Volunteering in Nepal

Nepal Kathmandu Review Dr. Mark Wohlford Dental Program

Nepal Kathmandu Review is a beautiful country with wonderful people. It was a fabulous experience to share with my wife and daughter. Nepal has changed a lot since my last visit over 20 years ago.

Nepal Kathmandu Review

1.- Hi Tell us about you:

Full name (first and last): Mark Wohlford Age: 58

What do you do (study or work, where): Oral Surgeon

Where are you from (city and country): Evansvive, indiana, USA

Volunteering in Nepal
Volunteering in Nepal

1.1. – Why did you choose to volunteer in Nepal Kathmandu, what program(s) are you doing and why?

Why Nepal: My wife is from Nepal and my daughter had never been.

What program: Dental

Why this program: That is my profession.

2. What was the most surprising thing you experienced while in the program?

Program: The prevalence of caries in children.

Host Family: The host family was very gracious and shared their home.

Country: The economy is expanding. There is construction everywhere.

Review Nepal
Review Nepal

3. What was the most difficult thing you experienced while in the program?

Program: The inability to fulfill all the needs of the patients we saw.

Host Family: I had no difficulties with the Host Family.

Country: Roads and Traffic.

4. Any tips for future volunteers….

Clothing: Wear layers and Comfortable shoes.

Sightseeing: Hire a guide at historical sites. This allows you to get more out of your time.

Laundry/internet: Internet was surprisingly good at the host house.

Nepal Host Family
Nepal Host Family

Gap Year Nepal

5. Other things volunteers should know about:

a.- City/town: There is a lot of dust. Be careful if you have respiratory problems.

b.- Weather: March weather is ideal. Not too hot or cold.

c.- Local People: Very little English spoken on the streets.

d.- Tours: Use tour guides.

6. Personal Paragraph (volunteer program testimonial), detail as possible:

I have volunteered in the United States and in other countries. Nepal is a beautiful country with wonderful people. It was a fabulous experience to share with my wife and daughter. Nepal has changed a lot since my last visit over 20 years ago.

Wohlford Family
Wohlford Family

7. How would you describe your:

Accommodation: Very nice facility with a lot of space and privacy.

Meals (favorite): We eat Nepali food at home and enjoyed the quality and Flavors.

Security: I have never felt so safe traveling internationally.

Host family: It was nice to spend meal times with such a nice family.

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8. What was your memory of this trip?

Program: The monastery was a very special place. I was surprised that it functions as a school/ worship/ orphanage

Host Family: Every morning and night we met with the coordinator and planned. He was very flexible.

Country: The Nepalese people are very gracious and friendly.

Tours Nepal
Tours Nepal

9. How was the local ABV Coordinator, the staff, and the support provided in-country? Be as detailed as possible.

Airport: He was available on time with enough space for everyone.

Orientation day: We were well oriented as to the customs and the program for the week.

Daily Support: Everyday food and transportation were excellent.

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