Testimonials of some selected volunteers:
“Advice to prospective volunteers, especially if you’re not trained: keep it simple and be patient.”
Sarah Kim, Volunteer in our schools in Biswamitra Ganesh Secondary School, Lubhu, Lalitpur and Shanti Primary School, Ramche. Read her experiences here.
“This has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and my only regret is that I didn’t stay longer.”
Clem; Australia (volunteered in Shanti Primary School) Read his experiences here.
“After working at Santi School, I feel like I have family in Ramche. I could hardly walk through the village without someone inviting me to sit down and have a cup of tea or partake in a meal. I wasn’t a stranger or a foreigner, but a cousin, a brother, or an uncle. I gave the people of Ramche a little bit of my time and they gave me everything they had.”
Joe; United States
“I had the most wonderful experience in my life, definitely a life-changing experience. Working and living with such great people changed my way of thinking about Nepal and rural life. Being from a different country and a different religion and living with such unique people gave me the chance to experience real Nepal, such a thing that I would not be able to do if I visited Nepal as an ordinary tourist.”
Mohmmed; Saudi Arabia
“Ramche is a welcoming village that happens to be home to one of the most well-run schooling projects in the country. The Shanti School has changed the fabric of village life by instilling hope that the children of Ramche – regardless of caste, ethnicity, or economic status – are receiving a world-class education. A visit to Ramche, and a stint working at the Santi School, will inspire you – with its awesome beauty, and beautiful simplicity.”
Kyle; United States
“As my knowledge of Nepali grew, also my relations with the kids grew tighter and many of them are settled deep in my heart.… There are so many great moments we shared together. … Try to not put yourself under too much pressure about how much they learn from you in English. They will have English taught by many other teachers and for a longer period than your stay. But in giving them attention and acting in your own personal way, they will benefit a lot.”
Sarah; Austria (Volunteered in Shanti Primary School for four months)
“Being a woman opened many doors for me that would have otherwise stayed closed. I feel very fortunate to have become friends with Rosy, a teacher at the school, and another woman from the village,who accepted me as I am and opened their hearts and homes for me without reservations. I felt at home very quickly.”