Volunteer Nepal: My personal experience in Nepal has been changing. I have been so fortunate to work with nurses in a community hospital who make a difference every day. I truly believe the effort collaborative to bring change to the hospital. Also donate to buy a water dispenser that would bring cleanliness to the nurses and patients.
How was the local Coordinator and the staff and the support provided in-country?
The staff and support was excellent. And he was at the point immediately caught our attention from the first day. I felt safe and well informed. Both Sudhir and his family extended a warm welcome and helped us navigate travel and assimilating into the culture.
What was the most surprising thing you experienced while in the program?
The most surprising thing I experienced was it far exceeded my expectation I was surprised how Our host family welcomed us into their family. I was surprised how welcoming the matron Nurse and staff was at the hospital. Our travels inside Kathmandu and outside were so safe and such an adventure.
What was most difficult thing you experienced while in the program?
The last day at the hospital was difficult because I felt we have established trust with the staff and head nurse. There were many more opportunities to share knowledge with the staff. I know on last day with our host family will the difficult too.
Any tips for future volunteers….(clothing, travel information, packing, sightseeing, donations)
Tips: If travelling in June: bring summer clothes. Don’t pack much, you don’t need it. If you stay at sudhir’s home stay- you won’t need an electronic adapter or a water filter because that is at the home. If you are volunteering in the hospital (community) always be in touch with the matron.
Other things volunteers should know:
Find out ahead by time what they need – for example bring suture set and scrubs. They are in the process of opening an ICU and need a full array of surgical trays.
Travel: Travel like a local – be one with the people. They are kind and friendly. Sudhir will direct you and just do it. Follow his safety instruction.
Highly recommend the Everest flight. Of course the many shines are a must. Smile and talk to the people – be respectful.
For host family: See what they need after arriving and get $5 – $10 per day stay for a gift. Go travel to Niva Nagarkot in (hire a guide for hike and all other arrangement)
Personal paragraph (volunteer program testimonial):
My personal experience as a Volunteer Nepal has been changing. I have been so fortunate to work with nurses in a community hospital who make a difference every day. I truly believe the effort collaborative to bring change to the hospital. Also donate to buy a water dispenser that would bring cleanliness to the nurses and patients.
I am fortunate to have stayed with a wonderful host family that puts family and values first. Thank you for letting me come.
How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security?
The room was beautiful and clean. A locked cupboard was provided. Indoor plumbing was awesome with even a warm shower. Meals were better than eating out at a restaurant. Thank you host family!
What was your memory of this trip?
I loved the mealtime chats at dinner with our host family. We spent hours exchanging idea. I was truly amazed at the temperature. Our trekking day – along the mountain top was unbelievable and finally the Everest flight was spectacular.
How was the information you received from ABV prior to traveling?
Travel information was complete and prepared me.
9. Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers about your volunteer experience?