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Causes: International, International Relief

Mission: Founded in 2005, the Mountain Fund aims to create healthy, vibrant mountain communities where people have access to healthcare, education and economic opportunity in an environment where human rights are valued and respected. To achieve this goal, we sponsor community-based initiatives that prioritize respect for the local culture and the environment.

Results: Created 3 health clinics and 1 hospital in rural Nepal. Our current flagship project is called Her Farm at www.herfarmnepal.org. Her Farm is located in rural Nepal and provides a safe place for women and their children to live, farm and thrive. They can control their desitinies by controlling the land they live on and collectively own. The Mountain Fund received the prestigious Sir Edmund Hillary Medal in 2010.

Target demographics: women and children

Geographic areas served: Nepal

Programs: Her Farm, a home for abused women. www.herfarmnepal.org

Community Stories

123 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent a little over three weeks at Her Farm and it was the most transformational experience of my life. I flew to Nepal with a friend and I knew very little about the family or culture. I had no idea what to expect, but it exceeded all possible expectations I could have had. The experience is what you put into it, as the beautiful people want to learn and teach as much as you are interested. I learned so much each day, and my eyes opened up to a whole new way of life. It made me think about my life in the states in a more purposeful way. You are guaranteed to learn a lot about yourself and the world if you go to Her Farm. I always felt safe and knew that I would be looked out for, even though I was an 18-year-old who was as far away from home as possible. For me, though there was a lot of hard work, it was the most rewarding work possible. My time at Her Farm flew by and I am flooded with joy when I look at old photos and videos. I truly never knew how kind and welcoming a community of people could be. I have never felt so accepted within a community who barely knew me, and it was incredible. I would love to answer questions about my experience or talk to anyone who is considering making the trip to the amazing Her Farm! My email is [email protected] I can't express how much Her Farm and Nepal will always be held deeply within my heart!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

First and foremost, I would like to thank Sunita didi and Scott for giving me an opportunity to explore her beautiful village and making me realize what I can really do for my country. Being a Chiropractic student in US, I always wanted to help Nepalese in need but I didn't know how to start. After talking to Sunita didi, I felt like "YES!!! this is what I wanted to do." I must say Sunita didi is great. I was amazed with all the wonderful work she's done for the village. Sunita didi and Scott are sincerely devoted to their work. The staff members are awesome, they are very friendly and helpful. I can't wait for a Summer break. I am definitely going back to the Global Mountain Fund and start public awareness campaigns for Nutrition, ways of preventing Back Pain and Ergonomics. If anyone's interested to help us, please email Scott. If you have a sense of adventure, a passion for working with Nepalese, and the desire to have a real impact on their lives, then volunteering in the Global Mountain Fund might be ideal for you.
Yojana Shahi
Chiropractic Intern at the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic, CT, USA

3 Becca B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I took a semester off before starting college. I have a deep passion for South Asia, and had spent a bit of time in India but had never been to Nepal before. I heard about The Mountain Fund from a friend who spent part of his gap year at Her Farm, and gave it glowing reviews. I decided that it sounded like a very solid organization, and Nepal sounded cool, so I went ahead and signed up for two months.

I had no idea what an incredible experience I was in for! I was so impressed by the staff (or, as they prefer to be called, "the sisters,") at Her Farm. They are all absolutely wonderful, and really go above and beyond to meet the needs of both volunteers and members of the local community. They were all exceedingly lovely, warm and welcoming right from the start.

I stayed at the Mountain Fund guesthouse in Kathmandu for my first couple of nights. Having a "home base" in the city was very convenient. It's like a little oasis in the midst of the chaos, and it's very easy to hop into a taxi or bus and go anywhere you want. Volunteers are free to come and go as they please, and the sisters provide a delicious breakfast and dinner each day.

On my third day in Nepal I left for the farm. As anyone who has been lucky enough to spend time there will tell you, the farm is an amazing place. It's only about an hour from Kathmandu, but it feels like a different world. The village is definitely an authentic representation of what most of rural Nepal is like, although the farm itself is equipped to support volunteers (there is wifi most of the time, and a couple of western toilets). Volunteers typically share simple but very clean and comfortable rooms. The sisters cook every meal, and the food is absolutely delicious. Most of it is locally produced and organic, and a lot of it comes from our own farm! They take extra care to wash and cook things properly, and I never had any stomach problems in the entire two months that I was in Nepal. Basically, while the farm is definitely not a fancy place, you well be exceptionally well taken care of.

