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Nepal Orphans Home Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Homeless & Housing, Housing & Shelter, Human Services, Residential Care & Adult Day Programs

Mission: Nepal Orphans Home attends to the welfare of children in Nepal who are orphaned, abandoned, or not supported by their parents. NOH provides for the children’s basic needs of food, shelter, and clothing, as well as schooling and health care, and administers to their emotional needs with love and compassion, allowing them to grow up in a nurturing environment. Our mission is not just to rescue children from abject poverty, but to enable the children to develop and realize their potentials.

Results: In 2020 Nepal Orphans Home (NOH) began its sixteenth year of operations, providing for 47 children in Papa’s House, as well as supporting 26 adolescents attending college preparatory classes and funding the higher education of another 31 young adults enrolled in grades college and university. Nearly half of the children are former Kamlari girls rescued from past indentured servitude. The Chelsea Education and Community Center (CECC) began its eighth year of academic enrichment and life skills training for the Papa’s House children and its sixth year of free literacy classes to local women in the community of Dhapasi. Volunteer Nepal (VN) hosted forty international volunteers for service to the poor in Nepal and NOH Outreach continued to provide assistance to the less fortunate throughout Nepal.

Programs: Teaching, Medical Assistance, Community Outreach, Orphanage Assistance, Cultural Exchange

Community Stories

66 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Manon P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visited NOH for the first time in 2011. I was barely 20 and had just lost my mother.
Meeting the children, staff and Papa was an absolute transformative, healing and empowering experience. I have been going back ever since! I am lucky enough to have seen the children grow over the years, some into adults! The great care and love the children experience there is unbelievable.
On top of receiving support, a safe home and quality education, they get to develop their creativity or find their passion, may it be tae kwon do or arts, it will happen!

Going there you get to learn about the country, the culture, you can push (and find!) your limits in a safe environment. You will be guided by qualified, friendly locals. Wether you want to stay in the valley or join a placement in a more remote area, NOH will take you there ! You will do good and you will receive A LOT in return. I know I have. NOH is my family and I feel so lucky to have crossed their paths.

You also get to meet people from all over the world, of every horizon so you don't just get to learn about Nepal..But about the world in general too !


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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last year, as a 15 year old high school student, I visited Nepal for the first time as a volunteer for Nepal Orphans Home. I spent two weeks volunteering with the children and at many of Nepal Orphans Home’s outreach programs. I hosted a knitting workshop, a bingo night, a book talk, and spent many afternoons just hanging out with the NOH kids. I had such a fun time connecting with the children and have created friendships that I hope will last a lifetime. Volunteering at Nepal Orphans Home was one of the best experiences of my life and I would recommend it to anyone interested in making a difference.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first volunteered with Nepal Orphans Home in 2011 while I was in high school. Being immersed in a culture completely different from my own seemed a little overwhelming at first, but I was immediately met with smiling, friendly faces from Nepal Orphans Home. During my three week visit, I was able to connect with the children of NOH, helping them with their homework, dancing, playing games, and creating friendships that would last longer than I could have imagined. I also had the opportunity to visit many of their outreach programs within the Kathmandu Valley, such as visiting a baby orphanage and bringing fruit and presents to a children's hospital. I have returned to Nepal four additional times to volunteer with this Orphanage, and each time I create more memories and make more connections. Visiting Nepal is always the highlight of my year and I cannot wait until I am able to visit again. The people of Nepal and the beauty of the country make every visit extremely memorable.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been visiting Volunteer Nepal/Nepal Orphans Home (VN/NOH) annually since 2011. I am very impressed with the organization's commitment to the Nepali people and their compassionate staff. The staff of Volunteer Nepal is professional, knowledgeable, and understands the needs of an international volunteer. There are many placements to choose from that can be tailored to your interests/skills. A bonus to volunteering with VN/NOH is the opportunity to spend time with the children of NOH. The children are very welcoming and excited to get to know the volunteers. They are such happy, well-adjusted children despite having had tough childhoods. It has been a pleasure watching them grow up over the years and to spend a part of each April with them. I recommend this organization to anyone wanting to make a difference in the lives of children in Nepal. I have gotten so much out of volunteering there.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a Nepali-American, it has been an extremely gratifying experience for me and my family to be involved with NOH and to give back to the community. Since our involvement in 2016, my wife and i have helped organize workshops for the students and mentored the teachers at the Chelsea Center. My daughters, likewise, have helped set up the library and assisted with the conversational English classes for the women of Dhapasi. Our annual trips back to Nepal have taken a very special meaning. We continue to look forward to being back with family; now we are equally excited to be back in Dhapasi and spend time with the children and the other volunteers of NOH. There are many charitable organizations that operate in Nepal but very few that are as purposeful, impactful, and efficient as NOH. We look forward to being back again...as soon as travel resumes after COVID.

Board Member

Rating: 4

The best experience of my life was visiting NOH in 2016 for a week for volunteering. After that I became a part of NOH.

The NOH kids get personalized attention and care. Each child feels himself/herself important because of the way he/she is being treated and raised. Mike Hess, the founder has a personal bonding with the kids and with the staff members as well. The Chelsea center is helping a lot to the community women and they enjoy coming there everyday. I also had the privilege to teach in Chelsea center in Feb '20 as a volunteer that was a memorable experience in my life which I wish to continue visiting more often.

