Volunteer Name: Annelies Adolf
Project location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Program Dates: Sept 2nd - 16th 2015    
Volunteered at: Community Hospital

How was the local Coordinator and the staff and the support provided in-country?
My local coordinator, the staff at Community Hospital were very helpful and supportive in my learning of their culture & helping them if I ever had a question they were to answer it .

What was the most surprising thing you experienced while in the program?
I knew that sanitation & hygiene here in Kathmandu was poor but it was far worse than I imagined.That alone was culture shock.

What was most difficult thing you experienced while in the program?
The most difficult things that I experienced other than the crazy microbuses was definitely the dust & dirt & pollution in the air. I was forced to wear a mask every time I left the house.

Any tips for future volunteers….(clothing, travel information, packing, sightseeing, donations)
-Bring like 4-5 passport photos.
-Don’t be afraid to immerse yourself in Nepali Cultures.
-Practice Bargaining.
-Do the language immersion I wish I had!
-Sudhir knows all the best sightseeing places so ask him.

Other things volunteers should know:
-Do listen to Sudhir when he says a restaurant not hygienic .I saw many volunteer from other companies at a place he denied “unclean”and ended up sick.
-Travel or volunteer with a buddy .It was difficult being the only volunteer here.
-Nepali people are pretty used to tourist & treat you well. That was a comfort.
-Have confidence to do work while you are here.
-Sanitation may be very poor in Kathmandu but it is very good at the Homestay!
-Your homestay family DOES speak English.

Personal paragraph (volunteer program testimonial):
ABV provided me with all the information I needed and best of all they were affordable. I will definitely recommend ABV- Nepal to anyone looking to volunteer AND if I want to volunteer again I will be looking ABV for it.                                                           

How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security?
The meals will be something that I will miss terribly Sarita knows now to cook!  I always felt safe here. The accommodations were wonderful. The beds are firm but great! The Bathroom is clean & separate from the family bathroom.  

What was your memory of this trip?
My memory of this trip to Nepal will be a great one! I learned a lot about the Hindu culture & the Nepali Culture I took part in Krishna Teej celebrations. My memory will be full of adventure with a tiny side of poor sanitation.

How was the information you received from ABV prior to traveling? (Emails, website, support) was there anything missing or should be included to prepare other volunteers?
There is some information that does not align between the website & the orientation guide that I had to question. The support and emails were extremely helpful in preparing me for my trip. Get your visa when you get to Kathmandu. It is easy.

Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers about your volunteer experience?
I am willing to talk with potential ABV volunteer about my experience here in Nepal.  Let them know that I will be in school  and that I will reply @ my earliest convenience and in subject tell them to write ABV Q & A”

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