The farm actually serves a number of functions. It is an organic farm, a women's shelter (only two women are using it as a shelter at the moment, but I believe that they are looking to expand their outreach), a school, an area for villagers to just come hang out, and (most recently) a clinic, with an emphasis on women's health. I worked as a teacher at the school on the farm, which is really more like a tutoring center. Most of the students do attend the local village school to fulfill their official education requirements, but they come to the farm for a few hours each day. I feel that the farm definitely plays a crucial role in their education, however, as it is their only chance to learn English and critical thinking skills, amongst other things. It’s also a great opportunity for them to have access to computers. During my time there, we had about 40-45 students showing up each day, ranging in age from two to thirteen or so. It was definitely overwhelming at first, but there are lots of resources in the classroom for both students and teachers. Previous teachers (myself included) have left behind some notes to help future teachers. I'm also more than willing to answer questions and give advice to anyone who is considering teaching at Her Farm. Just ask Mountain Fund to put you in touch with me. I didn't really have much teaching experience before I got there, and it was certainly a challenge at times, but it ended up being immensely fun and rewarding! The students are adorable. They are so earnest and eager to learn, and they pick things up quickly.

Nepal itself is an incredible country. One of the things I love about The Mountain Fund is how flexible they are in allowing volunteers to take time off to explore. They are very helpful if you should decide to take a few days off. They will even set up hotels, tours, or treks for you if you want! I highly recommend taking advantage of this opportunity to explore a fascinating part of the world. There are definitely certain areas that are pretty full of tourists (the trekking industry and tourism in general has taken its toll on parts of Nepal, ever since it opened its borders in 1951). However, it’s not hard to get off the beaten path if you want to, and the sisters can definitely help you do that. I’m eighteen years old and this was my first time traveling on my own, so I was a little bit nervous at first, but I found that it’s very easy to get around in Nepal with minimal hassle. Although I obviously had to use common sense when travelling on my own, I never felt unsafe. I also got to travel with other volunteers on a couple of occasions, which was very fun! The Mountain Fund tends to attract really interesting, kind, and adventurous individuals. I met some wonderful people.

In short, Her Farm is an incredible project, in a wonderful and very close-knit community. The Her Farm family could not be more welcoming. Mountain Fund is a great organization overall, especially if you’re young and travelling by yourself. They are very flexible, and give volunteers as much or as little independence as you want/need.

So go spend some time at Her Farm. It will change your life!

3 Simone F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Arriving in Nepal from New Zealand at the end of November 2014 for 6 weeks I didn't really know what was in store. Having read reviews on Mountain Fund, and emailing Scott a fair bit I came up with a rough trip outline and set off. Now nearing the end of my trip I can honestly say my experience with Mountain Fund and Nepal has exceeded my expectations. I was met at the airport by the lovely Sante, arriving at the Kathmandu house where I meet Scott and Sunita along with a few of the Nepali sisters at Mountain Fund. From the first introductions the passion of everyone involved with the organisation was evident, expressing their passion and commitment to the visions of the fund in their own way. Some like Sunita gets stuck into daily happenings with energy and charisma, while others go quietly about their day engaging volunteers in running the farm, teaching at the school or showing volunteers the ins and outs of the local health clinic. I liked the variety of approaches and personalities amongst those running the fund as I meant the volunteers who stay at both the HerFarm and Kathmandu house also have a variety of personalities and experiences so there is something for everyone. The day to day experiences of Nepali life which the fund offers are varied from communicating with Nepali sisters learning about the culture along with the challenges women and children face, helping at the health clinic or getting stuck in to farm life carrying rice, gardening and cooking. What I also loved about the farm was the love and kindness which extends from the Nepali sisters to the volunteers. Not once did I feel alone or uncared for in a country so different from my own, with a common theme emerging from the farm of connectedness with one another which has made for an incredible experience. A wee bit of advice to future volunteers going to the HerFarm is take a pair of flip flops these come in handy, old clothes to work in for farm or maintanence work (painting, building ect) and a head torch for when the power goes out which it does often with the government load shedding. Also be prepared for a bit of culture shock, things at first can be overwhelming but everyone makes you feel as welcome as possible. Don't be shy to communicate with Scott, Sunita or the Nepali sisters at the Kathmandu house or HerFarm they incredibly hospitable and want you to enjoy Nepal as much as possible so ask questions, and get involved. It's totally worth it.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful group of people who are truly passionate about the work they do. In the summer of 2011 I volunteered in Nepal with The Mountain Fund at a school for street and slum kids. It was an eye-opening experience because The Mountain Fund family shared the truths about Nepal that most tourists fail to see. And tried explain us, the volunteers, what the real problems familys there face everyday and how The Mountain Fund is trying to conquer those battles. They are the strength for those family's that are too afraid to fight. They give a voice to the children that can't speak out.
The Mountain Fund family welcomed me and many volunteers into their home and showed us Nepalise culture and shared with us their values of love and family. They're beautiful people with a fantastic message and I and so greatful to have met them.

2 Callum L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In November i made my first overseas trip to Nepal where myself and other students from Deakin University Australia volunteered at Her Farm for 3 weeks. By the end it felt as if we had gained a second family. I will not soon forget the great friends i made as we spent time on the farm building a cow shed, harvesting rice etc. An amazing experience that has changed my life, ideas and outlook for the furture.

