Volunteer Student Reviews Nepal


STUDENT ‘MORE CONFIDENT, AND AWARE OF OTHER PEOPLE’ AS A RESULT OF TRAVELLING AND VOLUNTEERING

A student from Surrey who was a volunteer in Nepal during a year spent traveling felt that the experience had made him ‘ more confident, and aware of other people’.

Matthew Block stopped off in Nepal to volunteer at a School, and an Orphanage for 3 weeks in July 2009. He really enjoyed the experience, and felt that both his year spent traveling and his experience of volunteering abroad had made him ‘ more confident, and aware of other people’.

His time spent there was divided between teaching at a small school, and working, and helping out at an Orphanage. He found the local people ‘easy to get on with’.

He said that he chose to volunteer in Nepal with Original volunteers as he was pleased to find out that the money for his accommodation was going directly to people in Nepal rather than to a company in the U.K.

He added that he has recommended the experience to other people, and that he would like to volunteer again at some point in the future.

We wish Matthew well with his studies, and hope to be able to arrange for him to volunteer again one day.

If you would like to volunteer while taking a year out traveling then why not contact us on 01603 859689.

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Asian volunteers wished they could stay longer


I had a brilliant time teaching at a tiny village in Nepal which didn’t have a name. It was above a place called Sippigat. We only volunteered for 3 weeks as we didn’t have time to stay longer, and wanted to spent a week travelling afterwards.

The area where we were was seven hour trek in the mountains away from Sippigat so you can imagine how rural it was.  The children we were teaching were the sweetest children ever and were very patient with us.

We met some amazing people even though we couldn’t really speak to anyone because no one knew any  English there but it was great fun trying to have a conversation!

It was a hard decision to choose Nepal as our first volunteer project because we knew it would be easier on other projects where there were more volunteers and English speaking staff but I think it was the best decision to come here as it was such a different experience. The views were unbeatable and being just the two of us offered some wonderful moments to experience the mountain experience 
all to ourselves.

The classes were all a bit muddled and we never knew how many children would come. Some days there were about 10 and other days too many to count. We managed to teach hello, goodbye, some numbers and the days of the week. We even did some basic Maths lessons in case the English was too much and they enjoyed that too.

We were very upset to leave when we did and wished we could have stayed longer. We are already thinking about a second longer trip to the same village and see if they remember us any of the English we taught.

Volunteering in Nepal it is definitely one of the best things we have ever done and I totally recommend it.

Elliott  volunteered in Nepal with his girlfriend.

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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.

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Bexx Moss Nepal


What members of staff do you remember the most and why?

The drivers – both very friendly and helpful.

What were your impressions of the accommodation?
Was very surprised at the facilities available, was expecting a lot worse!

Why did you want to volunteer? 
Always been known as a bit or a party goer and wanted to do something that made a difference

Do you feel you made a difference, how?
Feel as though wasn’t like your ordinary volunteers, knew how to show the kids a good time and they have made me promise to return ASAP!

What did you do for fun?
Taught the kids how to paint nails (they loved) and went on a jungle safari!

When was your most enjoyable experience, do you have an interesting story?
Elephant bathing was amazing!

Who did you make friends with and for what reasons?
Made friends with lots of volunteers from all over the world including Spain Germany and Australia!

What were the names of the best places to hang out and socialise
Kathmandu was the most amazing city ive ever visited and so cheap! Got myself a new tattoo whilst there!

Would you considering going again or perhaps to another project with Original Volunteers?
Yes definitely, I found everything was organised so well I would have struggled finding buses and taxis etc on my own!

What would you say/recommend to a friend who was interested in volunteering?
Most humbling thing I’ve ever done, can’t wait to return!

What items would you suggest future volunteers take?
Lots of mosquito repellent and as much stuff for the kids as you can carry!

How much money would you suggest you take per week?
£30 a week was enough for my food then buying the odd souvenirs!

Could you offer any tips to future volunteers?
Would go in October because I found it a little cooler, as the first couple of weeks I was there in September was still unbelievably hot!

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Ffion James Nepal


The most amazing thing?

Paragliding, Poon Hill Yoga Trek, Helping in the orphanage and giving the children lots of love and support, making friend friend from Australia and the rest for England. Just generally giving instead of receiving is so rewarding. Learning that life shouldn’t be taken for granted just live in the moment and experience as much as you can.

Best memory?
Auysh the youngest orphan saying “Waw beautiful” when I came out in the nepali salwar cameez dress and taking the children to the temple in the middle of Fewa Lake on canoes for a day out.

Best bits about free time? 
Get to see a lot of things, meet people and experience more of the culture and country.

Tell us about the people
Nepali people are one of the nicest people I have ever met, made me feel very at home. The children in the orphanage were very intelligent, creative and enthusiastic and full of energy. Very outgoing and will now be lifelong friends.

Would you consider volunteering again and where?
Definitely, volunteering is so rewarding and you experience so much. I would hope to go to Peru or Camboidia.

Tips for future volunteers?
Expect no expectations , be very open minded, live as the locals live and just live in the moment and experience as much as you can.

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