After searching through several web sites of volunteer organizations, I choose VIN because it is a locally based organization. Because of this, all volunteer program fees stay in country and also the programs are developed and run by people who are directly involved and knowledgeable about local conditions. I was also impressed by VIN’s comprehensive and sustainable approach of bringing together education, enterprise and community development to create social change in rural Nepal.
I lived in a village outside Kathmandu with a local family of 5 to 8 people, depending on which family members were visiting. We had simple rice meal twice a day, morning and evening. Showers were stream fed in an outhouse but our house had an indoor toilet.