OUR VOLUNTEERS TESTIMONIALS AND REAL SUCCESS STORIES IN NEPAL
Afraid. I've never boarded a plane in fear. I wasn't afraid of crashing that's something I never really think about; I was afraid of what I would find once I had landed. What I would witness and experience. I wanted so badly to help to contribute but I was terrified if I was strong enough. The captain made his announcement we landed safely. Haley and I looked at each both our eyes a little glassy and full of fear but told each we got this. The airport was relatively quiet a ghost town, which i suspected. There were only locals on our flight and that had arrived. But it was in tact.
We were greeted by our, now, Nepali brother, "namaste" and for some reason the fear vanished just like that. The drive in my eyes were glued to my surroundings. The media had me prepared for the worst. Granted we arrived a month and a half post "big quake" but I thought I'd see dead bodies and huge craters, mayhem. Buildings stood and people went about their daily life. In the city you wore an extra layer, a layer of dust and dirt- that part may have been post quake. Everyone wore a mask. But the Nepali people are strong and carried on.
I was in awe. Locals greeted us and warmly welcomed us. They were in such high spirits when so much of there's had been jeopardized. It's almost like they spoke with certainty and a grateful heart. Don't get me wrong when some told me stories of their experience when it happened they recalled every detail. What they were doing what they did. What they were thinking. What happened to their home. Their school work their families. But they were alive now.
It was time to be strong and carry on.
It was devastating driving by "tent city" a new neighborhood of the city lined with hundred of blue tarps. This is what people now called home. It was estimated they'd live this way for at least, at least a year and a half.
Prayer ribbons were tied around fallen historical points. History still laid there.
With the help of our friends and family AGAIN, SHOUT OUT to those that contributed to our relief fund. THANK YOU We were able to buy supplies to build a basic tin home for a family of six and their farm animals. We arrived in the valley just outside of katmandu and were welcomed with the biggest smiles. They took us in. Their kitchen was completely outdoors. We all sat together and feasted in the dirt eating by candle and flashlight. The food was amazing tasted like it has been slow cooked for hours in some serious TLC a goodness. It was the first time - and probably the last time- i tried ghee. It was delicious we put it on everything. But it was probably a little too organic for me. Later I would find and come to terms with "Nepali belli". Later that night the family took us out for tea and desert at the local stand on the corner. We laughed the entire night not really having any idea what each other were saying mostly learning new words but these people. I am obsessed. They laugh at everything. It was a hard goodbye.
The city of katmandu is full of so much life. So much beauty. It may be rather dirty but the colors. The expression. I could walk around for days in awe.
Two of our days were spent playing with kids at a local orphanage who moved homes because their previous home was no longer safe to live in. A part of me wants to open a orphanage of my own. Maybe a lot of people say that but those kids. My heart warms just thinking about them. They kept calling us to sister it was precious. Usually I would never show face for just two days or just a week for that matter I think it's harder on the kids but we wanted to see what a portion of our donation went to and wanted to treat them to some ice cream and now we have some lifelong pen pal Nepali little brother and sisters.
The rest of our time was spent volunteering with an amazing organization. Where I was able to contribute to the built of four temporary classrooms made from bamboo for a school the building were split into two classrooms each. There were also days cleaning up debris from homes. Where you actually get to meet the family living there as they bring you out snacks, lunch and smiles. The people that you're working with all day are amazing. What they've done in life already and what they want to do. Their attitude. Their spirits. I was honored to work with such beautiful souls. And it was a good time at that so many laughs. N Who knew I could be so handy with a hammer and shovel. If you're looking to do some volunteer work PLEASE contact me and I'll put you in touch with the right people.
Haley and I stayed with a local family. It was interesting after our Nepali brother gave us insight on the local caste system and stereotypes. Some of it rang true. We were served "breakfast" at 11 and dinner at 8. Rice and dahl all day baby. Hello Nepali belli. We spent a lot of our time trying to communicate with the grandmother who didn't know any English but spoke to us in Nepali anyway, she'd say something and then laugh. A deep cartoonish chuckle. She was adorable.
It was pretty cool living in the area we did felt like we were locals had a fruit lady and where we bought our biscuits- which was a lot. Even had an eye exam for new glasses.
Nepal is a beautiful country. Still. Many of the locals are worried that foreigners will never visit which is terrifying because they depend a lot on the tourism. But hey prices are low right now if you fancy a deal.
Wasn't able to do any trekking this go around but I will be back. Not ready for me this time Himalayas ;) :- Danielle Bushell and Haley Hunter(USA)
Dear FLY Nepal ,
When you think about volunteering in another country, you always expect to get fully involved in the culture of the , meet a lot of local people and learn from this.
