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Volunteering with children in Pokhara, Nepal with PoD

Lizzie volunteered in Nepal at a Child Care centre and street children's centre in Pokhara, Nepal earlier this year.

"I had a wonderful time with PoD in Nepal and would highly recommend it to anyone. You really get to see the benefit of the work you do and bringing happiness and smiles to the children you work with is so rewarding. Chrissy and Phil are a fantastic support and Bindu and her family make you feel so welcome at her house, I really didn't want to leave! Overall it was a wonderful experience and I'm so glad I volunteered with PoD. The staff at the UK office were also fantastic, Gemma gave me so much support and answered all of my questions. I couldn't have asked for a better experience.

Describe your typical day:

There was no typical day for Lizzie on her placement in Nepal with PoDThere is no typical day really, which is what I really enjoyed. Each day is different! Some days I would be helping the children with their alphabet and numbers, other days we would be learning about animals and colours, practicing handwriting or singing nursery rhymes!

What did you find most rewarding?

I found getting to know the children really rewarding and it was lovely helping them to learn by assisting with class activities. It was also great to interact with the children during playtime and share in their energy and enthusiasm!

What did you find most challenging?

I would say that perhaps the language barrier could be challenging sometimes when trying to communicate with the children but you find a way around and the language lesson that is included at the start of the placement is very useful.

What advice would you give others considering doing this placement?

Always have an open mind and be flexible. Have fun and enjoy it. You only get out as much as you To make the most of a gap year experience you must be prepared to muck in.put in, so prepare activities and come with ideas of what you can contribute.

Why do you think others should volunteer abroad?

Volunteering abroad is a great way of experiencing a different culture. You get to interact with local people directly and you make a positive impact on a community at the same time, which is a really rewarding feeling. You also get to meet lots of lovely people and will leave with lasting memories.

Why did you choose PoD?

I chose Pod because I really liked everything I read on the website. Everything was so well organised, and the help and support you get from the start with Pod continues throughout your volunteering journey. I felt really secure and comfortable knowing I was in such safe hands.

Enjoying a meal at the orphange in Nepal with PoDWould you recommend PoD to your friends?

Yes"

 

If you would like to find out about volunteering in Nepal with PoD please visit our orphanage project page http://www.podvolunteer.org/Nepal/volunteer-nepal.html

If you would like to apply for a place volunteering with PoD in Nepal please visit http://www.podvolunteer.org/how-to-apply.html

 

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