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A great experience
Submitted by Alastair Skeffington - Potsdam Germany | May 11, 2018
I would highly recommend volunteering with HELP in Nepal. Unlike many organisations, they have the needs of the local people at heart. Hence the minimum time period of 6 weeks for assignments and no excessive fees for the volunteer - giving you the best chance of making a difference in the community. As a small organisation the approach is very personal and their schools are carefully selected to maximise the impact of your visit. I enjoyed my first placement near Kathmandu so much that i came back a few years later and did another near Pokhara. I highly recommend HELP!
Program: Volunteer in Rural Nepal
Submitted by Marco - Fontys university of applied science | May 05, 2018
This is to far to much to describe. I have never had such a great experience as this, all because of the love the children give me. Although I was there for a short term, it felt that I know the children in the village and the school for years. It good to spend a lot of time with the children, playing football, volleyball and frisbee before school and during break time. I never said no when someone asked me to walk to another village, and the people are happy to point at animals, plants, villages and houses, telling me about their names in Nepali, and which students live where.
Program: Volunteer in Rural Nepal
Teaching in Indian Himalayan foothills through HELP
Submitted by Anna Johns - Inverkeithing Scotland | December 12, 2017
We were in India in the Spring and had a wonderful time. HELP are an excellent organisation to go through. All contact with them was very personal and efficient. What they offer are genuine opportunities to make a difference to and work directly with rural communities. This is not voluntourism! The support we received before we left the UK was comprehensive, useful and equipped us well for our time in India. Their costs were very reasonable and we particularly liked being involved in how our personal donation to the school was spent.
SASA is situated is a stunning mountainous location a day's drive from Dehradun. The school consists of around 200 bright, enthusiastic and courteous children and a warm and welcoming staff of about 10. We taught in the region of 4 hours a day and expectations of us were realistic. We were accommodated in a private room on the school campus with a terrace outside our door over looking the valley and hills. All meals were cooked for us by the lovely Punita who always made sure we were comfortable and who became a great friend.
I would highly recommend this experience where it was easy to feel part of the fascinating Garhwali culture. We often visited the local people for chai and chat giving us the chance to learn more about their way of life. We also visited the other local schools and went to an traditional wedding where we were welcomed with opened arms and treated like stars.
Have no doubt volunteering with HELP will be an experience you'll remember and thrive on forever.
Program: Volunteer in North-West India
A program focused on its mission
Submitted by Paul - Minneapolis United States | June 30, 2017
Some NGOs and companies work to improve lives, schools and communities around the world, and then there are some that are doing quite the opposite. I've worked as a volunteer twice with Himalayan Education Lifeline Programme, and I can say without a doubt that this organization is one of the best out there. During six months of travel and volunteering in India, I occasionally ran into volunteers from other NGOs, and sometimes the comparison was stark. One volunteer explained how disheartened she was by the lack of beneficial impact her for-profit company was making. She had just completed a stint of four weeks in Nepal and described the work as “Fluff.” On another occasion, I personally witnessed another organization's group arrive at a school armed. A big van pulled up, and a group of high-spirited volunteers armed with cell phones and ipads poured out and spent a few hours playing with the children, constantly taking pictures and posting them to Facebook before leaving. The kids certainly had fun, but any focus on schoolwork was impossible for the remainder of the day, not to mention the hours of class time missed to provide the volunteers with a feel-good experience.
The organization you choose can make a world of difference one way or another. I looked at many different possibilities before making my choice, and I am completely thrilled that I chose HELP.
Firstly, HELP doesn't try to mix volunteer work with a beach/zip line/parasailing/white water rafting/etc vacation. I had some exciting adventures and traveled when the school was out for a break, before and after my months of teaching, but HELP keeps its mission of improving education in Himalayan communities front and center while school is in session. I felt my time in the classroom was effective and focused.
Secondly, HELP has no paid positions. From the volunteer teacher to the executive director, everyone is donating their time and money. I am confident that the relatively low fees I paid were used most efficiently to benefit the communities where HELP works. Additionally, 100% of the money I spent for food and lodging with my homestay family helped to support them and the local economy.
Thirdly, the founder and directors of HELP utilize relationships with Indian and Nepali citizens built over four decades to identify needs, allocate resources and ensure that the work they're doing is effective and enduring. When I sat down to have tea with people in the village this past spring, they told me how the volunteers have been so helpful over the years. They explained how their children's knowledge of English improved, but also their knowledge of the world outside of their village. As I walked to the bazaar, people sought me out to ask where I’m from and to tell me how the volunteer teachers over the years benefitted them, their children or their village. I have worked at both a new school where I was the first volunteer and a school that has had HELP volunteers since its founding in 2002, and HELP’s impact over the years is plain to see in both the students and teachers.
I've been a teacher in the United States for 20 years, and I can confidently say that Himalayan Education Lifeline Programme is one of the best organizations out there. If you want to have an experience that is life changing for both you and the children you work with, consider volunteering with HELP. I'm glad I did.
Program: Volunteer in the Indian Himalayas!
Volunteer teaching in Nepal
Submitted by Volunteer in Nepal - United States | June 25, 2017
HELP is a good organization. Its goals are clearly stated. There is not a big superfluous infrastructure. It is an organization that I can trust. Although I did not need much logistical support, I felt that HELP would have provided such support if I had needed it. They truly have the Nepali people's welfare first and foremost.
Program: Volunteer in Rural Nepal