I wish all the success in the noble initiative that Mike erected and was moved forward by Peter, Carola, Boo, Liz , Ann and many more who brought NOH to this height.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Nepal Orphans Home since 2015 with annual trips there and continuing projects from abroad. What stands out the most for me with the organization is its integrity. There are many unscrupulous charities operating in Nepal, but without a doubt, every decision that is made and every action that is taken is guided by the question of "what is best for those we serve." NOH not only serves it's children very well, but also continues to support them through their higher education and transition to full independence. Through their Chelsea Center, they provide educational support and additional life skills training, and also provide free classes to over 200 local women each day. NOH prefers to support children within their family/village homes as much as possible, and only takes in children who truly have no other good options for a healthy childhood. The children of NOH are loved and that is reflected daily in the kindness and smiles that they share with those whom they meet. A five star organization all the way.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had such a great time volunteering with volunteer Nepal! I can only give my best recommendations. The people are so nice and welcoming and very friendly. You get the chance to go to a lot of difference places to be with children in every age. And they make it very easy for you. I will definitely come back and volunteer again.

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1 Tanya N.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NOH is not just a non-profit, it truly functions like a family. A family that cares, protects, supports, and strives for growth. NOH supports Papa's House (a children's home) and also runs a volunteering program. I have had the opportunity to meet all the volunteers that have come to Nepal in the past six months, and have also been working with the children of Papa's House.

The stories, about people, I have heard during my time at Papa's House have been deeply inspiring. I have met young girls that were rescued from indentured slavery, met children that were abandoned at birth, and children that were separated from their families. Despite the seriousness of their back stories, when you meet the children of Papa's House, you will always feel warmth and positivity radiating from them. It is amazing what NOH does to ensure that the children keep smiling, receive good education, and are well-supported to lead meaningful lives in the future.

The volunteers that come to Nepal through NOH are also wonderful. I live at the volunteer house and so have had the chance to meet volunteers from all over the world, from diverse backgrounds, with a common desire to add value to society. It is interesting to see that there is no general description of a volunteer, a volunteer could be high school student, an experienced educator, or someone that has worked in corporates their entire life. All the volunteers have amazing stories to share and become a part of the NOH family once they come to Nepal.

NOH creates positive impact through Papa's House and the volunteering program in the lives of many Nepali people and children. I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to work with people who genuinely care about making an impact and mindfully reflect to ensure that their actions have the best consequences.

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1 Ilona H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization! Volunteered as a doctor for 2 months at a smaller community hospital and a rural health post. Everything ran smoothly and got a warm welcome!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was able to volunteer with Nepal Orphans Home in 2014. I was young at the time but it was a remarkable experience. Meeting the children at the different homes was wonderful. Each volunteer was a pleasure to meet and work with. During my time with Nepal Orphans Home I met so many unique individuals bringing their experiences and backgrounds to the organization. Kathmandu is a fascinating place and well worth exploring. I highly recommend this organization if you're looking for a wonderful volunteer experience.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

It has been an absolute joy and privilege to have been able to work with Nepal Orphans Home for the past few years. They are a remarkable organization and they have had a deep impact in the community -- even beyond their work providing a caring and compassionate upbringing for so many truly wonderful children. The Chelsea Education and Community Center Program (which provides vocational training classes to children and women in the local community), for example, has been a profoundly successful effort. The joy and dedication evident in both the students and the teachers is truly uplifting.

Over the years I have had the opportunity to volunteer, to visit, and to work directly with the programs that NOH has established in Kathmandu. You will never find a more dedicated and compassionate group of people -- nor a more promising, good-hearted, and bright group of kids. The time that I have spent there is among the most personally rewarding experiences of my life.

I could share a thousand individual moments, interactions, and experiences that made my time with NOH feel meaningful -- from teaching English conversation classes to accompanying volunteers to village placements to having lunch with the kids. But instead I feel that I can only recommend that you go and visit -- and see how profoundly it affects your life and outlook as well!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Nepal Orphans Home and Volunteer Nepal are amazing organizations! I have been to Nepal with them a few times and love it more every time. The staff members are extremely knowledgable about the volunteer placements and make it feel like home. Volunteering with NOH is always an amazing eye opening experience. I recommend it for everyone!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Personally, coming to the Himalayan range was a life goal since I was a child; having the help
from Volunteer Nepal to achieve and empower this dream was a blessing.
After arriving in Kathmandu I was perfectly clear where I would g: Bigu, a Tibetan Nunnery near
the Gaurishankar protected region. The isolation and mountain (Nepali call them hills since
mountains are 5000+ meters ) views would be my main goals to sink in.
Himal made plans to leave the volunteer house at 5 am, catch the local bus at 5:30 and arrive in Singati in
the afternoon. After arriving in Singati, we caught a local jeep that took us to the base of a
mountain near the last river crossing. We started to hike at 5pm and arrived in the monastery at
8.30, one and a half hour after sunset. During the monsoon season, these hills become infested
with leeches and they do their job really well. They stick on you, they walk on you and they suck
your blood if you’re not aware of their presence. Despite the discomfort nothing major
happened.
The next day was a rest day; after meeting Suchitra she invited me to join her on a hike to
DevDhunga with the local people. They were celebrating the holiday by going to DevDhunga
offering something in return for their wishes. I woke up at 4, left at 4:15 and, after climbing for 4
hours, we reached our goal in the top of the hill where a big rock (dunga) lays with a small
shrine below. The mist had set in so the views weren’t great, but the feeling of accomplishment
and happiness were not suppressed by this. After the strenuous climb, the descent was also not
easy; as it is common in Nepal, many steps separate the low mountains from the high hills.
The plan was to teach English at the Nunnery however, as each man has their luck, my own
was about to surface. One of the Guru, Jampa, had a problem in his computer and asked if I
could help him. After concluding that the laptop was infected with a strange virus (every file
copied to a USB stick would spontaneously convert to a link and the file disappear) it was best
to format it. I booted the computer into safe mode to copy important files to a clean USB and
then recovered the laptop to its factory state. After speaking with the master Guru about
meditation, I then asked him if they had more computers. After the Earthquake in 2015, the
computers fell to the ground and were stored in a shed full of dust. The computer boxes were
damaged, but the internals were OK. After 4 days of struggling with the power outages,
keyboards, mouse and displays not working and the English lessons, I managed to get 2 of the
4 computers in working condition.
The rumour spread out that I fix computers and suddenly I was known as the Engineer Who
Fixes Electronics which led to having other laptops and tablets to fix. All the laptops and
desktops I fixed in Bigu had the same virus, and the solution was the same for all of them.
Whenever I do something for others that is simple for me, I don’t take it as important, since for
me it is trivial. For them was a major change; having 2 working computers for the students to
type letters, draw paintings, watch videos and pictures was something that only before the
earthquake was possible, now it is real again.

