VOLUNTEER STORIES

I just returned after a month in Pokhara where I volunteered for 2 weeks in a Buddhist Monastery and then 2 weeks in an orphanage. 

 

I have previously volunteered in 9 different locations around the world, and have used 4 different organizations for my placements, both large and small.  Alliance Nepal, and particularly its director Krishna was/is the absolute perfect choice for anyone considering volunteering in Nepal and the Pokhara area in particular.

 

First, all the logistics worked perfectly.  Was met at the airport in Kathmandu, a hotel room had been arranged the first nite and getting me to Pokhara went smoothly.  But it was when I got to Pokhara that Krishna shined… and showed why I was so glad I chose Alliance Nepal.   It is because Krishna is personally involved in the entire placement, it is not delegated to another person.  Krishna also is the easiest fellow to speak with and is committed to making sure the volunteer has the best experience possible…. He is just a top shelf person, totally trustworthy, honest and has made this his passion and life’s work.

 

Like I said, I’ve been volunteering for years and know what I look for in a placement.  He placed me in a Buddhist monastery where 3 other organizations I contacted couldn’t for January when I was going to be there.(I taught English to the monks).  Home run!  Then the next 2 weeks I wanted to be at an orphanage as I have done so 5-6 times previously.  I must say, it was the best run orphanage I have worked with and the kids were incredible.

 

Perhaps I just got lucky with my two placements… but I don’t think it was luck.  Krishna just knows Pokhara and the placements and NGO’s available there… he was great!  Also, he had me over to his home twice to share daal bhaat meal with him and his family, set up paragliding and sightseeing stuff for me to see….

 

Anyway, for anyone who wishes to read my online travel journals and the one about Pokhara, go to www.Travelpod.com/members/splunk . Feel free to also email me at greatevnt@aol.com and I’ll be glad to try to answer any questions you may have.

 

Anyway, Krishna and Alliance Nepal are excellent and I don’t believe you can do better if you are looking to volunteer in Nepal.  Thank you Krishna.

 Ken Lipson (December 2011)

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If you are considering spending time in Nepal and want to get involved with a volunteer program then I would strongly advise you to use volunteers alliance Nepal, I spent 5months living and volunteering with this organisation and it was one of the best decisions I ever made!

I think what initially attracted me to using Alliance Nepal was the flexibility which it allowed.  I knew I wanted to spread my time exploring the country whilst volunteering on different projects.  Krishna immediately was so warm, welcoming and fantastic at allowing me to be flexible with the time I had.

The early days of arriving and getting used to being in such a different country and culture were all eased by the support of Krishna and his team. I was able to spend some time learning a little of the language before I moved in with a Nepali family.

I spent the first 3months of my trip living with Krishna’s family in a village about an hour north of Pokhara. I think being able to live as part of a Nepalese family was a huge bonus in being able to fully understand what ‘real Nepali’ life is like.  Although slightly overwhelmed at first, I felt extremely welcomed into the home and absolutely loved my time there.  I learnt so much in those first three months and my language was certainly tested as Ama had very little English!  I never thought I would actually wake up and look forward to a plate full of rice and curry but I grew to love eating Dahl Bhatt.

Whilst living in the village, I spent my days teaching English in the local school.  This was a real eye opener into the world of Education in Nepal and very different to what I was used to in England, however I found the pupils and staff very warm and welcoming and have fond memories of discussions over Nepalese politics with the staff!

As previously mentioned I’d wanted to spend some time exploring more of the country and decided to do the Annapurna circuit trek which took around 2 weeks to complete.  This was such an amazing experience and it was wonderful to be immersed in the awesome Hilmalaya seeing some of the most breathtaking sites.  Krishna helped me organise the trek and I linked up with a couple of other volunteers who wanted to do the same trek.  Being able to share your experiences with other volunteers in invaluable and will create memories that you will never forget.

For the final month that I was in Nepal, Krishna organized for me to spend time in an orphan home.  There were only 5 children at the home, which meant that you could really get to know them individually and build great relationships.  Some of my favorite memories from this time are going out onto the lake and swimming with the kids and taking them to make batiks.  The children are wonderful and have such open hearts which makes it difficult when you have to say goodbye.Overall I had the most amazing 5months in such a beautiful country and was extremely touched by the loving nature of all the Nepalese people.  I gained treasured family and friends, who I hope to see again and again in the future.  The support from Krishna throughout the time I was out there was just amazing and the projects he run are so invaluable to the communities out there.

         Mel Cassidy

Email: melarnymel@hotmail.com (UK)   2011

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         Emma  Jenkins..
I had the wonderful opportunity of being able to volunteer at the Himalayan Children Care Home in Pokhara this past summer. Alliance Nepal (AN) was with me every step of the way, from arranging my ride from the airport to guesthouse, to calling a taxi for me on the day of my departure. I felt like AN truly cared about my well-being, both emotional and physical. Krishna, AN's director, showed me around Pokhara on my first day, and arranged 1:1 language lessons for me before I arrived at the placement.