With fly Nepal I experienced all of those, sharing my days with nepali people and many other volunteers from all over the world, learning together and sharing different points of view.
We got to see different areas of Nepal. And not just the touristic ones and we realized that this country as beautiful as it is, will never stop surprising us.
Everyone has different and fulfilling surrounded by active and curious and the kindhearted locals.
The possibilities are endless; you can go trekking for a few days paragliding the himalayas, ride a pony in the mountains, visit all the gorgeous temples, Buddhist stupas or monasteries in the area or take a boat and spend you afternoon on the lake with few friends.
Another thing that I will always remember is the raw landscapes of Nepal, everywhere in the country is easy to find wildlife. Every time you look around you can see mountains arising around you and the exotic plants and flowers of Nepal.
In conclusion our days in Nepal will never be forgotten and I will leave this place with a great desire to come back
Monastery volunteer in Pokhara
Thanks again, for everything!
I'm a pharmacy student from South Australia and I first thought of doing medical volunteer work in Nepal when my friend shared his experience in Nepal. Honestly, I didn't know what to expect in the beginning and I was a little scared because I didn't know what was waiting for me. I was sent to Chitwan for my volunteer work and I stayed with the host family for a week. I'm so glad I was arranged to go to Chitwan because I had the most amazing time there. The host family provided me the most comforting environment and did their best to let me experience Nepali culture. Homemade foods were always delicious and if you are open to experience anything and everything Nepali, you will love it. Whenever I visit a house, they will always bring out foods for you and they are very friendly. I made amazing friends that I will keep in contact for life and I will definitely go back to see them again. Regarding my volunteer experience, there were a lot of limitations because as a pharmacy student, we get taught on how to counsel patients but not actual hands-on/practical stuffs. So when I can't speak much Nepali, there weren't so much pharmacy-related work that I could do. So when we figured out that I can't do much volunteer work, my health coordinator tried his best to show me variety of health posts in Chitwan, how the system works and how some free drugs are given at health posts etc. My coordinator and I went out for Dengue fever campaign once, giving out papers and informing the public and it was fun. The nature of the job as a pharmacist has its limitation in a non-English speaking country, so when I come next time, I would rather volunteer at orphanages and teach English etc. Although volunteering experience wasn't the way I expected, I have learned so many things while living with the locals. People in Nepal don't stop smiling no matter how hard things are. It was a great chance for me to learn that I take so many things for granted. It was one of those experience that can be gained only in Nepal and I'm very glad that decided to go to Nepal. Buffalo pooping right in front of you while you are having breakfast was funny, no toilet paper but just water and your hands available in the toilet was more than just a shock but they were all fun times. No air conditioner in such a humid weather made me to appreciate the breeze of nature, no electricity at night made me pay attention to the sound of the night. On my last day in Nepal, I randomly hung out with homeless kids in Thamel, and because I was able to speak little Nepali from the time in Chitwan, I was able to communicate a little and we felt very close. They brought me into tears at the end when I had to say bye, but those kids taught me valuable elements that would help me continue on with my life, and I'm looking forward to see them again. Thank you for having me FlyNepal team, and Namaste!
Medical volunteer in Nepal
Dear Fly Nepal family,
We have to say goodbye Nepal No I think it should be see you.
I have changed all my plan of summer vacation for this trip. Two months ago ,I think I would go to Shenanigan and Qenghae lake with my bicycle team mates, on my vacation. But when I knew about fly Nepal everything has changed. it must be a thing that I need to experience, I told to myself.
After this trip I am glad to tell you it’s a correct choice. Nepal is a beautiful country with beautiful people.
"Slow" This word is all I realized we can walk ,wash and eat slowly. time gets longer than before, it cant experience in china. it's a wonderful.
Today we are leaving; Best wishes to fly Nepal and Bishal …
Volunteer in monastery, Pokhara
Wow! I can't believe that my travels end today. Flynepal was the most amazing way to end my journey and already I am planning my next trip with them. One month can truly fly by. Of course my volunteer experience in Nepal has come with its ups and downs. I spent 2 weeks in a Pokhara orphanage and visited an orphanage in Chitwan. FVO has helped me to learn the universal values of love and compassion. Yes, teaching English is imperative to the Nepali children's future. However I found that the real need in these homes was just another smiling face that feels these children "I CARE"
Sameer- I can't explain how wonderful you are! You have taken everything I have said to you very seriously and have always tried to accommodate to my needs (Such as answering my 1000's of emails before I came!). Because of your organization and welcoming personality ? I felt so culture shock as I entered an Asian country. So simply thank you.
To future volunteers, good luck! There will be tears, laughter and many cups of Masala tea. But a warming Bishal and Sameer's cooking is so delicious. You may develop a dal/bhat belly.