2 Shari12

Donor

Rating: 5

My oldest son went to Nepal with the Mountain Fund in 2011 to serve as a medical trekker and to help with Her Farm. I can not say enough great things about this organization! - From the incredible, legitimate work they do to the way my son was well taken care of. At first I was worried, as all mothers would be, for one of their children to take such a far journey away from home. I soon realized that he was in safe hands. The experiences had and the memories he made during his 5 month stay has changed him for the better in unimaginable ways. My son left a boy, but came home a respectable and appreciative man. Thank you, Scott MacLennan!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I volunteered with the Mountain Fund as a premedical volunteer for about 2 months. It was a great time, I learned lots about medicine, and I was quite satisfied with my experience. Working in the hospital as a premed, you probably won't get much practical experience (besides occasionally taking someone's blood pressure), but you can learn a lot from the doctors there if you're enthusiastic and ask questions. Being able to scrub in for surgeries was a huge bonus. As far as actually doing things that are helpful for the community, going up to the farm and teaching local kids english and working on projects up there was really satisfying and a great option to enjoy an authentic, beautiful rural Nepal setting. The Mountain Fund staff (the sisters) were really friendly, the food was delicious, and the accommodations were clean. If you're alright with the occasional cold shower and you're looking for a volunteer program abroad I definitely recommend this one!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a 20 year old trainee teacher from worcester and I went for a month to teach. It was one of the most amazing experiences I can ever encounter. Words and pictures cannot describe how amazing it was. The family and mountain fund are extremely helpful and very caring. You become part of the family and felt safe and happy throughout my time there.
Personally, my favourite experience was 'Her Farm'. It was such so inspiring to work with the sisters there, preparing meals, farming and teaching. The children are brilliant. They are so willing to work and learn. The language barrier is hard but patience and persistence from both you and the children thrive with success.
Going there was very scary. I was very cautious and nervous as well as excited, but you get lots of reassurance and guidance.
I would highly recommend using the Mountain Fund, it's an experience I will always cherish. When people ask me how it was the only words I use is amazing. I miss the people I have met and the places I have visited. I will be returning to them in future years because a part of my heart now belongs there :) a must do experience!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have just returned from the experience of my life. I haven't travelled a lot and as a 52 yr old (just single) woman thought it was all too late - but 'Mountain Fund' proved me very wrong indeed. I thought they'd laugh at me but I was welcomed and befriended like any other. I feel privileged and honoured to have been a part of the Farm family for two weeks. I cut and carried grass; I ploughed and prepared fields; I planted rice; I helped to graze the oxen; I sang Nepali songs and danced; I picked corn; I ate jack fruit, pears and mangoes straight from the trees; I ate freshly harvested and cooked food (of which the rice pudding deserves special mention) but most of all I met fantastic people up on the farm. I was truly inspired and motivated by all of you and your happy; hard working; never complaining; attitude to life. I will never forget you and will always have very special memories of my time on your farm. Thank you for making it special for me.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An amazing month thanks to all the Mountain Fund staff. They offered a great insight into Nepal life and had extensive knowledge of Kathmandu, you can ask them literally anything. Perfect accommodation and support for a genuine Nepal adventure. The staff leave an impression that makes you eager to return.

2 Casey D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went over to Nepal and volunteered with the mountain fund,being quite young i thought it would a somewhat scary experience but the staff at the mountain fund were very welcoming and helpful!

I would volunteer with mountain fund again in a heartbeat and am planning on going back to Nepal to volunteer with them in the next couple of years,i have recommended them to my friends and family.

2 Daniel74

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was in Nepal in a 60 days program with The Mountain Found at Her Farm. After that experience, I just dying to go back to spend more days there! It was so very special, learned so much and It was so amzing to make part of a great family; they made me feel that way. My days there are saved in my heart and in my memories.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was in Nepal with this program for 3 months and had the time of my life. You become part of a family. My experiences with this organization have been wonderful, I have and will continue to recommend The Mountain Fund to everybody I know.

2 Sacha S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Along with 30 other people, students and teachers, I volunteered and traveled in Nepal with The Mountain Fund at Her Farm. Knowing just how important education and care is for single, widowed, or divorced women and their children, this project, and all the people involved, quickly wormed its way into my heart. The hard work I did everyday, though just for a short time, always contained an element of fun, as the women and children of Her Farm possessed unalterable high spirits. Though I'm back in Canada now, I'm always dreaming of Nepal and my family there, and I'm counting down the days until I go back.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a recent graduate of Stelly's Secondary School and a recent traveler to Nepal where a group of over 30 students, including myself, helped build a community centre at Her Farm through the Mountain Fund. Living in Nepal was one of the most life-changing experiences I've had and I would give anything to go back to see the beautiful children and the intricate culture. The Mountain Fund provided us with excellent care and truly gave us the opportunity to see Nepal from some amazing perspectives. As well as introducing us to the farm where our service and work was much needed and appreciated, we were introduced to the community where ceremonies and celebrations took place. I instantly fell in love with all the children and every day they are on my mind and in my heart. They are so very precious. Today I am still in contact with the wonderful people who run The Mountain Fund and I am blessed to call them my new family. There is a certain warmth and dedication about this organization that captivated me. I only hope that more people like me will one day discover all that Nepal has to offer through The Mountain Fund.