Nepal Orphans Home was to me the same it is to the Orphans, a home. With the help of the staff I could reach my goals as a volunteer and help them reach success in providing education for the least fortunate.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience in Nepal, guided by Volunteer Nepal, has been irreplaceable. Firstly, the program recognized the importance of cultural understanding through their orientation. Upon my arrival the organization guided me through Kathmandu to visit historical sites, and sat down with me to explain customs, traditions, and language. This was a unique experience that allowed me to get out of my comfort zone and try to immerse myself in the Nepali culture. Volunteer Nepal also has a series of placements around the nation that range from teaching to agriculture. I am currently at a teaching placement in Lubra, and it has been such an amazing experience thus far. Volunteer Nepal organized my stay at a lodge, helped me navigate the hectic bus system, and frequently checks in to make sure everything is running smoothly. This volunteer organization is exceptional in the sense that it helps the volunteer’s struggle in navigating a new country, while instituting a sense of freedom, which allows the volunteer to make the biggest impact on others and themselves.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After graduating High school I came to Nepal, as my first time leaving my home country. I didn't really know what to expect but I've worked with volunteer groups in the past. NOH makes it so easy to become a part of the community and feel more at home, right away. The staff in the volunteer house are absolutely wonderful and are there to help with any problems.

Along with the people of NOH, I can say just about the same for their many placements around Nepal. They make the process easy and fun for you to choose where you are going and what you want to be doing. During my 5 Month stay in Nepal I spent 2 months becoming part of the community in a rural mountain village that has a school of about 80 that I taught at. For the rest of my time I worked in the OCPFN orphanage and EDUC school which are in neighboring neighborhoods in Kathmandu. Which brings me to another point. The neighborhood that has been built around Papa's House in Dhapasi is absolutely outstanding. You can walk down the street and people will know, without even talking with you, that you are there working with volunteer Nepal. My favorite example of this was when a man approached me as I was on my daily walk to school and asked if one of the volunteers was here in Kathmandu or when he would be back- because he wanted to see him!

Overall there is nothing that would keep me from giving NOH a 5 star rating. 100% trust, 100% easy, 100% accountable.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thru luck, I fould Nepal Orpans Home in Kathmandu in 2018. It was apparent that the organization was well organized and also that what they were doing was have a profound and positive effect on the community. I was there for 3 months. I later went back in 2019 for 5 months as I had such a wonderful time there in 2018.
They have this very nice house in a quiet neighborhood just a short walk from the ring road. Not only does it house volunteers but there is an office where they coordinate the many things that they are involved in.
I opted to stay in Kathmandu because I was working at two wonderful places . One was a school for kids of disadvantage children where I taught English, and the other was an orphanage where I just helped out with English homework.
All is all, I have to say my experience with NOH was excellant. I was able to do some good,, and I met many people who were also trying to better the lives of their neighbors.

2 Lou P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first visited NOH in 2010 . It’s become an annual event. My three grown up children have accompanied at different times and this year my husband is joining me. I love to show them what an incredible organisation this is. To feel the love of the children, to meet volunteers from all over the world and be totally inspired by the outcomes and achievements of Michael Hess’s vision to help people in need. This commitment is overwhelming and with the NOH organisation so much good for so many people is brought about. Each time I visit I return inspired, filled with hope and a feeling of seeing the world in a whole new perspective. About to head off again and can’t wait to be immersed again in this fascinating part of the world.

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1 Waro H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NOH is like my second home. I have been growing up on the same ground with NOH family and Every new day with them is like a folding a new chapter of my life. For me, I see NOH as a big family with immense love and care.
NOH will always have a special place in my heart ..
May the force be with NOH !

