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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Gregory
10/10

I would highly recommend the RCDP program in Galle Sri Lanka. I spent two weeks at the orphanage in Galle and found the experience to be wonderful. Children were very nice and energetic to learn. People around me were helpful.

Onsite coordinator was very helpful and went out of his way to make this trip a success. During my two weeks in Galle, with the support of coordinator, we were able to use the funds raised to provide medicine and cleaning supplies to the orphanage.
Our coordinator took a half day to bring me to all the places in town to ensure we were obtaining the best quality and price, which would have been impossible if I was on my own.

More importantly, he helped us even after I left the project to assist and solve issues relating to the 49 boxes of books for the children and young adult that were donated to the orphanages. These books were distributed to other orphanages in the area as well.
The time spent with the kids was of course the best part. I was with the older children (age 2-5), and spent the morning and early afternoon playing games and spending time with them. The head teacher was great as well and you can see she truly cares for the children.

How can this program be improved?
I would suggest learning some very basic vocabulary before arriving, just so you're able to give directions to the kids while there, as they don't all understand English yet. Overall - a great experience that I would recommend to all.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Paula
10/10

RCDP is a lot cheaper than other organizations but doesn’t offer less anything less. Some people on the projects was on were paying a lot more for exactly the same thing. At the elephant orphanage it was a great experience I loved bathing the elephants however there was a lot of down time and you had to be proactive to help out at the elephant orphanage.

The children’s elephant orphanage was great initially I felt overwhelmed by the number of little kids (I was expecting older children but they are all under 5). Most of the children have skin infections. Some have scabies. This doesn’t stop you wanting to help but it would have been nice to know other volunteers so I could have talked to a doctor back home. Overall I have had an amazing time in srilanka but you definitely get out what you put in.

Project staff were kind to me, when ever I need help they were their for me. My host family was very nice and they care me a lot, I love people and project very much. It was my wonderful moments while I was there. Thank you for providing such a wonderful project with kind people.

How can this program be improved?
RCDP Staffs are very nice and helpful. I was surprised and pleased with the fast response from staff, so I would strongly recommend RCDP to anyone, I really love this project.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Elisabeth
9/10

While I was in Nepal with RCDP I got a lot of support and the supervisor was very dedicated.
Of course there were some obstacles or I was faced with problems like sickness, homesickness, etc, but the staff always listened, helped and cared for me.
In my first project I teached at the nursery at a government school and I became close friends with the nursery teacher. I had a nice time there but because there were holidays for 4 weeks long, I decided to change my project and then I volunteered at an orphanage. At that time I learned a lot about Nepal, its history and culture. I felt very welcomed and made unique and unforgettable experiences.
Because of this program I met great people, who shared their stories with me and I also found some great friends.

Yes, I recommend this program
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martin
9/10

Teaching in Everest region.
mainly at Monastery teaching basic English & Maths to novice monks in 2 classes in mornings (age group 7-13) and afternoon (age group 13-20).
The monks were excellent students and showed enthusiasm to learn. Their English was usually sufficiently good to make communication easy.
RCDP were very helpful and keen to ensure that the program worked smoothly. It probably is better value than most other organisations.
The flights between kathmandu and Lukla are very weather dependent so make sure that you have some spare days either side especially if international flight connections are required.
I did the Everest base camp trail after volunteering. It worked seamlessly and probably helped to ensure that the trek was as organised as well as possible. It is likely that the trekking group will be very small and represents very good value compared to other organisations.

How can this program be improved?
Increased liaison between Everest Monastery and RCDP
Yes, I recommend this program
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Chandni
9/10

Hi.

I recently went to Quito, Ecuador to volunteer at school for kids ranging from the ages of 2 to 5 years old. This was my first time traveling to Ecuador, let alone South America; this was also my first time traveling alone. Initially, when I left the US I was very nervous about adjusting to a whole new country, with people I did not know and a language I did not understand. However, by the end of my trip I had fallen in love with Ecuador and the kids at the school.

When I registered to volunteer through RCDP, I was given the option to stay with a host Ecuadorian family or at a hostel. Of course, I chose to stay with an Ecuadorian family to get the full experience and it was one of the best decisions I made. The family was extremely personable, sweet and helpful. They cooked amazing food and the house was very clean at all times.

The coordinator in Ecuador ensured that I was picked up from the airport and routinely asked if I was doing okay. At the school, I helped the teachers with the kids lunch, getting them cleaned up after lunch, taught them a little English here and there and mostly spent a lot of time playing with them and consoling them if they were upset or got hurt playing. The kids were an absolute delight to be around.

I would return to Ecuador again and volunteer through RCDP.

How can this program be improved?
1. Maybe include Spanish lessons in the price/registration fee.
Yes, I recommend this program