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RCDP International Volunteer Program

About

Established in 1998, RCDP-Nepal is a recognized leader in the field of volunteering. RCDP-Nepal pioneered volunteer in Nepal and India programs. Our volunteer program offers an alternative way to enjoy the exhilarating and exotic beauty of the nature, and the people of Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, and Tibet. Volunteering in Nepal programs and programs in other countries comprises of language, cultural and observation tours, home stays, expeditions, trekking, and many more.... Each year, 1000 volunteers join our program in South Asia

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Valentin
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching in Masailand yet lose to Nairobi

Through this program I was given the opportunity to teach at a primary school in Kimuka, a small, rural village just outside of Nairobi, for a few weeks. I hit the ground running and started teaching from day one. Students and the other teachers were very appreciative of my contribution to the learners success.
My host family is super friendly. Virginiah and the family gave me lots of insights to the local way of living that one would never get otherwise, and included me wherever sensible.
Finally my local coordinator Jackson was kind and caring. He kept in touch and checked in on me regularly.

Pros
  • Friendly people
  • Impact and perspectives for students
  • Getting to know local people
Cons
  • Everyone needs to make a living, so be cautious when money is involved and question prices
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Chloe
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing experience in Kenya

I spent a month in a medical centre located in Ngong, a town closed to Nairobi. As a Physio students, I learned so much with the project! The project was more then I could have ever imagined. And the host family was outstanding. Meals were great and the housing that I stayed in was more then what was excepted. So thankful to join part of this family. I couldn't say more amazing things about this program. It was absolutely an eye opening experience. Couldn't recommend it more to come and lend a hand.

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arsenii
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Lovely experience in Nepal

Superb program if you’re looking to diversify your perspective or dwell into the unknown. The communication with the team is easy and all arrangements will be taken care of. In regards to the actual content of this experience - the quality was also really good, I stayed in Buddhist monastery on the outskirts of Nepal and taught monks aged from 7 - 17, English, Maths and Science. I was given a room and plenty of free time as well as my meals being provided by the monastery. The children were a pleasure to teach and observing the lifestyle was just remarkable.

Pros
  • Experience overall
  • Communication with staff
  • Fee time
Cons
  • Lack of knowledge regarding teaching content prior to arrivsl
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James
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Kenya School

I spent a month in a school located a couple of hours out of Nairobi.
I was unsure of what I'd be doing exactly but knew I wanted to spend some time being useful.
Ended up funding and helping lay concrete floor in the classrooms where before it was just dust and dirt. And we also refurbished the toilet block.

It was an absolutely fantastic experience. The co-ordianter was welcoming and made everything run smoothly at all times. Was a pleasure to stay at his place in Mitaboni as well as with his family in Nairobi.

Village life was fantastic and everyone was so welcoming and kind. Even ended up playing guitar in a church band one Sunday.

Couldn't recommend it more to come and lend a hand. Whatever you can do to help, if I wasn't mixing cement with the workers, I was helping in classes, making posters for the children.
It's not a fast paced lifestyle but it's never boring in the slightest.
An amazing experience

What was your funniest moment?
Any interacting with the kids in the school. Bought a Bluetooth speaker with me so frequent dance parties broke out at break times and after lessons. Turns out they all love AC/DC!
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Paul
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience, if you're flexible

First off, I loved my two weeks of volunteering in Bali and I couldn't be more glad I did it. This was my first volunteer experience abroad and it really was perspective-shifting, fun, challenging, and overall a really positive experience. During my time I volunteered at three different schools, one in urban Kuta, one in the smaller town of Amlapura, and one in the country. (Note: these were all normal public or private schools. None of them were for orphans, which I'd somehow gotten the impression they would be.)

What I loved: connecting with the kids. All the kids I worked with, from kindergarten through high school, were so fun. They loved having a foreign volunteer there, and even though the majority of them couldn't speak much English, I still was really able to connect with them in and out of the classroom just by keeping a smile on my face and giving out liberal high-fives. The faculty was also always very friendly and enthusiastic to have me there. Leaving each school was always a challenge and I found myself trying to stick around each day as long as I could.

What was unexpected: First off, I was the only volunteer with RCDP in Bali while I was there, and from the sounds of it they don't normally have more than one person there. This meant that when I wasn't at the schools I was mostly by myself, the first week in a simple but serviceable hotel room, the second in the guesthouse building owned by the great Bali volunteer coordinator, Komang. While I didn't mind this relative seclusion, if you're looking to meet other volunteers, this is not the place to do it.

Because of the low volume, individual nature of this volunteer experience, I found that there wasn't as much of a system in place as I had expected. In practice this meant that there was both less and more for me to do than I had anticipated. Less, because instead of having arranged classes to assist in all day I usually only had two and sometimes just one. More, because sometimes in those classes I was asked to conduct parts or the entirety without much instruction and because outside of class I had free range to hangout for hours with kids on recess. Let me tell you, it takes both considerable energy and creativity to engage with dozens of non-English speaking kids at once.

Outside of the limited arranged time helping in class, there was also some difficulty finding me a school to volunteer in at all during my second week in the smaller town. This was apparently because with the burgeoning Coronavirus situation the local schools were scared to have a foreigner come in. A reasonable fear, except that I had been in at that time Covid-free Bali for more than two weeks without displaying symptoms so there was really no chance that I had it. I missed having a school to volunteer at that Monday, despite the efforts of Komang to gather some local children that I could work with at his home. But after I talked to Komang again he did find a school that would have me for the rest of that week, during their afternoon sessions. The third school I also volunteered at a couple days that week I found by myself because it was connected to a Catholic church which I had been visiting daily. I met the nuns who ran the school and they invited me to come and volunteer there too, which I could do in my free mornings.

So, I ended up having plenty of volunteering, but it was all rather impromptu and I kind of had to fight for it (staying at school after I was done helping in class, insisting on finding a placement for the second week, and finding an additional placement myself.)

I do want to stress that Komang was very helpful and accommodating, but he was working with what really felt like a less than polished system.

Taken all in all, as I said to start, this was a fantastic experience, but I had to be flexible and engaged to make it that way, and I don't think any two experiences would be quite alike. The advantage is you do really feel like you're meeting locals who are excited to have you because you're not just one of many volunteers. The disadvantage is that things are a bit messy. But if you're ready to roll with the adventure, go for it!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
During my first week, the teacher I regularly helped in class wasn't there, so I was with a different teacher who didn't really speak English. I thought I'd be assisting him, but when we got to his class, he simply left me there to manage the whole 65 minute period! I had no idea what to do, but fortunately, it was an older grade who were a bit better at English so I just went through some food and clothing vocabulary, devising some simple games and sentence building exercises. Keeping things light and goofy, I somehow got through the hour!

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