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2 Jameson H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My friend and I had an amazing time in Nepal thanks to this organization! We spent two weeks volunteering at the primary school in the remote village of Ghurjung (just past Ghandruk) after being led there by our wonderful Volunteer Nepal guide. We were able to help out very much at the school, and we had a great time doing it. I’m so glad I was able to come to Nepal and volunteer through this organization because it clearly has such a pure and honest mission. I felt that I was really making a difference, and that the money that I spent on the volunteer fees (which was very affordable for the care and guidance you are provided) were helping out a great cause. I would highly recommend this organization as the best nonprofit to volunteer with for any traveler looking to volunteer in Nepal!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent 6 weeks volunteering at Manmohan Memorial Community hospital in Pharping which was organised through Nepal Orphans Home. They were very helpful and professional in helping me to organise my placement before I arrived in Nepal, and during my trip the support offered was just at the right level. I visited the orphans home, and it seemed like a very friendly, welcoming, and well provisioned place to grow up. I am pleased that my money has gone towards such a worthwhile organisation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was given the address of this organization " Volunteer Nepal " by Kopan Monastery. My adventure in Kathmandu was really great and this experience has changed I can say my life.
All people @ Volunteer's house are special: Sunita/Shreya/Saroj/Himal.
I knew all staff all fantastic. The house is clean / food very good/ good organization I was never alone so I felt secure and protected during my visits to the city and to the orphanage.
I' m very satisfied to have had this opportunity and it was very useful for my spiritual and personal growth.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Nepal Orphans Homes since 2009 from the U.S. and on the ground in Nepal. I have spent time in rural placements in Nepal, taught in the Kathmandu Valley, stayed in the volunteer house and have come to know the directors, advisers, volunteers, and the staff in Nepal. Over the past nine years I have come to know the organization as family, which I know is the experience of many other volunteers. I have made friends from all over the world during my time in Nepal. During my last visit (July 2018), my husband and I stayed in the volunteer house with our seven year old son. We spent the majority of our time volunteering at Chelsea Center and enjoying time with the children and college students. We did some sightseeing as well. The young men who run the volunteer house are former children on NOH (or maybe it's best said "forever children of NOH") and were kind and thoughtful when interacting with our son and helpful in making arrangements when our poor Nepali skills didn't suffice. I could share hundreds of stories that convey the confidence and admiration I have for this organization, but the jest of it is that it is an organization run by honest, hard working, caring, compassionate and accepting people. I highly recommend Nepal Orphans Home for anyone looking to make a positive impact in a country where poverty is overwhelming, but so is the kindness of its people. Whether you travel to Nepal to volunteer, raise money from afar or make a donation, your time, money and energy will be well spent. - - - Pictured: Sightseeing at Swayambhunath Temple, my son walking with the children of NOH to school, the children of NOH, volunteers on the balcony of the volunteer house.

4 AlyssaM

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm 14 years old and volunteered at NOH with my family during my school break. I loved getting to know all the kids who are so friendly and fun! I helped run some workshops like a book talk and I also got to volunteer at different outreach programs like a blind home and a baby orphanage. It was a great experience and I can't wait to go back soon!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for NOH in March 2018. I was impressed by both the professionalism and the humanity that I saw here. NOH provides volunteer opportunities in the Kathmandu Valley as well as in areas around Nepal. In all cases, it seemed that the focus was on providing services that were helpful and practical for the population served, not simply a desire to attract volunteers and voluntourism dollars. In my experience, NOH is well-organized and oriented to truly helping. I had a very positive impression and look forward to working with them again.

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1 Andrew H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently spent two weeks volunteering as part of a large group visit to Nepal. I was quite nervous about what i could offer these people however I needn't have been as the organizers made us all feel welcome and valued our input into the lives of those that we met. Accommodation, food and orientation to the local area and culture was perfect. Placements are varied, and well supported. The service that Nepal Orphans Home and Volunteer Nepal provide to the community is fantastic. I would not hesitate to recommend anyone considering volunteer work to contact these people and become part of the growing family.

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2 Weronika D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with The Nepal Orphans Home was such a beautiful and eye-opening experience. I’d met and worke lots of amazing people and learnt so much about Nepali culture along the way. I taught at EDUC Nepal and worked children at the school. They were all absolutely gorgeous and intelligent. I miss them all. Our guides were so very helpful and accomodating and I feel that we grew very close in those 10 days we’d spent there. It’s almost like we were family. Overall having volunteered with this organisation, it was the most enriching time of my life. I am planning, even now, to return in a couple months.

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1 Zac P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our school went and did some volunteer work and it was absolutely incredible! Everyone was so polite and kind, it was an amazing experience. I'd definitely recommend to anyone thinking about doing volunteer work overseas.

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1 Natasha A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fabulous place to stay, wonderful food and facilities. Most importantly the people are amazing. They truly know how to make you feel like you have a home away from home. Working with the children is such a heartwarming experience. A must for all!

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Cat S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My child recently did some volunteer work with Nepal Orphans Home. I can’t rave enough about this organisation. They give so much to very needy people and make real changes to these peoples lives. Fantastic work team

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am in LOVE with this place.

Since the first day I started working as a Maths teacher at Chelsea Center, my experience and philosophy of work has transformed completely. A year ago, I joined the Center: I feel so well connected to the kids, to the team and to the organization that each day pass by with a feeling inside me which the word working could never explain. I am not just working here — It feels like I am giving something, I am serving, I am learning a lot and I am growing here.

To me, this place is a different piece of world.

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Eswar S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a physician and recently volunteered at Papa's homes in Kathmandu. The arrangements were impeccable. We were received at the airport and guided through every step of the way. Michael Hess who runs NOH knows nothing but love for these unfortunate children. They are well housed, clothed and educated. I had long sessions talking to them and not a single one wants to go back to what remains of their families. Papa's homes helps them dream big and encourages them to achieve their dreams. We taught CPR to the kids and women at the Chelsea Center. Anita Mahato, Shreya, Sanjeev, Ms. Pandey are all dedicated workers at NOH and Volunteer Nepal. It appears nearly 100% of donations go straight to programs. I have no hesitation in recommending this organization for anyone wanting to volunteer in Nepal. It was a life changing experience

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working at Chelsea Education and Community Center (CECC) as a Nepali and English instructor since one and half years which has been a great experience.
Teaching these adult and elderly women is an unforgettable experience as we get lot's of love and fun experience with them.
I got the opportunity not only to teach them but also to learn life lessons from them.
CECC focuses on educating women as well as giving them life skills knowledge which is beneficial for their day to day activities.
Besides working with elderly and adult women I also work with NOH kids who have lots of enthusiasm to learn.
Getting the chance to work in this organization is a great opportunity and lifetime experience which I will never forget. :)