2 Sam W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A group of eager secondary students and I came to Nepal in March of 2014 to continue a project at The Mountain Fund that my school, Stelly's Secondary started several years back to aid in the construction of a women's shelter. The people at the Mountain fund were amazing! They brought in over 30 outsiders and made us feel like members of a tight knit community. They made us feel like family. We had such a blast working with the volunteers from this amazing organization. They personally checked in on us often to see how we were doing, and the never once made us feel like a burden. I would certainly suggest the Moutain Fund to anyone looking to do volunteering work in Nepal, and I would most certainly go back to Nepal just to see those humble, incredible people again.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a second year medical student who just returned back from Nepal for their Global Health program. I spent a month in this wonderful place during the Summer and would do so again in a heartbeat. Mountain Fund helped me organize a trekking trip up to the Gosaikunda lakes and it all worked out. They were able to arrange all the buses and places to stay with no problem.

I trekked for a week and then spent 3 weeks volunteering at the Rural hospital where I had the opportunity of observing Nepalese health care and the medical issues they face - many of which are very uncommon nowadays in the United States. The staff and the physician present were fantastic - they allowed me to be more hands on in addition to the shadowing. The hospital consists of a small ER, an OPD clinic, an X-ray machine, lab room, and a pharmacy - they are fully equipped. I saw things such as typhoid fever, gastroenteritis, gastritis, tumors, COPD, road accidents, and plenty head traumas. Although it was slow at times, it was still an enjoyable experience to see how things are run in this country and the many challenges they face.

I did have some issues at the place I stayed at during my time volunteering in the Rural hospital. I happened to be the first person who arrived to this house and who would volunteer at this hospital. The electricity in the bedroom did not work well and there would be no water in the mornings, or no water in the 3rd floor where I was staying at. I attribute this problem more to the owner of the house who wouldn't follow through, rather than Mountain Fund itself but I would have appreciated if this was addressed before I arrived. However, the staff from Mountain Fund worked daily to make things better and eventually fixed the problem by buying a huge tank of water. I appreciated that they would always be there and call to make sure that everything was alright. I believe this shouldn't be an issue anymore for any other volunteer since everything was working fine after that week.

Mountain Fund is a very flexible organization. Pretty much anything you want to experience they can help you arrange it. They let me spend couple days in the Helping Hands clinic to observe some surgeries - this is usually their pre-med program. I happened to see a hysterectomy and a skin graft on a patient who was recovering from Necrotizing fasciitis. They also helped me arrange a trip to Pokhara and that was a fantastic experience - highly recommend it.

I loved volunteering with Mountain Fund. Although I tend to be hesitant about doing things at the last minute and I'm a bit uncomfortable with not being able to plan ahead, I realized that this was something that happens to be common in developing countries. However, Mountain Fund was always flexible and never lost sight of what I wanted to do or where I wanted to go. They always kept in contact with me wherever I was and I felt very safe as a solo female traveler. I think what makes Mountain Fund so unique is the people - the sisters who are your guides, help you settle in the house you're staying at, and cook some amazing food, are some of the most fantastic and bright young women you will ever meet. Scott MacLennan and Sunita Subedi were also amazing people to meet - I highly recommend you to chat with them if you happen to get a chance, they know so much about Nepal, the people, the culture, the politics, and also give great life advice. This is a wonderful organization that helps empower women and is giving a great contribution to the country. It gives a great opportunity for outsiders to learn and live the real Nepali life. I look forward to going back someday!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a med student who visited Nepal for a month between my first and second years. We wanted to do some trekking, get out and see the world and hopeful learn a little while helping a few people. Our experience with Mountain Fund was excellent. The trekking that they helped set up for us worked out so much better than we had hoped. Excellent guides and the weather did help by being better than expected. after the rain delays for our flight to the start were dealt with no extra hassle. The medical volunteering was more shadowing, but did provide an excellent glimpse of Nepalese health care at all levels. Often the doctors would let you get more involved but as we were a group of 4 that was a harder to manage. Volunteering at/visiting Her Farm was another of the highlights of the trip for me. The women and the other workers there were so much fun and welcoming and they work very hard to make sure that you have everything you need, while taking care of the farm and the herd of small children that come to learn english every day. As others have said you need to be flexible, Nepal(and most third world countries) run on their own schedule and as such can't be planned to the minute. But amazingly things just always seem to work out. Scott and Sunita are great at getting things done there and are amazing interesting people as well. Their plans for the future mean that their facilities will just keep getting better. I enjoyed every day of my time there and meeting all the warm welcoming Nepalese people.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just got back from a month in Nepal where I stayed with the Mountain Fund organization for 2 of those weeks. The other 2 weeks I spent on the Everest base camp trail, which Scott had organized completely for us and it ran without a flaw!
The two weeks with Mountain Fund was incredible. I am a Medical Student in the US and was able to visit three different health care settings in Nepal while I was there. We saw surgeries in the helping hands hospital in Kathmandu, then were able to see rural care in a small hospital outside of Kathmandu and also a governmental health post in the mountains. Other time we spent helping out at a farm and enjoying the company of the Nepali people. I have never met such loving and caring people!!
The best part of this volunteer organization is how flexible they are and truly help you see as much as Nepal as possible!

