Testimonial


Franceisco and Daniele

Franceisco and Daniele On my volunteering experience:


My volunteering placement in Pharping (19 km from Kathmandu) was exactly what I was looking for: an opportunity to impact someone’s education and learn about Nepali and Tibetan cultures. Buddhist Learning Centre is a wonderful place for students aged 6-20 to grow and become responsible citizens, a...

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Italy

Marian Wang

Marian Wang Dear Matrika,

I wanted to thank you very much for your help in buying the best gifts. Today, I met my students and shared the Indian sweets with them. That was the most AMAZING thing I have ever eaten. Light and fluffy with spices, yet not too sweet. Thank you for choosing that. Next time, I should buy more! I was so impressed by the ta...

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Canadian, Living in Japan

Melissa Yeung

Melissa Yeung Hi Matrika,

How are you? Things are good on my end - busy with work but thinking back on my experience in Nepal a lot.

I'm in the middle of logging my volunteer hours with VSSN. Could you send me some details that I can use to recognize those hours wiht my company and get a donation match situated? The info I will need are...

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USA

Sam Razzak

Sam Razzak Hi Matrika,



Just letting you know that I have arrived home safely and I would like to thank you for organising my time in Nepal. I had really good time, both teaching and trekking, and it will surely be a trip that I remember for the rest of my life. Hopefully (maybe in a few years, once I've saved up some money!) I will be...

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London, U.K.

Jenny Lee

Jenny Lee How are you? I was one of your volunteers with the VSSN program this past January. I was placed with a School in Thecho. I am just writing to touch base as I am planning to revisit Kathmandu through VSSN sometime in the future.

I am also currently considering the option to send some children's books to the orphanage in Thecho (I found t...

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Hawai, USA

Ann Mayeda

Ann Mayeda Dear Matrika,

I hope this find you well.

Thank you for all your help during our study tour. The students really enjoyed the experience and came back to Japan a little wiser and serious about their studies. In fact, the threesome, Kumi, MIsato and Moe all joined my course this spring and want to be teachers. And they have ...

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Kobe, Japan

Marie-Christine Joslyn

Marie-Christine Joslyn Hello Matrika,

I am now back in Paris with my family but my mind is still in your beautiful country.
Thank you for welcoming me and making my stay a pleasure. You organized everything very well and I appreciated it very much.
The language lessons were extremely helpful, especially in the countryside.
Even if I could ...

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Paris, France

Lonnie Hackett

Lonnie Hackett My Time in Nepal:
As I sit down to write about my summer, it’s hard to believe my 12 weeks in Nepal is already over and that views of the Himalayas and rice paddies have transformed into images of highways and cities of America. My experience in Nepal proved to be everything I had hoped for. The trip provided invaluable experience in rura...

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USA

Julia Werle

Julia Werle I had a fantastic time in Nepal!
Living in the village Chapagaun was much more comfortable than in the big and busy capital Kathmandu. My hostfamily was very friendly and open-minded, always supported and helped me. They really know how to host newcomers and made me feel welcome. But it hasn’t only been my hostfamily, who made my stay smoot...

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Germany

Dr. Zavori Laszlo

Dr. Zavori Laszlo I stayed for two fantastic months in Nepal. It was rainy
season, but -what to do- the summer is the only season when I have no
university. When I arrived, I was shocked by the so different culture,
but it took only a short time to feel comfortable in the Nepali crowd.
/Matrika helped a lot in this .../ I think that only the ...

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Hungary

Audrey Chow

Audrey Chow I had an absolutely wonderful time in Nepal! The people are so kind and welcoming, and I have learned so much. VSSN was extremely supportive and seamlessly provided the flexibility and guidance that allowed me to make the most of my experience. Nepal is such a unique and culturally rich country, and my health clinic placement in a pleasant village ...

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California, USA

Emily Shuttleworth

Emily Shuttleworth A huge thank you for organizing my wonderful volunteering experience in Nepal! You are a very kind person and I couldn't have wished for a better leader to make sure I was safe, happy and comfortable 100% of my stay. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in both the hospital and getting the chance to travel around your beautiful country :)!

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Manchester, England

Sheena Lam

Sheena Lam Namaste, Kasto chha?