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Carmen H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We stayed with NOH for 2,5 weeks back in summer 2015. It was a wonderful and lifechanging experience. All my love, Carmen

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Beatrice L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We stayed with NOH for 2,5 weeks back in summer 2015. It was a wonderful and lifechanging experience. Feel free to check out the "Nepal 2015" section/blog on our website: https://www.stoptalkingstartmoving.com/nepal-2015/ Kind regards from Germany, Bea

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Eileen W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Nepal Orphans Home for the first time in 2012. Over the following 4 years I spent 2 1/2 years living in Kathmandu and working directly with the children and and staff at NOH as well as various associated organizations such as Volunteer Nepal and the Chelsea Education and Community Center.

The children are well looked after, provided for and happy. NOH is not only making sure they are clothed, housed and fed- they are making sure they receive a real education and the chance to reach their potential.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working at the Chelsea Education and Community center for one and half years. It is a great feeling to work with the adults. It does not feel like a workplace as we get lots of love and respect from the women who are like our mothers, and the teammate co-operation is also awesome. Different types of workshops are also held which help the women to boost up their knowledge of social and personal issues.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteer Nepal gave me by far the best volunteering experience, making my stay absolutely unforgettable! From the warm and friendly ambience at the Volunteer House, to the beautiful, eager children at EDUC and the Happiness Center, doing volunteer work in Nepal with Volunteer Nepal felt awesome! Shout-out to the wonderful team, who were always on call and ready to accompany us in the streets of Kathmandu!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had an amazing time in Nepal with Nepal Orphans Home. My time there was an experience of a lifetime and I can't wait to go back again!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with NOH during the month of February (2017), as part of a study abroad program through my university in the USA. What an amazing experience! From the outset, the staff were incredibility thoughtful, providing packing lists and all sorts of information to orient volunteers before even arriving in Nepal. They also took time and care in placing volunteers where they could not just contribute something, but also feel comfortable and take a real interest in the work. During my time in Nepal, I saw that NOH not only took great care of their volunteers, they were doing amazing work, caring and providing for Nepali children. Upon first entering one of NOH's children's homes, I saw that the children were joyful, excited, and well cared for. As I got to know some of the staff a little better, it soon become clear to me that these were some of the most kindhearted and dedicated people that I had ever met. NOH is an incredible organization; in fact I was so impressed, I am currently making plans to go back to Nepal and spent more time working with NOH.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We met the wonderful people at Nepal Orphans home when we did some voluntary teaching & training there in May & June 2017. The children were delightful to work with, so happy & enthusiastic & the young teachers inspirational in their dedication to their students & to this home. We were very impressed with the management & structure of this organisation & the integrity of the staff & the programs. There is a culture of caring & respect evident in all aspects of their work & it is a very warm & welcoming place to visit. The way senior staff members engaged their teams in involving & empowering them in planning, implementing, managing, monitoring & reviewing the programs they offer was inspirational. This NGO is a wonderful role model of how a respectful & sustainable NGO should operate to give hope to so many marginalised people.

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2 Shreyau

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I joined Volunteer Nepal as a communication officer in the September of 2016. I truly feel lucky enough to be associated with Volunteer Nepal (VN) and Nepal Orphans Home (NOH). The thing I appreciate most about VN is the openness and the love and appreciation that everyone receives here. You can play multiple roles and there is always so much to contribute in all areas. Until this month, we've had national and international volunteers all over the country, providing teaching assistance at a local school in a remote village in the hills, to providing medical assistance at health clinics in the northern mountains, to the numerous individuals who stayed in Kathmandu to spend their time volunteering at a baby orphanage, a special education and rehabilitation center for disabled children, and helping the women of Dhapasi community with English Conversation class at the Chelsea Center. There is a bigger picture to the work I do and not a day goes by that I am not deeply inspired by the work that VN and NOH does.

All the staff at VN love what they do, and it shows in the strong relationships we have built with our volunteers and our beneficiaries. I am truly blessed to a part of such a wonderful place and to work side by side with such an enthusiastic team.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with the Chelsea Education and Community Center (CECC) for the past ten months, and I am impressed by all the CECC and its umbrella organization NOH have accomplished. Every Friday, volunteers from Volunteer Nepal host workshops for the Chelsea Center's women and children, teaching them about leadership skills, public speaking, health issues, and much more. The children of NOH and the women of the CECC have incredible energy. They make you feel as though you are their brothers and sisters when you participate in classes, workshops, or special events with them.

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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic charity, after volunteering with them for two months I can't speak highly enough of my experience.

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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working through Volunteer Nepal has been an incredible experience. All of the people whom I have had the pleasure of working with at this organization are friendly, generous, and exude a positive energy while working together to make a change in the local community. My intentions for coming to Nepal where to volunteer in a medical capacity, and Volunteer Nepal was among the first group of organizations that popped up on my Google search. After close communication with several different volunteering organizations that offered "medicine" among other things, I am lucky to have chosen Volunteer Nepal for its genuine and selfless nature. At the time, Volunteer Nepal stood out above the rest as being a program dedicated to helping women and children and selflessly giving back to the community. Volunteer Nepal not only is partnered with Nepal Orphans Home - an organization that houses more than 100 children and provides them a stable, supportive home life as well as a top education; but it also supports efforts such as The Chelsea Center - a local center that empowers women through offering skills and English language classes; EDUC - a local preschool that provides an effective and motivating framework for their children to learn; participating with Curry Without Worry - an organization that cooks and provides a hot meal to homeless people every Tuesday evening in Kathmandu; and many placements both in Kathmandu and outside The Valley in medicine, agriculture and development, and teaching English. I feel grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in many of the aforementioned projects during my 2 month stay in Nepal, and will be leaving today with a greater sense of accomplishment than I thought was possible. I cannot emphasize enough how wonderful of an organization Volunteer Nepal is - and I've worked with a few others in the past, this one is undeniably top notch. Thank you for all of the lessons you've taught me, the friendships I've developed, and for allowing me the opportunity to do something good in this world. Cheers & Namaste. Maria