1 parkertwebb

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked for the Mountain Fund for 4 and a half months. I was in Nepal, located on a farm in the Dhading district, close to Kathmandu. I have had no bad experiences. Everyone who is located at the farm and in Kathmandu are helpful and friendly. I went to Nepal for 8 months, part of that time climbing, part of it volunteering with the Mountain Fund, and the volunteering has been, and will remain, the most memorable part of my time in Nepal. While teaching English at the farm, I truly felt I was making a difference to the community seeing improvements in the children's English skills. Not once have I felt lonely, scared, or in any way more of a burden than a help. You will always eat good food with the Mountain Fund, which has lead to me gaining a few pounds. If you have any problems, the girls will help fix those problems by any means they can. The Mountain Fund truly has been very influential to my life and has changed my life.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the Her Farm as an addition to a climbing trip that brought me to Nepal. The time I spent at the farm was the most enriching experience of a 8 month stint of travel in Asia. What made my time there so special was the enormous sense of community that radiated out from the farmhouse on the hill. I reccomend spending at least a few weeks and really embracing the subtle difference between the western world and the farm-life of Mankhu. Enjoy!

3 Jane McGarvey MD

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just got back from almost 3 weeks in Nepal, part of which I spent with Mountain Fund volunteering my medical expertise. I am an ER doctor and, thanks to the organizers of Mountain Fund, I was able to bring basic medical care to 2 villages outside Kathmandu where there are no healthcare providers. First, Mountain Fund facilitated my meeting with a local doctor at a hospital in Kathmandu so that I could learn about the disease processes that are most commonly found in that region and determine what medications would be most useful to bring with me into the villages. I was given a tour of the small city hospital and it was interesting for me to watch the local doctor at work. In the villages, I was challenged by the lack of laboratory and radiology and I really got to use my clinical skills. My translator was a young Nepali woman currently in nursing school and it was fun to teach her a few clinical pearls while she taught me a wealth of cultural information about the patients. My greatest impact was probably just treating the majority of patients for worms; however, there were two children under 5 who likely had pneumonia and I was able to give them the antibiotics they needed. The experience I had in the villages was humbling and rewarding and gave me a renewed energy and love for my profession! I am thankful to Scott and Sunita, the organizers of Mountain Fund, for providing me with that opportunity and taking care of all of the logistics. They also took me out to the village of Mankhu to see Her Farm, a self-sustainable and safe place where women can live and work and have their children cared for and schooled. Eventually, there will also be a health clinic (run by the above-mentioned nursing student once she completes her degree!). I cannot say enough about the wonders of Her Farm! I spent 3 days there and wished it could've been more. Besides the obvious value of this project (i.e., allowing women in a country with limited women's rights to regain their dignity and independence and remain with their children) there is the gorgeous scenery, the fresh air, the stars like I have never seen, the just-picked guavas, the animals, the children, and the camaraderie of the volunteers and Mountain Fund staff. It was a mini-vacation all in itself. Had I not asked Scott to organize a trek for me and my niece (which he did, taking care of all the details before we left the US and accompanying us to the trekking company in Thamel to confirm arrangements), I would have stayed at Her Farm longer and helped out with the farm work and/or building projects (like my niece did after our trek). All in all, I have only glowing things to say about Mountain Fund, Scott, Sunita and all the young women in their support staff. I was made to feel welcome immediately and in a very short time felt almost like part of their family. The food that was prepared was delicious (especially the Nepalese dishes!) and the room/facilites were always clean. I am excited to follow this organization to see their progress and what new projects they come up with next. Some day I hope to return to Nepal and volunteer my time at Her Farm's health clinic!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Mountain Fund made my trip to Nepal absolutely unforgettable. The whole trip was wonderfully planned. Thanks to the Mountain Fund we got to experience everything from Kathmandu life, to camping in the mountain sides, to living in a little mountain village and the touristy Chitwan national park. The volunteer project was extremely successful and it is all thanks to the lovely people behind The Mountain Fund.