Lots of Love,
volunteer in Orphanage 2014
I have had the most amazing four weeks here in Nepal and I want to thank you both for the part you played in it.
Mero ghar really was a heaven in those first few days when I was shell-shocked by the bustle and noise of Kathmandu and felt like crying because everything was so new and strange.
And now I feel like crying because I have to leave soon!
The three weeks of teaching at the placement have been way too short; it is amazing how quickly I began to care for every single monks. I will miss the little monks; we used to play hide and seek with them for days!
Everyone I met along the way has been so friendly and warm welcoming; living here has taught me a lot about myself and how I want to live my life.
I hope I can come back here at some point and visit monastery again; it's not cheesy but true when I say the young monks really touched my heart.
So thank you again for the delicious dal/bhat, the accommodation, the travel arrangement and everything!
Nepal would not have been the same without you guys.
I wish you all the best and hope to see you again in the future!
4 weeks teaching, July 2011
Flynepal, you are amazing and you are one of the best volunteering organisation in Nepal so far, I have traveled Nepal with several travel company but I always get the worst result. I was always seeking for best one and here you are.I am proud that I was volunteer in Nepal through your organisation,Thanks Biswas, Mahendra,Uma,Utsav & Umange and FVO Team. Highly recommended for flynepal for volunteering in Nepal or any travelling plan to Nepal because its cheaper and affordable for everyone.
Will see you soon!!
Volunteer at Chitwan(Torikhet) in School
Thank you for providing this incredible opportunity for me. It has been truly unforgettable – the joys, the challenges, the laughs and of course digging the car out of the mud on the way to Begnas, Pokhara.The whole volunteering trip was amazing.Thank you Biswas and all FVO team for your all assistance while staying in Nepal.
Hope to see you as soon as possible
Volunteer at orphanage, Pokhara
Affordable volunteering and travelling programs, made me smile till life time and worth for what you pay amazing and outstanding.Highly recommended for volunteering in Nepal.
Volunteer in Nepal at orphanage(Chitwan)
Great organisation and best one.Highly recommended and wish you best of luck for your upcoming days for providing volunteering services towards grassroot level peoples.
Teaching english at chitwan.
For best volunteering experience in Nepal, I would like to recommend Flynepal volunteering org. which is the best volunteer organisation in Nepal, working for poor orphans. Overall, my experience with FVO was outstanding and memorable.
(Volunteer in Orphanage)2013
We just want to say that Mitch and Harley and I had such a fantastic time in Nepal. We loved meeting all the children and found the whole experience amazing. We learnt so much about Nepali culture, traditional way of living and were so impressed by how friendly everybody was, and how warmly we were treated. We gained so much from the exchange and only hope that we managed to give something back in return to orphanage where we placed for volunteering. My host house and family make me felt like a home away from home, and we were very sad to leave host family(baba,aama)and already miss the children!
Mitch & Harley
U.K (Volunteer in orphanage 2008)
Thanks to all FVO for giving me life changing and memorable learning experience. My host family was warm, welcoming, and taught me many things. One of my favourite and best memorable moment was sitting on the balcony with aama and baba, laughing even though we did not speak each others language.
Thumbs up FVO Team, Hope to see you soon very quick.
(Short home stay volunteer in Pokhara 2008)
Great organisation great job!!
Best of luck and looking forward to come back soon because you guys have given me so much to remember.
Highly recommended for all those who want to work as volunteer in Nepal.
Volunteer at monastery at Pokhara 2008
Great experience with orphanage kids, really a life changing experience. Love from orphanage kids and host family was heart touching. I felt really sad to say good bye to them. Hope to come back very soon.
Volunteer in orphanage(2014)
Thank you for this incredible, life changing experience. It is truly only a once in a life time adventure and I am thrilled FVN was part of it. Teaching English to the kid was challenging at the first but overcoming the challenge brought me a better understanding of their life, myself and what it means to be a genuine, kind, loving person, I will miss Nepal and hope to take what I have learned and put it into my daily life's practice!
Again, Sameer, Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I wish FVN the BEST of luck and look forward to watching it grow!
With Love Peace,
Teaching placement at monastery, 4 weeks, April 2009
I can truly and honestly say this has been the most inspiring and amazing 1 month of my life, Thank You to everyone at FVO Nepal ,you are all doing a fantastic job. From the first minute I arrived in Nepal I knew I was going to have an unforgettable experience. Will be back again very soon for another broad move.
Teaching program volunteer(2014)
I can't believe my stay in Nepal is over for this time. For sure it is going to be strange to come home after more than three months with so many experiences.
Nepal is F_cking Awesome!! Thank u Biswas and FVO team.
Will be back very soon :)
Volunteering in Orphanage in Pokhara
"To ease another's heartache is to forget one's own"
- Abraham Lincoln