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Building in Nepal with Projects Abroad
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Building in Nepal with Projects Abroad

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    9

3 months in Kathmandu

Volunteering with Projects Abroad was the best decision I made, with my 3 months in Kathmandu being the experience of a lifetime. I was supported by Projects Abroad from the very beginning with flights and insurance organised for me as well as being thoroughly briefed on what to expect once I arrived in Nepal. The volunteer community built by Projects Abroad offered 24/7 support in the host family, at the build site and navigating the chaos of Kathmandu and broader cities.
The work was physically challenging however often varied in task and enjoyable. The work environment was always upbeat with music playing to motivate you through cement mixing, bricklaying, sanding and painting. Our onsite coordinator offered constant support, ensuring the overall well being of the volunteers as well as aiding the communication between local staff (engineers and masons etc) and the volunteers.
Weekends were always busy with a host of places to see, the jungles of Chitwan and the beautiful lake side city of Pokhara were great getaways with transport and accommodation organised by Projects Abroad. My time spent in Nepal was truly sensational, Projects Abroad made sure of that and I could not recommend volunteering on one of their projects more highly.

  • Projects Abroad responded to this review November 07, 2017 at 1:52 PM

    Hi Fiona! Sounds like you had an amazing time in Nepal! We like to make your hard work fun with music and varied tasks. Our supervisors are indeed always at hand to help and support you throughout the process. Thank you very much for helping us, your work will be standing in Kathmandu for many generations to enjoy!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Such amazing work

When I first signed up for a trip through Projects Abroad, I was set to spend 7 weeks doing a nursing project. One month before I was supposed to leave, however, Nepal was hit with this horrible earthquake. Projects Abroad helped work with me to make a decision as to how my trip would be altered by this disaster, and in the end I ended up splitting up my time so I would spend my last 3 weeks doing the Disaster Relief Project.
I spent my time in Kathmandu living in a guest house with around 20 other volunteers. My room was shared with three other volunteers, and our floor (with room for 12 people) shared one bathroom. The house was very crowded, but it was really great getting to know all of the volunteers so well, and it gave you a great way to make some amazing friends with people from all over the world. Our host family would make us breakfast and dinner every day, and all of the volunteers would squeeze into one of the three tables in the house and eat together.
Every morning, all of the volunteers would head out in our work clothes, boots, and gloves, to a small group of vans that would take us to our work site. We spent our time building a school, replacing one that had been completely destroyed in the earthquake. Work consisted of building brick foundations and walls, mixing cement, painting, digging trenches, laying flooring, passing buckets of sand, dirt, and bricks, along with other tasks. It's monsoon season in Nepal, so the site was often muddy and wet, but we all made the most of it and had fun with it. The Projects Abroad staff were always on site, helping us out with work, organizing weekend trips, and making sure everyone was comfortable and happy with their trip so far.
Thursdays and Fridays of every week we got to participate in care projects in one of three sites - a children's HIV center, malnutrition/earthquake victim center, or a school - where volunteers would get to go do activities and play with children. It's so much fun being able to go be with these kids, and it's a great break from the hard work on the site.
The Projects Abroad staff would organize trips for volunteers to the two main tourist sites in Nepal, Pokhara and Chitwan National Park, each weekend. In addition, many volunteers would stay right in Kathmandu as well, as there is so much to do and see right in the city. Weekends were such a great time to relax and see the country, as well as spend time with all of the friends you make through all of the time spent together throughout the week
Projects Abroad has created such a meaningful project in Kathmandu, doing such great work in wake of the earthquake. It's amazing watching the progress that is completed, even in just the three weeks I was there. The project is really very organized and going very well, especially for having been put together and started so quickly after the disaster hit. It is really an amazing way to make a difference over in Nepal, and Projects Abroad supports you 100% through it all.

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