Hope you are well! I am doing fine. I have managed to print the pictures out for the host family. The next time you visit Chapagaun, I would be grateful if you could pass these on to the host family. How are the volunteers doing? I hope we can keep in touch about what’s happening with the orphanage and how the chi...

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England

Amy White

Amy White Hi, How are you? and how are your wife and children doing? Its so cold in England there is so much snow its crazy. Sorry I had to rush off when I saw you Monday, it was nice to have a beer and catch up. So here is the few scentences you wanted for your website (I restrained myself from writing too much but feel free to add anything I've missed or a...

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Surrey, England

Agnieszka Jochlik

Agnieszka Jochlik Hello Matrika!

Thank you for hour help, hospitality and everything you did for me. Nepal was the greatest experience in my life! If I didn't have my own child and family, I would stay there longer! I felt fantastic in my host family, I was really lucky! And the students at schools were lovely and nice. At Emerald's school I loved lesso...

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Poland

Sarah David

Sarah David Hi all! I’m very happy to give you my feedback on my time in Nepal.

The first days in Kathmandu were great. The routine of Nepali classes in the morning and sight seeing in the afternoon helped me a lot to settle down and to feel at ease. Then I was sent to this amazing and beautiful area in the south of the Kathmandu valley where I s...

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France

Ella Flambures & Shelby Peterson

Ella Flambures & Shelby Peterson Hello Matrika! Well, Shelby and I made it safely back to California, and it's nice to be home. Nepal was the craziest, funniest, biggest adventure we've ever been exposed to! We have to admit we miss Nepal and we will always remember this experience. Thank you so much for everything, we really appreciate you coordinating our trips and placement ...

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Fresno, Canada

Polina Eremenko

hi All!!

just wanted to say a big thank you for everything once again. i would like to notice that the way you had organised everything was perfect. really, i had the greatest time. so i wish you lots of luck in your further work and if you ever decide on coming to Russia - just give me a call! and we'll try the real Russian vodka as we...

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Russia

Randy

Randy Thanks very much for the photos. They are much appreciated and I will see what I can do as far as getting sponsors for a few other children, but as I said before, I can't promise. I naturally hope to share my expriences with a lot of my family and friends in any case.
Thanks again, for making my stay in Nepal comfortable and worthwhile, as we...

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From USA living in Japan.

Elaine Kow

Elaine Kow Hi,

As promised i have written a small paragraph about my placement:

I volunteered at a monastery near Pharping for one month directly through VSSN. The program was well organised and took care of any concerns about coming to a new country. The children in the Monastery and local school were very willing to learn and want to...

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Sydney, Australia

Kunihiro Muto

Kunihiro Muto I actually was looking to do a construction project at first but since there weren't enough people I decided to teach instead.I never taught a class before and I thought it would be very difficult. Especially because I don't like handing out discipline and my spelling is horrible (I had to pull out my Nepali-English book and pretend like I was look...

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USA

Maia and Nat

Maia and Nat My friend Natalie and I spent a month at the Primary health care clinic in Chapagoun a suburb of Kathmandhu. From our very arrival the staff at VSSN were there to help us to get settled, answer our questions and ensure our transition to Nepal went smoothly. Natalie and I had worked as nurses in Canada for one year (in Cardiology and Neurosurgery re...

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Canada

John Castleberry (Emma Castleberry)

John Castleberry (Emma Castleberry) Email from Emma's father:

Hello Matrika, Thank you for taking care of Emma. Her placement at the monastery was a great fit for her. She fell in love with the boys and the joy and compassion that she experienced during her time in Nepal has affected her profoundly.
She is determined to return to your country. I hope to be able to j...

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U.S.

Emily Stein

Emily Stein Hello Ram and Matrika!, Namaste!

I have made it safely and sleeplessly back to new york and while it's quite the adjustment, it's good to be home. Although, i'm completely homesick for Nepal, hearing the language, speaking Nepali - just the smells in the air, i miss!

I want to thank you both for all your guidance, humor, ins...

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New York, USA.

Silvia Sartori

Silvia Sartori Hi Matrika, eventually I made it back "home"; the trip was a bit longer than expected but i killed the time practising a bit of sanskrit ;-) and guess what? they didn't find my name on my last flight but luckily I managed to solve the problem right away and it is somehow strange to be back to my Chinese life. In the next few days I'd like to write ...

