My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for The Global Mountain Fund Inc, Sandia Park, NM, USA
I volunteered with The Mountain Fund from Jan. 2012 - Jun. 2012 mostly in Helping Hands Community Hospital and several remote villages in the surrounding countryside. It is an amazing charity doing real, lasting good for the Nepali people. Scott and his wife Sunita devote immense time to researching and determining the validity of the groups that The Mountain Fund is involved with so that volunteers can be confident they are actively participating in worthwhile causes. And because they offer so many avenues through which someone may work, a person would be hard-pressed to stay with Scott and not feel like they've accomplished something. As an example, I would balance my extra time either assisting a nearby school (Orchid Garden), helping beginning construction of their abused women's coop farm/housing project (Her Farm), running small clinics throughout the country, or just traveling and exploring. The experience I gained while working with Scott was invaluable and I would thoroughly recommend The Mountain Fund to anyone who wants to do real charity work in an area that desperately needs it.
That being said, I have two warnings for new volunteers in Nepal:
- First, be prepared to live in a third world country while you're there. Nepal, although safe, is limited in it's modern conveniences. Pack appropriately and research the area, climate, etc.
- Second and most importantly, do not come here expecting to be spoon fed opportunities. Although Scott and Sunita work very, VERY hard to meet everyone's expectations during their stay there, ultimately what you get out of the program comes down to you. Be proactive, jump at opportunities when they arise, and I guarantee you'll get more from The Mountain Fund than you can imagine.
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