The Love Company
A wonderful life lesson
Submitted by Yoann - Paris France | April 04, 2016
I've been volunteering for the Love Company for 2 weeks and it has been a very fulfilling experience!
The people on site were all very welcoming and attentive. The children were simply amazing, very smart and outgoing and eager to learn. They really live as a family and treat each other in a very caring way.
Since they were on holiday when I arrived we mostly played sports, we did painting and drawing and played games. So if you're coming mostly to help for their studies I think it would be wise to contact the orphanage before to come at the right time.
I would easily recommend to come to the love Company, I had a wonderful time with very nice people and I've learned a lot from the children, so don't hesitate!
The Love Company
Submitted by Simon - Auckland New Zealand | March 30, 2016
I recently spent just over two months assisting at the Love Company orphanage in Pokhara. I had volunteered there before so I had an idea of what to expect.
The orphanage is home to 16 children aged between 3 and 15. The children all attend the local school, which caters for kindergarten age right through to teenagers. I found it to be very well run. The children are always well-fed, well dressed, clean and most importantly they are happy.
The main responsibilities for volunteers are meeting the children in the morning, getting them ready for school then dropping them off, and then helping with homework after school. The children are fun to be around, very active and intelligent, and genuinely appreciative of our time. I had a great time with them and will really miss them.
Breakfast and lunch are included in the program, as is accommodation at a local guest house (there is a 15-20 minute walk to the orphanage or it is a 300 rupee cab ride). Between 10am and 3pm volunteers have free time to explore Pokhara, second city of Nepal and an adventurer's paradise. Saturday was our day off but there was never a dull moment.
If you are interested in volunteering, and you would like to come to Nepal, I would have no hesitation in recommending Krishna and his team at the Love Company.
Feel the love with the love company
Submitted by Fiona - Cumbria United Kingdom | March 26, 2016
I have just come back from volunteering at The Love Company and it was the best volunteer experience I have ever done. When you first get to Kathmandu it can be a bit unnerving as there is so much going on but as soon as I got to the hotel I had no worries at all. They were so welcoming and made sure I got on the right bus for my journey to Pokhara the next day.
Krishna was waiting at the other end for me and I was taken straight to my hotel before going to the orphanage. As soon as I got to the orphanage the children ran up to me and took my hands. It was like they had always known you. There are 16 children between the ages of 4 and 15 and they are looked after by their house mother. It was so nice to see the older ones helping out. It felt like a proper family home. One of the youngest, Simran, never stopped smiling the whole time I was there.
I had so much time with the children unlike other volunteer placements I have done. I got to take the youngest ones to school and pick them up. They are always so pleased to see you. Then I helped them with their homework before playtime and dinner. I never wanted to leave at the end of the day.
You have some free time to explore Pokhara too and every morning Krishna and his wife give you breakfast at their house.
I went to Nepal on my own not really knowing anything about the country but there is nothing to worry about. The people are so nice it's like they are all taking care of you. If you only volunteer once then make it the Love Company Orphanage. You won't regret it and I can't wait to go back.
Volunteer at The Love Company Orphanage
Submitted by Linda - University student, Germany | February 17, 2016
I was volunteering in The Love Company Orphanage for almost 4 weeks in January/February 2016, and I can say that this was without a doubt an amazing experience. When I first arrived at the orphanage, the children came running towards me, I felt welcome from the very beginning. I took the kids to school every morning at 9:30, and picked up the younger ones at 3. In the meantime you as a volunteer have the opportunity to explore Pokhara, the lake & all the tourist hotspots. After picking up the younger ones from school, I helped them with their homework. I have never seen children who are so eager to learn - so doing homework and teaching them other things about life was always a great thing to do. After that we always had some time to just play, the kids always came up with new ideas and games. At 5:30 in the evening we had Dal Bhat (Nepal's national dish) all together. Krishna (the orphanage owner) & his wife were very kind and served me a nice breakfast every morning in their home. We always had nice conversations and one day I even got the opportunity to learn how to cook Dal Bhat with Krishna's wife. I can highly recommend this volunteer option to anyone who is interested in the Nepali culture & working with children. I felt that my help in the orphanage was highly appreciated . I will definitely come back again.
Pokhara Orphanage Experience
Submitted by Paaras - University College London (UCL) | March 30, 2015
I have been at The Love Company orphanage for just over a week now and it's been awesome. The highlight has got to be the kids themselves, they are AMAZING! Not only do you feel at home the moment you arrive, but you also feel actively involved in the orphanage straight away. I am here during exam times so extra effort must be put in to help with their studies and this is particularly rewarding. Pokhara is fun place to live as it's always lively and there's always new places to eat and fun things to do. The manager of the orphanage Krishna along with his wife are extremely hospitable, welcoming and approachable.