1 DGosney

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to Nepal with my Global Perspectives 12 group during spring break of 2013 and without the Mountain fund, the trip wouldn't have been the same. They really made us feel at home and gave us the opportunity to volunteer on a life changing project and explore the beautiful country of Nepal.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization devotes so much time and energy into making things better for those who could use a hand. I felt very safe with them, and when you spend enough time with these wonderful people they become your second family. The Global Mountain Fund concentrates their efforts on issues that aren't well known for those of us who live a good distance from any 3rd world country. I volunteered with the mountain fund with a school group in March 2012 and it was by far the best experience I've ever had. Scott and Sunita are truly inspirational people who not only made the work we did more fun but also comfortable. Nepal was completely awe-inspiring and to be able to interact with the families we were affecting was something I'll never forget.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is now only two weeks before I fly to Nepal and join the Mountain Fund team at Her Farm. I would just like to say a big thank you to Scott for matching me up with this project, fully answering all my questions so promptly and sending out tips and ideas before we start. As well as the great admin and support, Scott has arranged for contact with the other two volunteers who will be there at the same time, so I am really looking forward to finally meeting with them and bringing our little part of this big Mountain Fund to life. Great work being done by the team and proud to be able to say I'm a Mountain Volunteer.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a medical volunteer with the Mountain Fund back in 2006 (was it that long ago?) on one of the earliest versions of what have become amazingly organized and effective 'moving medical camps'. The experience did change my life-the cliche is appropriate here, the story long and as beautiful as the Nepali people we met. I have watched Scott and his team work to develop an organization that is in tune with the culture, true to the ultimate goals of self sufficiency and empowerment and pretty much absent ego (not easy to achieve as a "well- to -do" western charity in asia). I returned for another trek/medical mission in 2010 with a friend who also had an amazing experience-a chance to fulfill a lifelong dream of doing medical volunteer work as well as see the majestic Himalaya. ( A win-win win for him as he also returned with photos that took multiple awards in professional shows). I continue to keep in touch with the staff at the KTM office on my frequent returns to Nepal.

So that was my personal experience-as a 50 something woman I always felt safe and free to experience what I had come to do. I strongly encourage anyone who wants to see Nepal for real, to see what your heart looks like (for real), to check out the volunteer opportunities with the Mountain Fund. Scott, Sunita and the organization they work so hard to support are what non profits should be.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to Nepal to work with the Mountain Fund with a class of about 30 students, and the experience was far beyond what I expected. Scott and Sunita are kind, genuine people, and did a great job in informing us as to exactly what kind of impact we were making with our work in the community. By staying in the village we were able to interact with the women and kids who were going to be living in the structure we were building, making our efforts feel personal and rewarding. The whole setup was extremely well organized, from the worksite to mealtimes, and this made it easy to feel comfortable in the routine and much less homesick for western amenities. The village was very welcoming to our presence, and the kids were absolutely adorable to play with! Everything about the experience was fun, challenging and moving.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved with The Mountain Fund through my high school in a class called Global Perspectives, in March of 2013. Our trip was so enjoyable and that was largely due to all the work Scott, Sunita and the rest of the Mountain Fund contributed! Our travels throughout the country went smoothly and I actually felt that the work I did made an impact. Not only did we build a shelter for families, but we also met the families that were going to be living there, which was quite amazing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2011, I travelled to Nepal to work in an orphanage. I taught English and other subjects in English to these children of all ages. We were given weekends to travel around Nepal and evenings to explore the city. This was always a safe environment where I felt secure. The Mountain Fund is truly sensational.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Came to Nepal with a school group, Scott and Sunita welcomed us with open arms. All the staff and guides were extremely fun and nice. We all had a great time helping construct a shelter for women of domestic abuse in the mountain village of Mankhu. They also offered wonderful visits to many sightseeing locations with local guides. (Made communicating very easy). Everyone spoke very good English and we had absolutely no problems. You can tell Scott and Sunita are dedicated to helping people and it's close to their hearts. Definitely would go through the mountain fund again!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Mountain Fund in March of 2013. It was the most incredible experience of my life! We built a shelter for women called Her Farm.
Mountain Fund changed my life.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Wasn't too happy with the mountain fund experience. Hospital placement isn't even a placement it's just a building in which they set you free and no doctors want to talk to you so it's pretty unfulfilling. Very disorganised. Honestly, there weren't doctors who wanted to help you understand what they were doing. And it wasn't just me... There were probably 10, maybe 15, other medical volunteers there while I was and all of them felt pretty jipped. There's no consistency between what they advertise and what the experience is actually like. Luckily Nepal is a really exciting place and lots to do!

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mtnfund 09/13/2013

Interesting. Here's what this volunteer emailed to me at the time of volunteering in Nepal. Hello Scott, I just wanted to let you know how things have been going. In the past little while I have been putting time into Helping Hands as well as Orchid Garden. Arun was able to arranged for us to visit the Leprosy Centre Anandabun, and Suresh was able to arrange for us to visit Youth Vision to see the services for individuals with drug addictions. These were both really great experiences, and you wre right that having a broader view of the healthcare was a better fit for me. I am getting ready to head out on Sunday, and just wanted to let you know some more experiences that we were able to be a part of and to thank you for setting us up with Arun and Suresh. Thank you, Sarah

Kelli V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for mountain fund last October and was so impressed with the whole organization. They immediately make you feel like family and their compassion and caring for the plight of the Nepali women and children is moving. Scott has made it his mission to prove the conditions for women and children and his deeds back up his words. He has been a positive impact on the lives on countless number of women and children. I would volunteer again for the organization. They have integrity and vision that will change many lives in the future of Nepal and hopefully impact the nation for positive change.

