RCDP International Volunteer Program

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

Reviews

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Cyrus Lee
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

RCDP has done a great job in making the administrative processes for volunteering simple and easy. They have also done a phenomenal job arranging a local volunteering agency/work, that is customised and tailored to my interest and goals.

I applied for a 5 weeks programme in Cambodia, working on building a local school project in the Romeas Haek District. My role was to assist the local team in managing this project. My experience was thoroughly exciting and enriching. I had to opportunity to meet many individuals part of the local team, looking to make a significant difference to those disadvantaged. Moreover, I was also exposed to a wide range of Cambodian culture and its people, an invaluable experience that I will cherish deeply.

I would recommend RCDP International to anyone who is looking for an affordable volunteering experience abroad.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
For those looking for an invaluable volunteering experience abroad, I do advice that you do your own personal research on your desired work, to grasp a better understanding behind its situation and challenges. This would give you a better contextual understanding of the area and the people you will be working, which can help you decide on how you can best contribute.
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Kori
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I met a lot of great friends through this program and would love to go back. The orphanage was a great place to volunteer but is difficult to do much unless you know a little bit of Spanish to be able to communicate with the people in the orphanage. If you are able to communicate, you find it is a very rewarding experience and are able to help out in a lot of ways. Roger, our country coordinator was great. We lived with a host family and a bunch of young girls who were traveling and Roger made our safety a top priority. I did not take Spanish classes while in Peru but I heard they were great! DO NOT fall for scams in the plaza. There are plenty of them such as paintings and sight seeing tours. If you ever take a trip to hike or sight-see do not pay in full prior to the trip.

What would you improve about this program?
Communication between volunteers and who they are helping could be better, such as before volunteering to verify dates and working details and if/when they are needed
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Shabnam
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My time working in Hospital de Bethancourt just outside of Antigua, Guatemala was one that will be etched in my mind for a lifetime. Still, I can recall the vividness of the land - a land that has brought me the most immense of my happiness throughout all of the world I have travelled. Antigua is very safe, and I was always able to roam around, even when solo. People are incredibly kind, and it won’t take long before visitors feel a pull towards the bright city. I was immersed in OBGYN care, even going as far as delivering several babies. As a medical student passionate about OBGYN, this program helped to fill my cup as far as involvement and fulfillment goes. In my two weeks, I was able to view all sorts of procedures in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. I’d highly recommend anyone who is interested in medicine - or any sort of volunteer work - to go to Antigua. The city is safe, warm and welcoming. I feel reinvigorated after my time there and can only hope that others experience this same joy.

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Javier
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Yesterday was a very intense day full of activities. Early in the morning, seeing that it was raining heavily, our jungle excursion was canceled, and we proposed a bike ride. What we thought was going to be a simple walk through the town turned out to be an intense tour of the Nepalese landscape in which we found several animals such as elephants, deer, horses, cows, dogs or ducks. In addition, our favorite moment was when we had to cross a puddle that looked like a river as it covered us to the hip (shoutout to the leech that stung Barbara). It lasted longer than many of us could endure and some even got lost but we really enjoyed it. After a well-deserved rest, and seeing that the river still did not go down, a jungle jeep excursion was organized. Before we entered, we were lucky and honored to have been able to attend a wrestling battle live between two 12-year-old children, there were no injuries ... They warned us that silence was needed to see the animals, which It took us a little to respect, that may be the reason why we "only" saw deer, monkeys, birds and crocodiles. At the time of resting we were playing board games like the Resistance or the high pencil in which we discovered new colors such as sapphire, pistachio and persimmon. We ended the day watching a somewhat peculiar local dance that surprised some and disappointed others. And finally, Quique and the Javis woke up for dinner.

What was your funniest moment?
My funniest moment was when we went to the rafting
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Lucía
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

We had a lot of fun and the people were amazing. Lovely food and housing as well as comfort and flexibility from the organization. Rita was an amazing host mother and the kids from the orphanage were lovely. The school was very tired but lots of fun.
The local coordinator, Lilah, was extremely helping and assisted us in every single way needed. As well as the general coordinator in Nepal who always answered our questions and helped us in what we needed.

The hostels provided by the organization were always amazing and had great service.
Overall: amazing experience, will definitely repeat in the near future.

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