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter, her friend, and I volunteered for 2 weeks in June 2016 with NOH. It was a life changing experience. Their staff and the whole organization is incredible and each placement brings about new experiences. I highly recommend volunteering through NOH and plan to come back very soon.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My girlfriend and I volunteered with Volunteer Nepal for seven weeks and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Volunteer Nepal and NOH are both very well administered organizations run by great people. If you want to volunteer, they're very flexible and willing and able to work with you to customize your volunteer experience, and the work that they're doing is incredible. We plan to support VN and NOH in the future, and hope as many others as possible do as well.

Jesse Alston

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Nepal Orphans Home Inc for ten months, and it was truly the best ten months of my life! For ten months, I was able to work with 22 amazing kids at a nearby orphanage. During this time, I was challenged in the best way possible. I tutored, played, and laughed every single day. I would not change this experience for anything in the world. Anyone looking for a wonderful volunteer experience, in a beautiful country, with an amazing and supportive community, has found the right place in NOH!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Back in 2012, I was a senior CSR in a big Israeli company, and took active part in several local projects in my own country. However I had a sense of duty to do something beyond its borders, and Nepal was my choice. NOH was one of quite a few NGOs' sites that I explored, trying to realize my plan to go on a volunteering trip, and it was love on first sight. I was extremely impressed by the so open, yet professional and strict manner I was taken care of. It was from the registration procedure, through Q & A process, welcoming and orientation on the ground, accompanying me to the placement I had chosen, bringing me back safe and sound, and concluded with thorough briefing for comments. From my own professional experience, I knew what it takes to perform such a perfection.
Beyond any of these, I met adorable happy children in the houses of NOH in Kathmandu, devoted staff, and amazing volunteers from countries across the globe. I still keep in touch with directors, staff and grownups children of NOH, and came back for further volunteering, mostly in Kathmandu. I do look up to the wonderful people who run the operations in Nepal, and to the Board members who dedicated themselves to better our wonderful children's lives. I must say that it was great pride for me to bring my own children down there, and to share with them one of my secret sources of optimism, sense of fulfillment and a role model of unconditional love.
I viee NOH as a highly accountable, in regard of using sources of any kind, which encourage donors to invest in NOH's projects as well. Nepal Orphans Home has got my highest trust in all relevant senses.
I have no doubt that I will keep being in touch with NOH and its precious people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you are interested in volunteering, I highly recommend doing the right research and talking to the right people. There are a great deal of scams and organizations that are only there to take your money especially in Nepal. However, NOH and Volunteer Nepal are not on that list. This organization is full of passionate directors and advisors that will give you all of the opportunities that you need to make a difference. No matter what your interests are, they can help, so that you can help. As a medical volunteer myself, I assisted in rural hospitals delivering vaccines to local villages, or diagnosed patients with clubbed feet outside of Kathmandu. There are so many opportunities! In kathmandu, many of the volunteers went to an English converstaion class with local Nepali women, taught English and mathmatics to children of all ages, and/or became friends with local Nepali orphans in NOH and other local organizations. The cost may seem like it is a lot, I know as a broke student paying back loans, but it is worth it. Half of the money goes directly to the children and community. They get a great education, have 2 to 3 meals a day, and have opportunities that would not be possible without this aid. The rest goes to your food, housing, and travel expenses. Again, I highly recommend this organization! It completely changed my view in my profession and as a person. If you have any additional questions email me at nwilliams15@ jcu.edu. Go make a difference.

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3 Leah18

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Hi my name is Leah and I am from New Zealand. I had the pleasure to be under the care and guidance of Michael and his team in June 2013. I had been won over by the friendly and courageous people of Nepal in a previous trip in April. I journeyed back there with an unsettling urge to do something meaningful, something that could make a difference. I was motivated by a close friend who was similarly inspired, so I made plans with Volunteer Nepal and set goals to achieve. I was welcomed not only by the honest and accommodating staff but also the fellow volunteers that form a community hub, a family away from home. The children within Michaels care are happy and loving despite the trials and mistreatment they may have known, and this is to Michaels credit. He has a genuine love and a compassionate spirit that sustains the organisation. His gentleness and kindness are a model to all that come into his contact. There is obviously are strong will and determined fortitude as well as the houses and needs are met and advocated for in a system of bureaucracy that is fraught with difficulties. My experience was life changing and the friendships I made will remain a constant reminder to the love and community humanity should strive for.

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1 Tamara S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined the Board in May of 2012. I am extremely proud of NOH and cherish the ability to be able to use the word 100% accountable and ethical, a healthy family . As a Board member and volunteer, I have enjoyed watching and being a part of a team that visits the children as often as I can . I have been recently in March of 2013 and all kids are thriving , happy and doing well in school , upper + 2 , and college. The managers , and volunteer house management is wonderful and professional. They grow as the homes grow , and Michael Hess , is an amazing Head founder , head father and Papa to the boys and staff. HE manages all so smoothly , and the org is maturing smoothly, each child growing safe and happy.

