Review Nepal, This was my first volunteer trip, and I think I am now hooked. Seeing the joy on each monk’s face as we did dental exams warmed my soul. I was so overjoyed that I could contribute to their smiling faces. Seeing the amount of dental care the students in the school needed opened my eyes to the importance of dental outreach and began the dialogue in my head about how to serve the world I live in.
Review Nepal Kathmandu
1.- Hi Tell us about you:
Full name (first and last): Manisha Wohlford Age: 20
Full Time Student at Saint Louis University
from: St. Louis, Mo, USA
1.1. – Why did you choose to volunteer in Nepal Kathmandu, what program(s) are you doing and why?
Why Nepal: I choose Nepal because my mom grew up in Nepal and I hadn’t seen the country yet.
What program: The Dental Program
Why this program: I Choose the Dental Program because I want to pursue a career in dentistry. I liked the idea of doing dentistry with my dad in my mom’s home country.
2. What was the most surprising thing you experienced while in the program?
Program: I was surprised at the number of cavities in the school children. Only two of the 300 had teeth without cavities to the naked eye.
Host Family: The host family was very kind. They were very pleasant to talk to. They gave us an insider perspective on the current state of Nepal.
Country: This was my first time in Nepal and I was honestly very surprised by the conditions of the roads and the amount of litter. There were not many beggars, this is unlike big cities in India.
3. What was the most difficult thing you experienced while in the program?
Program: I would have liked to spend more time volunteering in schools and monasteries. I was disappointed that we only did this two of the seven days here.
Host Family: I experienced no difficulties with the host family.
Country: I found myself wanting to pick up every piece of trash I saw, I wish there was a way for me to change littering laws in Nepal. Also, the roads were rough.
4. Any tips for future volunteers….
Clothing: Bring a pair of hiking shoes, flip-flops, tennis shoes. Bring Hiking Pants.
Sightseeing: Go to Kapan Monastery, Pashupatinath, and Swoyambunath
Donations: Brings Books for Library.
Laundry/internet: I was not here long enough to do Laundry, but the internet worked well.
5. Other things volunteers should know about:
a.- City/town: Kathmandu is beautiful and Trip advisor is a great source to use to find out places to explore.
b.- Weather: it was warm in March
c.- Local People: The local People are so nice, don’t need to worry much about theft, use common sense.
d.- Tours: I recommend using a tour guide.
6. Personal Paragraph (volunteer program testimonial), detail as possible:
This was my first volunteer trip, and I think I am now hooked. Seeing the joy on each monk’s face as we did dental exams warmed my soul. I was so overjoyed that I could contribute to their smiling faces. Seeing the amount of dental care the students in the school needed opened my eyes to the importance of dental outreach and began the dialogue in my head about how to serve the world I live in.
7. How would you describe your:
Accommodation: Clean and Spacious.
Meals (favorite): I love the traditional Nepali dinner. Aloo Mattar pickle is my favorite.
Security: I always felt safe.
Host family: Very warm, friendly and accommodating.
8. What was your memory of this trip?
Program: There is a lot of dental work to be done in Nepal.
Host Family: We had great conversations.
Country: I Love Nepal and I will be back for certain.
9. How was the local ABV Coordinator, the staff, and the support provided in-country? Be as detailed as possible.
Airport: The coordinator promptly picked us up from the airport and brought us home.
Orientation day: The orientation was nice, gave a nice overview of what to expect.
Daily Support: Our coordinator helped us plan each day the night before.
10. How was the information you received from ABV prior to
The emails were descriptive. I think future volunteers should learn basic Nepali terms and phrases before coming.
11. Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers about your volunteer experience?
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