know encouragement to do so and I was bombarded with questions- it was fantastic! By the 2nd day there where 50 children, by the 3rd there where 70! Word was spreading around the local area and children where literally traveling miles to attend the class. So many children arrived we had to hold the class outside to ensure they stayed cool in the heat and everybody could attend. Never in my life have I felt such a sense of achievement and pride as I watched the children soak up everything we had to offer but still want more. It was difficult to get them to go home as they stayed behind to ask question after question. Vcd created a football competition, complete with trophies for the winners, runners- up and best player. The vcd cup was to be held for the first time at 6 o clock Saturday morning. At ten to 5 there where over 30 children outside the library. At 6 o clock there where around 150 at the school football pitch. 3 teams of boys and the girls playing badminton with many coming just to watch. The winning team collected there trophy from bikram, now back from Italy with such joy and relish it really was an honour to watch and be part of it. At 5pm the children played cricket with the same vigour. There energy was boundless. My time at the library was at an end and I really don't know who learnt the most them or me. There desire not just for english but for there country, animals and environment was humbling. I leave nepal a much richer, wiser and humbler person than when I arrived. Anybody who is thinking of becoming a vcd volunteer at the library i say to you from experience embrace it, embrace it with everything you have and you will be rewarded beyond material wealth. And if you teach the children everything you know, they will teach you just as much in return. Regards, kevin gibbons.

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Posted: June 22, 2014
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By: Kevos00
Age:
39

I am writing to you from Nepal as I enter my last week of my holiday following a breathtakingly beautiful and sublime experience over the last 6 weeks courtesy of Volunteers for Community Development Nepal (VCD Nepal).

I spent a considerable amount of time searching the net for volunteering opportunities I could undertake relatively last minute and as I am now 36, somewhere I did not feel out of place with all the gap year students and youngsters.

I've had a hankering to visit Nepal for many years, so when I finally decided on the destination I found a number of international sites offering volunteer experiences but at obscene prices ranging from 1700 to 2500 euros. I wasn't overly convinced by any of the answers received about what they would be doing with the money to contribute to the development of Nepal, but not taking anything away from them I continued to look for local Nepalese organizations offering authentic experiences. "I stumbled across VCD Nepal and managed to find a number of testimonials and sites authenticating them as a real organization and once I completed my application form and emailed it along with a request for an urgent response as I wished to travel within the next few days, I was pleasantly surprised to receive an email within a couple of hours from their founder. They managed to organise my six week adventure in less than three days including pick up from the airport, accommodation in Kathmandu which was not only comfortable but included hot running water and wi-fi 24/7, and also delicious Nepali meals and excellent support from the agency who are available 24/7 and offer a wealth of information and advice at all times and generally with a smile!"

I'm amazed at what they have managed for me, and all organized to the highest standards using local suppliers and supporting the community throughout, for a fraction of the fees being charged by some of the international companies, VCD Nepal has managed to organize me a 7 day trek through the Annapurna region with my own guide, a 3 day jungle safari in Chitwan complete with an elephant ride and canoe trip through the national park, a white water rafting trip which almost killed me with fright but which I enjoyed immensely, an amazing half hour tandem paraglide which has left me wanting more, food and accommodation were provided throughout.

Most importantly they organized an unforgettable three weeks volunteering as a teacher in a local school. Teaching English to some of the most brightest, confident and interesting kids I will ever have the pleasure to meet in a school where facilities are lacking to say the least has certainly given me some valid lessons and I can not express how important the work VCD Nepal placing volunteers here is to the school and to the future of the children. I was also placed with a host family who live in the same village as the school and this allowed me a unique perspective into Nepalese culture, tradition and life.VCD are also involved in a number of other community projects like orphanages and monasteries.

I truly believe that VCD Nepal has a unique approach and I can't recommend them highly enough, namely because I think they do such a great job and prospective volunteers would have the best adventure possible and see the true beauty of Nepal as well as be able to actively contribute to developing communities.

I really think VCD Nepal fills a much needed gap in the 'last minute, any age, above board organisation, volunteering abroad market.

Much love to my two Nepalese brothers who made my trip so complete, I leave a piece of my heart with you and in Nepal.

Nadia Persaud (UK)

Teaching English/adventure & office development - 6 weeks

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Posted: June 22, 2014
Overall:
10
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10
Value:
10
By: vcdnepal
Age:
37

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