As a board member, I try to spread the word of volunteering to schools. I am working on Smith College, and others. Interesting programs are starting vocationally , a success for our growing up population at NOH . Courses in trades are taught weekly , music and art , tailoring , and Nepali mentors to several NOH students from Masters programs in other countries who are interested in helping their fellow Nepali young students. Our vocational skills program is growing, with medical volunteering for the NOH older students, and one grad has a fine job in a hospital. We seek vocational experiences that are safe and a good exposure to the professional working world . We search for corporate and private service responsibility to give back to NOH and in turn give to your own selves. All Board members are encouraged by our President with a very fund raising package to fund raise and raise awareness each year, This is a big help to have management that is present all the time to help the Board as we move towards a capital campaign to help raise funds for an Undergrad campus , vocational school and community outreach program.

The Board communicates quickly on most questions. Staff help to keep communications up via email or Face book . The director and Founder is very helpful to email updates which supports many small projects of support to NOH from abroad, which makes it easier to approach a donor with fresh information. I appreciate his time immensely as it helps spur on my efforts and I think that is a great Board attribute of many on the Board, we work together .

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I ( 51 yrs old ) have been a volunteer at NOH since November 2008, and have returned 7 times , either alone or with students , from three schools( 1 in Switzerland , and two in France ) and their administrations to set up and promote volunteering programs at NOH , a totally worthy organization . My experience was so healthy , inspiring and accountable in every sense of the word, that I am confident in all my efforts to try to start service groups in schools, Women's clubs , and churches. A 501(c) 3 charity, 100% well run , and with values to promote and develop solid education , both primary , secondary , and vocational planning , both for work skills , and living skills . This is an organization that gives to the local Nepali children the opportunity for a life and future that they deserve : safe , happy,challenging successful ! NOH intends to offer safe futures with work , and joy to these kids' lives . In 2011 , Aiglon College had the experience of sending 8 students to teach computer skills , and English , exactly what the children need for their future work experiences . They gave in many ways to NOH , proudly , and happily and will be returning in October 2012 . Paris schools , EABJM and ASP , have home groups and clubs that do fund raising and advocacy meetings about Nepali issues and one ASP Volunteer has started Skyping every Saturday with the NOH boys . Overall, the NOH volunteer program is fantastic, safe , happy , and multi faceted , a time for each volunteer to learn their own living skills , take mission challenges in and out of Kathmandu , and have a myriad of one on one experiences with the NOH kids . I love NOH and Volunteer Nepal ! And so do my daughter (18 ) and son(15 ) .

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3 Mark92

Donor

Rating: 5

I have had 2 daughters volunteer with VN and decided to go and visit myself before committing. What I found was an environment of love and trust that far exceeded my expectations.
I happily donate as often as I can knowing the money goes to where it is needed rather than into the pockets of unscrupulous operators.
I would have no hesitation recommending VN to anyone and would be happy to endorse them in my capacity as teacher at Bendigo Secondary College Australia.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

58 years of life experience, and 10 years involvement in social accoutability in my country, Israe, brought me asa volunteer with Nepal Orphans's Home (NOH ) for a month, teaching English in a Buddhist monastery, located in a Nepali remote area. I was highly impressed by professional approach of NOH's team from the very first contact I had. It continued with warm welcoming in their very well organized Volunteer house, efficient orientation, reasonable weekly fee, as well as needed support throughout the whole period of time given to the placement.
Ever since volunteering, I have been a supporter of this very important NGO, which takes excellent care, of almost 150 children, living in 5 homes in Kathmandu.
Aside from their great concerns for their children, NOH team is well aware of volunteer needs, regarding diversity of activities and location of placements. Thus, it offers a wide range of options to volunteer for various durations. I met kind and caring people, who make great contribution to a positive volunteering experience, for all kind of potential volunteers - youth, adult, travelers, specialist etc.
Wisely, NOH has established good connections with medical institution around Kathmandu, in order to help them with volunteering, as well as making potential jobs for their grown children, and recently there are some good fruit of these initiatives.
Finally, efficiency regarding cost-effect is quite impressive, and it is very well shown by the homes' maintenance, food providing , education and so much loving care of the children. So, potential donors can be sure that donations are being channelled to stated goals, with minimum add on to organizational costs. I am privileged to take part in such mission, with such people, who succeed to make it so different for so many human beings.

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3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered there last summer and I had the best time ever! I can't wait to come back again and again and again like I know so many of the volunteers have. It's a relatively loose and not-so-professional approach to volunteerism since it's such a small organization, but it works out (at least for me) so, so well! Depending on the duration of your stay, the impact the volunteering has varies I feel. It's definitely not null if you are just a short visitor, but I think you can make the most impact by laying out a summer or a few months of free time and just assimilating into the beautiful culture here. We can really get that because of how insanely genuine this program is.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for 3 months with Nepal Orphans Home (NOH) and Volunteer Nepal (VN) doing different things in different locations. I volunteered in rural, pre-himalayan Nepal teaching English and helping at a rural health post, and at orphanages in Kathmandu. The whole experience was incredible and definitely this organization and the staff working for it are amazing. You have plenty of volunteer options to choose from. I totally recommend NOH and VN for your volunteer experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent five months volunteering with NOH in 2009. The director, Michael Hess, and all of the support staff are amazing in every way. Michael truly loves every single child in his care; even if I had just stayed at Papa's House and worked with the children there, my time in Nepal would be just as meaningful. There was plenty of communication before I arrived, so much support for my choices while I was in the country, and continued updates after I left. After looking at all of my options and having questions answered by staff and other volunteers, I chose where to work. I was able to travel to four different placements, as well as stay in Kathmandu for a month, to volunteer in various schools and hospitals. I gave my all at most of my placements as an English teacher and tutor. Working with NOH changed my life, and if you choose to volunteer with them, I have no doubts it will change yours. I have high hopes to return in the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent 3 months in Nepal working with NOH. This organization is absolutly amazing. I spent my entire time in Kathmandu with Papa's House because I fell in love with the kids and staff. I loved every single day there. While there not only did I work with the Papa's House children, but I also got to go to another orphanage in Kathmandu which was set up through NOH. From the moment I arrived in nepal I felt like I was part of an amazing new family! They were all so sweet and welcoming. NOH gives you so many opportunities to explore and visit other parts of Nepal, ad learn about an amazing culture. I love NOH and can't wait to go back.

