Volunteer review Lamario William in Nepal Kathmandu at the PreMed Program
How were the local Coordinator and the staff and the support provided in-country?
Everyone really wanted to see that I was comfortable and able to enjoy myself. I love that everyone just wanted me to love a good time. Everyone is so proud of their beautiful country and there just wanted me to get the best of it.
2. What was the most surprising thing you experienced while in the program?
Everything here is so cheap at many places, $5 bucks worth of food is just too much food.
3. What was the most difficult thing you experienced while in the program?
The pollution in the city can be really difficult to deal with (downtown), it is necessary to wear a face mask, especially when there has not been raining for a while. The dust and emissions could agitate people with allergies.
4. Any tips for future volunteers….(clothing, travel information, packing, sightseeing, donations)
When packing, leave room for souvenirs, or pack things you know that you can leave here. Everyone is really cheap so you bring home some really cool gift.
4.1 Other things volunteers should know:
The food can be spicy. Everyone tastes delicious, but getting used to the spiciness may take a little.
5. Personal Paragraph (volunteer program testimonial):
Nepal is a beautiful country, not just the sites, but also the people and their way of life. The food is absolutely marvelous. I really love that everyone wants to see that your stay. This place can be really relaxing but also action-packed. I definitely recommend.
6. How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security?
Everything was more than I expected. I absolutely love the food. I definitely felt like I was able to keep up with my hygiene, I slept like a baby every night, I never felt unsafe or in danger. Definitely a pleasurable experience through.
7. What was your memory of this trip?
The most important thing I learned here was to be mindful of the resources I use. People get by with so little here, and they are still happy.
8. 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?
I definitely felt prepared for everything. Nothing major was missing. I do not recall seeing anything about bringing house shoes and shower shoes.
9. Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers about your volunteer experience?