Toni14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with The Mountain Fund in 2011 for four weeks at Helping Hands Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal. It was such an amazing opportunity! I was able to observe various medical departments such as emergency room, obstetrics/gynecology, radiology, surgery and pathology. The doctors spoke English and discussed the procedures, diagnosis and treatment options. On the weekends, the Nepalese girls who lived with us gave us so many different options on what to do. Our group went to Nagarkot (a village in the mountains) and spend the night at a small hotel/house to wake up before the sunset and see Mt. Everest. I also took dance lessons after volunteering twice a week to learn Bharat Natyum (an Indian dance style). Scott and Sunita were very accommodating and are very passionate about their non-profit organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everyone working with The Mountain Fund was amazingly friendly and helpful! My time in Nepal volunteering through The Mountain Fund was out of this world phenomenal! Everyone was welcoming, friendly and helpful! Amazing!

Ian_5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I had 2 weeks of extremely rewarding experiences in the high stress environment of a low cost private Kathmandu Hospital (Helping Hands Community Hospital). It was an incredible yet eye opening experience. if you are planning to volunteer in the big city of Kathmandu, a trek of any length is a must do if you want to get a more complete vision of the stunning country of Nepal. The medical trek would be ideal, but our timing was a little bit off.

Scott from Mountain Fund was more than generous with his time and expertise on trekking and, after deciphering what was and wasn’t sarcasm, we felt he was truly encouraging us to embark on this journey even though it wasn’t traditionally the best time to go. Because of the revolving door of people coming and going and departing and arriving we were able to talk to other people who had completed treks and we were even able to meet some of the guides they employed. The hike beyond description and was the icing on the cake to a great volunteer experience.

We WILL BE BACK because Mountain Fund is doing EXACTLY what they claim they are doing. Help them make a difference.

marykay.mccaw

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer with the Mountain Fund in Nepal 4 years ago. It was an incredible experience. I worked with The Women's Foundation of Nepal which is partially funded by the Mountain Fund. I wanted to work with women, so The Mountain Fund suggested this group. Scott MacLennan and his wife, Sunita, and their lovely team prepared me for my stay, helped me with practical details, and gave me an understanding of the political culture, and the mission of the organization and those that it funds. I had a life-changing experience being in Nepal and working with the beautiful, courageous women involved with the Women's Foundation. The Women's Foundation provides a safe haven for women and children who are fleeing domestic violence and/or abandonment. The plight of women in Nepal is dire for many, to the point that suicide is the leading form of death for women between the ages of 18-35. Many women have no documents (birth certificates, marriage certificates, etc.), no money, few skills, and children in tow. The Women's Foundation, a Mountain Fund beneficiary, provides legal aide, shelter, food, skill training/employment, education for children, and a path to a life of independence and dignity for women and their children. All of this is done with joy, generosity, and love by the Women's Foundation. The Mountain Fund and the well selected smaller groups it funds, knows where the need is, and fills it, but with the goal of empowering those that are being helped to help themselves. The medical treks that the Mountain Fund leads bring medical teams and care to for people in remote villages in Nepal. Although I did not participate in that experience, I did speak with one of the doctors and nurses who did participate (volunteers from the U.S.). Their passion for the mission and their respect and support of Scott MacLennan were evident. Scott MacLennan has built deep relationships with the people of Nepal and grass-roots leaders who know what needs to be done and how best to do it, with the least amount of money. There's no waste, or bureaucracy in the Mountain Fund. They are defined by intelligence and action. In a country where the government does not choose to take care of its people, the Mountain Fund provides a model for how to help those in need in a deep and transformational way.

Donor

Rating: 5

We had a wouderfoul experience in Nepal meeting Nanda Kulu and all the family. The Mountain Fund and Mitrata org are doing a excelent work. We're proud to help you. This world needs poeple like you. Namaste!

Tammy45

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I will be volunteering with the Mountain Fund because they are doing outstanding work in a nation that is in great need of adequate medical care. It is a well run organization and provides opportunities for medical professionals to volunteer in a majestic setting. I am looking forward to many years of service with The Mountain Fund.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had an experience of a life time while in Nepal as part of the Mountain Fund organization. I meet a wide range of people both in the Mountain Fund Volunteer House and in the Kathmandu Community. My placement was visiting an orphanage each day and helping with homework etc. The opportunity to get to know the kids was incredible and is one of the most enjoyable things I have done. I also had the opportunity to go on a Medical trek with a group of amazing people that, with limited supplies, make a difference in small remote communities. The memories I have from my experience always put a smile on my face and make me want to go back. I think what Mountain Fund is achieving in Kathmandu is incredible. It allows two worlds to connect which can only be a positive thing.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Mountain Fund is doing an amazing job with limited funds. The Women's Farm in Nepal is one example of how your donation can make a huge impact in the lives of people that really need it.