My favorite experience at the orphanage is when the volunteers arranged a trip to the local pool. (The orphanage does not have a lot of extra money for any luxuries, so volunteers offered to fund the trip. Total cost was about $35 for bus rental and admission to the pool.) The children were absolutely ecstatic and so eager to learn to swim. Many of the children had only ever been in a pool once or twice before, and only one or two of them could actually swim.

As a volunteer, I would encourage you to be proactive about creating opportunities for yourself and for the children. The administrators of the home are extremely kind and only want what is best for the children. If possible, bring a little extra spending money to buy the kids a new football or to buy mango and pineapple for a fruit salad. If that's not within your means, just be willing to take the kids to the park, teach them a new song, or learn their favorite game. The children are just so happy to have you there.

My one disappointment that came from the trip was actually from the other volunteers. I was the only Alliance volunteer at the orphanage, but was surrounded by volunteers from different organizations from around the world. There were many amazing people who I met as a volunteer, but there were also others who seemed to regard the trip as either a vacation or a punishment. I know that volunteering is not for everyone and that it can be difficult to be away from home and adjust to different living conditions, so that is why I would not take the decision to volunteer lightly. You are a guest in another country and are there to help make the lives of children better.
 
            Ashley
Namaste! The volunteering programme in Nepal is definitely a once in a lifetime experience for me! I feel so grateful to have the opportunity to visit their schools, orphanages, disabled centres and getting to know more about Nepali lifestyle while staying in their village. It was a truly wonderful experience that is hard to express in words. A big thank you to Alliance Nepal for always being there whenever any assistant is needed! I will definitely hope to go back to Nepal again someday!! Thank you for making all the arrangements and making this experience so memorable!

If anyone is interested to do volunteering in Nepal or find out more about Nepal, feel free to contact me at chenleemei@gmail.com . I'll be more than happy to share with you my wonderful experience!!! =)

Regards,
Ashley.
 Harpreet......Grewal

Volunteering in Nepal was a once in lifetime experience and I would 100% recommend this to my friends and family. I feel as though I was given a chance to experience both the cultural, traditional and tourist lifestyle when I visited.
From teaching in a school, to helping in an orphanage I felt that I got the true feeling of living in Nepal.
I felt that everything was organised in a great way and I was able to gain full potential of my time here.
I especially found trekking one of the highlights of my trip as this was the first time that I have done anything along these lines and despite at times where I wanted to give up, I felt that the people I was with gave me the push I needed to make it to Annapurna base camp.
People in Nepal are amazing and it is so interesting to see just how creative these children are and how they appreciate the smaller things in life. It was a real eye opener and I feel I learnt a lot and it has contributed to the way I see things now that I am back home.
I do miss the times I shared with everyone I met in Nepal but I appreciate all the memories that I have made and that I can pass on to my friends and family when I talk about my trip to Nepal.
Hope everyone gets the chance to experience the amazing opportunities I have had in Nepal.
Thank you and I wish you all the best and hope you carry on doing the good work that you have been doing!!!
Harpreet xx
Email:harpzgrewal@hotmail.com
London.UK.

his has definitely been the most memorable six weeks of my life - they've been so good that I really don't want to go home yet! From my very first day I have been made to feel so welcome even children in the village would come and greet me everyday and ask how I was.

I love Pokhara, Nepal, the people, the land and the food so much. This has been the best experience of my life and as soon as the chance arises again I will come back for as long as possible.

Thank you Alliance Nepal for placing me in such a lovely community - with a very special family and with very beautiful children.

Jessica , Scotland


My experience in Nepal has been unlike any other of my life. I have learned more than I ever imagined about Nepali culture, food, history, traditions, geography and lifestyle.

I have gone from emotions of fear to excitement , from sadness to happiness. I have truly been able to immerse myself in another culture and have found Nepalese to be the most friendly and generous people I have ever met.

This has been an eye- opening experience that I know I will never forget. I feel lucky to have had the chance to participate in such a program.

Hoffman,
Maple Grove, MN, USA


I've had such a great time in Pokhara, Nepal with Alliance Nepal. The volunteer work was a wonderful experience, I've met so many friendly people + I have always been made to feel welcome at Alliance Nepal, a home away from home...
Just wanted to say a BIG FAT THANKS to Krishna and keep up the good work!
Hope to see you again.

Mabel
Portland, Oregon, USA


My experience with Alliance Nepal is unforgettable. Oh my God...Memory of sarangkot and pokhara, I canot forget. My wife and I were living With a family, in a village west of Pokhara. Everyday, we were teaching English in shree Mani jothi Lower secondary school sarangkot approximately 40 students in every class. it was really have interesting discussions, debates, and talk about more concrete topics in class, such as politics, environment, culture, etc.Iam interesting in carpentry My wife Clara were working in the local sarangkot health post sarangkot. Even if she is practical Medical knowledge was limited when she arrived, the nurses and assistants were really kind with her, teaching her what they knew. From patients' examination to injections, She learned to do everything that can be done in a health post! We donate some fund for health post and some to organization for schooling to poor children.

