I volunteered with the Helambu Project for one month in a remote village in Nepal teaching English. My expereince with the program was a great one! In the weeks leading up to my volunteer stint, the staff was very attentive and great at answering any questions I had. Helambu project serves many different types of areas so it is possible for them to place you in they type of environment you want to be in. The director of the program listened to that expereince that I wanted to have, and placed me accordingly. I wanted to go somewhere very remote and I was placed in a small, beautiful and very remote village.
The actual teaching of the children was difficult at times because of the obvious language barrier and the lack of resources in the school. In the village I was in, enducation is not a big priority so that also made it difficult...But the kids were wonderful.
I stayed in a homestay, which was an absolutely AMAZING expereince! I made a strong connection with my house mother and will remember this expereince for the rest of my life! At times it was lonely because most people in the village only spoke a few words of English but it was a wonderful way for me to reflect on myself! The food was absolutely delicious!
The Helambu project is doing really wonderful things in the communities it serves. During my volunteer time, Helambu project happened to be funding lots of new supplies for the school. A Helambu project representative came to the school and brought new dry-erase boards for the classrooms and an English book for each student! This is a very big thing in a school that had nothing! I was able to witness the wonderful effect that Helambu project hason these communities. I am very proud to say that I have been a part of this project and I hope I have a chance in the future to volunteer again!
If you are looking for a "real" Nepal expereince and to volunteer with an organization that is not at all concerned about your money, just what you have to share with the Nepali communities, this is the program for you!