Volunteers

Leilah Amos Nepal

Was the experience good value for money?

Yes I have volunteered with other projects and this was much better value for money compared to them, I thought it was extremely competitive and didn’t feel cheated.

What members of staff do you remember the most and why?
I remember Asim the project co-ordinator the most as he was so helpful and was brilliant throughout the project. He looked after us throughout the project and helped with some minor problems we encountered. He was very friendly and accommodating letting us use his house as well.

What were your impressions of the accommodation?
Our accommodation was amazing, staying in a local lodge. I was overwhelmed with how nice it is and how lovely the people we were staying with were.

Why did you want to volunteer? 
I love going and experiencing the culture in new countries and being able to offer my expertise as a teacher. I like meeting new and like-minded people and having an adventure. It is my third time volunteering and I have loved it every time.

Do you feel you made a difference, how?
Yes I do feel that we helped with the teacher that was regularly in the school by showing her that lessons could be made fun. Unfortunately only being there for 3 weeks was not long enough to make a long-term impact with the children.

What did you do for fun?
We went on the jungle safari for two nights which was wonderful, we played with the local children in the mornings, socialized with other volunteers and went out on some trips with our host family.

Who did you make friends with and for what reasons?
My main friend was a girl called Eve as we stayed in the same room in the host family. We got on well because we were of similar age and she was a trainee teacher and I am a teacher. I got on well with all the other volunteers however.

What were the names of the best places to hang out and socialise
Sitamai bar where we staying was the best place to hang out, you could get drinks and sit in a beautiful cabana in the middle of the jungle. It was beautiful. We also enjoyed visiting Pokhara which was much more fun and lively for young people.

Would you considering going again or perhaps to another project with Original Volunteers?
Yes I would consider doing it again as I thought it was reasonable and I enjoyed being with the other volunteers. I also felt that I was well looked afer.

What would you say/recommend to a friend who was interested in volunteering?
That its good for a short volunteer project, you meet lots of nice people, you are well supported but there is not as much value in the actual project as some other projects I have been on.

What items would you suggest future volunteers take?
CLOTHES for the local children!
You don’t need a sleeping bag, that was a waste of space.
A way to get up your mosquito net in Chtiwan easily.

How much money would you suggest you take per week?
I spent £400 in 3 weeks.

Could you offer any tips to future volunteers?
August was VERY hot in Chtiwan – also the schools were closed and the children attended the local school voluntarily. I think volunteers should know it’s a bit quiet in August.