People from Alliance Nepal were really supportive too. before beginning, they gave us Nepali language classes, introduced Nepali culture and showed us important places around Pokhara. During our volunteer work, they were always present and supportive, giving us teaching materials for our classes and more.

I will never forget what I learned in Nepal, and will always remember My nepali friends and our host family I was placed to mr krishna Timilsina"s family. It was lovely and nice family we get English speaking environment there and we never faced language problems there .Sarangkot is very interesting place to see sun rise and sunset
It is lasting impressive for me. Thanks.

David and Beth
Cambridge U.K.


I cannot describe it in this small pieces of paper Thanks to Mr Krishna , Director of this organization who provide me this chance to write few words about this organization.

I have got some chance to see some activities in rural area.

Alliance staffs welcomed me, touched me and even more, continues to touch me... Here is in some words an outline of what was my environment and my daily activities for the few months spent in this beautiful country…

The introduction in the community made possible with the help of Alliance Nepal, and the NGO (non governmental organisation) was always there during key moments of our volunteering project, although not overprotective, leaving place for us to organize our activities. We were lodged by a familyin kaskikot which was very much involved in the community for the total duration of our training course. Dimension of the family life was if not more important as much as the activities we had during our stay. Since the family and community values are very present and strong within the Nepalese culture, living with people of the community enabled us to be an integral part of the village and thus made the meeting and development of relationships easier. The contact with the culture itself, the life habits, traditions, festivals, etc was thus very strong. The exchanges with the members close to the family were very nice . Kaskikot is very interesting place to stay and everybody feels very easy there.

Monica
Manila.
Philippines.


Where should I strats,? Last month, I was in pokhara as teaching volunteer . I was placed to shree Jana Jagrit higher secondary school sarangkot it is 7 K.M. from pokhara. I was amazed at the trust and love the children shared with me after knowing me. The basic day was an early rise followed by exercise. The kids had great energy that needed to be utilized. Then came their class with the English teacher at first. I was able to just sit with the children and provide help with spelling, speech and writing. Dal Bhat came next before heading off to school at ten. When the children were occupied elsewhere I would head into the office to do some paperwork. We would usually have a few games in the afternoon. Such as hide n seek, cycling, drawing and reading. The second time for the English teacher to come was at around half five. I can definitely see the progress they are making which will help them at school. Dal Bhat at 7, followed by more games and the occasional comedy programme on TV. Bedtime was early at 9pm, but remember in Nepal most people are up by round half 5 to 6am. My placement was too short for my liking and I am already planning my second trip in a few years time. My role as older brother and supervisor was demanding but also rewarding at the same time. I recommend voluntary work in Nepal to anyone who is searching for a fantastic opportunity to give something back to the community and come away feeling very fulfilled.Thanks to Krishna for providing me this chance and Krishna small for language teaching .


Lewis Rob
Turky.


I am pleased to get this chance . Nepal, is wonderful country , friendly and frank people Mr Krishna and other staffs I cannot forget them My one month stay with Krishna and Alliance Nepal .

In the beginning of 2005 it was long lasting .we had nice trekking in Nepal. Lovely place to see there I hope my little help to a community school at Shree Amarjothi Lower secondary school will be fruitful. We handed this fund to school to makes for school Furniture. Thanks to Mr. Krishna to manage all.I will explain details when I back in France this much now.

Lisa
Jacou France.

Andrew Jack ..
It’s a joy for me to be able to work as a volunteer in Nepal. The experience I have gained will always be remembered and cherish.

Firstly, I have no reservation in recommending Alliance nepal to family and friends. The staff is friendly and efficient. They are trustworthy and reliable. Every 2 or 3 days one of the staff from Alliance Neapl would come and visit or call to check on me and another volunteer, David from Germany. In short, this is what I called “Personalised Service” which I received from Alliance Nepal.
It was wonderful that Alliance Nepal had arranged for me to stay with a very nice host family. Throughout my stay with my host family, I was able to observe their local cultures and traditions as well as I enjoyed eating Nepal’s national food, daal-baaht.

I was placed to do my volunteer service at “Annapurna Child Home” with 22 children. My first impression of “Child Home” was shocking. I regret to say it has very poor facilities yet it has given me a better insight and a valid reason that I could do something to help the local volunteers and children there.

David and I were honour to be their first batch of foreign volunteers at “Child Home”. To be honest, although both of us are inexperienced in volunteering and caring the children, we did our best to teach and play with the children. I should mention here that communication with the children is a HUGE problem as most of them are young and do not know how to speak English. Nevertheless, when there’s a will, there’s a way.

One of our biggest project or achievement in “Home” was to brighten up the gloomy girls’ and boys’ room. We had a wonderful time in painting some cute cartoons in each room, including the kitchen. The end result was beyond words to describe. We also discovered some kids are talented in drawing and crafting. I truly hope these kids will be given an opportunity to explore whatever talent they have been blessed into a skill which will come in handy when they grow up.


Although I’m back in Singapore now, I never stopped thinking of the children and people I met in Nepal. May all sentient beings in this world are blessed with loving, kindness and compassion.

Andrew
Email : andrewsmith.jack@gmail.com
 

 


 

 
 
   
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