1 Alicia9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent almost seven months with Nepal Orphans Home. I spent my first three months working in Kathmandu with Nepal Orphans Home kids helping with homework, walking them to school, I even spent a month in one of the orphanages which was amazing in itself because I really was exposed to the lives of the kids and got to participate and help out in everything they did. During the day when I was in Kathmandu I would go to one of the government orphanages and play with the babies there. All the kids I worked with always would put a smile on my face, from the moment I walked in the door and saw smiling happy faces to see me, I was automatically smiling and ecstatic to see them too. I was excited to get up and feel like I was making a difference everyday. Through Nepal Orphans Home and Volunteer Nepal, I went to a Buddhist monastery for a month and taught the nuns there English. It was a very different experience, they had puja (prayer) every day at 5:30 in the morning and we were always welcome to go. I was there for the Tibetan New Year and there were many festivities leading up to it which once again was an experience like none other. When I came back from the monastery, I went to Pokhara for a few weeks to teach in a school there as well. I also went to the Terai region of Nepal, lived with a family for 2 weeks and taught in a school there as well. I spent my last 3 months in Kathmandu doing what I did for my first three months there because I loved it so much.

1 Lucy S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter and I were volunteers in NOH in 2005. It was an organization that was just beginning. I would like to express that the director Michael Hess was very kind and seemed that destiny had sent him to Nepal. He was very honest, dedicated, and focused on helping the children in Nepal. As I write this review, it is evident, that this is an organization of purpose, honor, and success. It is on my life's list to return to such an honorable organization with such honest intents. Rating....100% and more.

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Samantha M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent five months with NOH in 2010. There was plenty of e-mailing before I even left my home and I felt instantly welcomed and safe and ready for whatever was to come as soon as I arrived. They took such good care of me, making sure I got on the right bus to travel to a new placement 30 hours away, riding the bus with me for 30 hours, and staying a night just to make sure I was comfortable and okay. The individuals at NOH are amazing human beings, and everyday I miss them. The schools I taught at were full of bright inquisitive eyes and I can honestly say I have never seen so many children who LOVE learning... in my life! The children just melted my heart, and I miss them everyday. The volunteers all develop a special bond with each other at this organization, and I know many lifelong friendships have started on the rooftop of the volunteer house. Thank you NOH for showing me how to truly love and give to those in need. Namaste.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family first heard about Nepal Orphans Home through past volunteers. They raved about the wonderful people and the amazing organization. My younger sister decided to go volunteer for a year there following high school. I could not have asked for a better family for my 18-year-old sister to become a part of in a new country. Everything I heard from her about the work she did and everything I hear from other volunteers have completely convinced me that I want to go there too one day. Last Christmas, we started a campaign to raise money for the children there and we know that our money is going to a great place and every cent is used for the welfare of the children. Michael, the founder, is devoted to the children and their safety and every bit of work that is done for those kids makes a difference. I highly recommend this not for profit and donating to them!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I spent 6 weeks in Nepal back in September and October 2011! I couldn't have dream better for a first experience as a volunteer abroad! I went with one of my friend, and a co-ordinator picked us up from the airport, and lead us to the volunteer House in Dhapasi. We met the children and Micheal Hess while leading them to school the next day..What a meeting!Since october is holiday time for the children, a lot of them were back home for the festivals. So Michael organized a camp and I "taught" drama and lead some art class! It was a wonderful experience, and you learned so much from those kids!! If you choose NOH, you'll do work with children, but you'll also visit 5 sites around Kathmandu, and you'll receive some basics about the culture and the language! I was in touch with NOH long before I arrived and I'm still in touch with them and the children now back at home. I met awesome people there, volunteers, kids, NOH workers, etc... And I'll be back there ASAP !! All I can say is GO APPLY !! There's no way you could be disappointed!!

2 Ann_11

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I spent two months in Kathmandu with NOH in February and March 2010, along with my daughter who was 10 at the time. There was good communication with NOH before we left the UK, and we were picked up by the Volunteer Co-ordinator when we arrived in Nepal. The volunteer House is in a very nice, safe area of the city and can accommodate around 12 volunteers. We were treated very well by Santoshi, the cook at the time, who made breakfast and dinner every day along with lots of delicious tea! The kids at NOH have very busy days, with school and study, but we spent as much time with them as we could, and we helped out with practical tasks such as admin and cleaning in the Volunteer House too. NOH has a good range of placements through Volunteer Nepal; in my view the best way to make the most of your time with NOH is to treat the Volunteer House as a base and find a placement that suits you (either within Kathmandu or further afield). We weren't so able to take advantage of this as I didn't want to travel far with my daughter, but there are some amazing placements that I'd love to take advantage of if I'm able to go back in the future. NOH is well run and does a fantastic job of providing love, support and education for the children and young people in its care. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend NOH to anyone thinking of volunteering in Nepal.