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Postioma, Italy.

Mr. John Bayley

Our volunteering experience had three main phases; a construction project plastering a wall, teaching in a government school, and teaching in a private school. I enjoyed the variety of experiences, as well as the chance to see different areas of Nepal from city to village. VSSN provided an excellent introduction to Nepal with cultural and linguisti...

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Bookham, Surrey, UK.

Miss. Alyson Petra Owens


John and I volunteered with VSSN for 2 months, and we have had a fascinating and rewarding experience. We helped to finish a wall-construction project at Chapagaon health centre, and taught at a local government secondary school. We stayed with Ram Krishna, the manager of the primary health-care centre, and were able to see the great benefi...

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Surrey, UK.

Feia Hemke

Feia Hemke As a medical student from Holland, used to big white well-arranged hospitals I wanted to do something else and decided to do my gynecology internship in Nepal. VSSN proved to be a good mediator and helped me with finding the right hospital. But not only with an hospital. They were helpful with my whole feeling home in Nepal progress. It started wit...

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Utrecht, Holland.

Mr. Arthur Moore

I was working as an English teacher at one of the monasteries in a town called Bhaktapur not far from Kathmandu. My day consisted of getting up at a civilised hour, around 9.00am and eating breakfast at a leisurely pace before going to an Internet cafe to send and receive emails. I then spent time looking around that amazing town. It is full of te...

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Castle Hill, Australia

Bilyana Iliykova

Bilyana Iliykova Hi Matrika,

I've also published a little part of my pics online so if anyone is interested here is the link: http://picasaweb.google.com/dakinib/Nepal

I was just watching Bill's pics, they're amazing, really good pics he has.

How are you any way? how are all your activities going? Hope all is well and I'll hear f...

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Bulgarian but living in the UK

Bill Thanhouser

Bill Thanhouser It feels so strange to be back in the United States! I miss Nepal already and can't wait to find an excuse to come back and visit again. My trip transcended all my initial expectations. Volunteer Service and Support Nepal (VSSN) is accommodating and incredibly organized. I got to see and do everything I wanted, and then some, all thanks to your hel...

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Portland, USA

Matthew Steiner

Matthew Steiner The VSSN village build programme was excellent. My favorite activity in the programme was the physical side of the wall construction and living with local family. It is the best way of learning about different people and their culture. Food was excellent but unusual to western tastes. Village is very beautiful and people are very friendly and alway...

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Hampshire, England

Mr. John & Mrs. Mavis Briscombe

People are welcoming, friendly and hospitable and good. Every thing seemed to run like clockwork which is good in this programme. Very comfortable accommodation made most welcome. It's been a great opportunity to be a part of this scheme. We have learned to work together as a team in harmony and to appreciate the cultures and traditions of Nepal. I...

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Pannal Harrogate Yorkshire, England

Brain Lydon

Brain Lydon VSSN programme is very rewarding and it was my great experience. Introduction with the local builders and people was my favorite activity. I was not used to eat so much food but it was always nice. Local people in the village are very friendly and staying with the family was very enjoyable and good experience. The programme met my expectations, I l...

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Comayo, Ireland

Harriet Rilay

Harriet Rilay I knew VSSN program via Imaginative Traveller UK. I found the programme excellent, well organized and fulfilling. VSSN program exceeded our expectations. Working at the Health center and understanding their vital role in the community was my experience. Local family is really great, very welcoming and hospitable who provided us food and accommodati...

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Manchester, UK

Sarah Jane Parker

Sarah Jane Parker Thank you so much for all your help. You and your wonderful program VSSN have enabled me to experience such a beautiful country with such amazing people and fascinating history and culture. I do not know that I can ever thank you enough! I had an amazing time with Ram Krishna's family and also working at the clinic where learned from experiences, I...

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Peachtree City, USA

Contact Address

Volunteer Service & Support Nepal
Dhumbarahi, Kathmandu.
GPO Box: 8974 CPC 478
Kathmandu, Nepal

Email

matrika@volunteer-nepal.org
volnepal@gmail.com

Contact

Matrika Rijal
(+977) 98510 48497