Kate52

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had an amazing time volunteering with the Mountain Fund for a month last year. Not only was it the experience of a lifetime but I made many life long friends. I can't wait for my next trip!

Mark33

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

From my own personal experiences and also from what I have researched the Global Mountain Fund is an incredible resource for the development of farming, teaching and medical assistance. Under the leadership of Mr Scott MacLennan the Mountain Fund has continually grown to be able to helping folks who would otherwise struggle.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I believe The Mountain Fund is committed to helping the people of Nepal in an unprecedented manner. I applaud the founder and all the members for their dedication and perserverance in their quest.

Scott55

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Phenomenal organization! They are very aware of what needs to be done, and know how to make an impact in the lives of those in need. They take time to get to know those who they help very well, and continue to build relationships. I had a wonderful time volunteering along side this organization and noticed that not only was I changing the lives of those in need, but my life would also be changed forever.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Global Mountain Fund has been committed to making a real-life difference in Nepal for a number of years. They are particularly interested in improving living conditions for children and women, plus developing sustainable livelihood for women. They have developed valuable projects to this end. Their website contains details about their projects: www.mountainfund.org. I do not work for this organization, but have watched them move the mountain of poverty in Nepal. They have an extensive volunteer program which helps to fund their projects, so that 100% of your donation is used on the ground in Nepal. If you have funds to give, I have 110% confidence that the Global Mountain Fund will use them wisely to create positive change for those they serve in Nepal. Cheers!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a volunteer in my local community, but also internationally I'm often weary of organizations who claim to help, but in the end not all resources that could have go to people in need. The mountain fund however is one of the most caring honesty, and just all around good heart groups of individuals I have ever had the distinct pleasure to have worked with. I can't say enough good things about the folks involved. I can only hope that other follow suit of all the great work done in Nepal, and around the world.

RameshandSandra B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an expat. who lives in Kathmandu part of the year and own tourist base businesses in Nepal. I have seen and heard from many volunteers in Nepal over the years and have worked with some of the local volunteer organizations. I have to say I am most impressed with the work being done at the Mountain Fund. Scott and his team look for meaningful projects in Nepal and then call on volunteers to help meet the goals he sees will truly help Nepali people. The Mountain Fund is one of the only volunteer organizations in Nepal that I truly believe in and would feel happy recommending to anyone interested in volunteering here. They are small, genuine, accountable and really care that each volunteer has a wonderful experience while doing some much needed service for Nepali people.

Pam_7

Client Served

Rating: 4

I have traveled to Nepal 8 times since 2005 to facilitate humanitarian work and decided to stay at Mountain Fund this year. I worked with and for some of their long term projects andI stayed for 8 weeks, off and on from Feb 18th- April 17th ( 5 weeks there). I was able to know this organization well. In order to be effective in Nepal one has to love the country and it's people. In my experience I have come to understand that most Nepali people want to leave Nepal and not return and many NGO'scollect funds to enhance their own lives first and others second. To my delight I found Mountain Fund to be genuine in their concern for others first. Scott and Sunita and their staff are people who are "in love" with the Nepali people and have a heart to help them to be lifted up from the burdens they carry in this impoverished country. Mountain Fund supports many organizations in Nepal who have excellent reputations. They keep well informed on the progress of projects in order to keep funding going where it is said to be going. The Women's coop ,one of their new projects in a very rural area, completely satisfied me that Mountain Fund will be able to help impoverished families and women with the careful structure that Sunita has put in place from the Nepali side while Scott has worked on the Western side to get this up and running. The Mountain Fund facilities are well located and are as good if not better than frequented hotels. The staff are kind, well informed, friendly and very willing to help in any way they can. I would highly recommend this Organization to facilitate Volunteers and donations.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I understand first hand the experience, competence and dedication of the staff of this organization. This hands on personal management is unique in my experience. I am certain that 100% of any contribution makes itself visible and effective: nothing wasted.

Kenneth3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been working with Scott at the Mountain Fund for years, and I'm constantly amazed at the number of great projects he has going for the Mountain Fund at any given time. The work they do is pretty amazing, and seeing all the pictures of good results is always great. Someday I hope to actually manage to volunteer and make a trip over to see things first hand.

Stephanie43

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have a passion for photojournalism and my initial goal was to travel to Nepal and capture the essence of the people there. My experience with Mountain Fund was inspiring, not only was I able to get in touch directly with the people MAKING the difference and capture the photos I wanted, but most importantly I learned how we as humanity can TRULY help and change a life. Thank you Mountain Fund for making this experience memorable and providing such a hospitable home. I will surely return as my work in Nepal isnt finished.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I worked through the Mountain Fund in the summer of 2010, and it was the greatest experience of my life. Their houses are safe and welcoming, for those who experience some culture shock when they first arrive to Kathmandu. The local guide in collaboration with The Mountain Fund is next to perfect! The houses are situated in a great spot within the city, and nothing so too far to see. Their work with orphanages and local hospitals is key to the learning of those who wish to partake in the life-changing endeavour. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to make a difference, and have an amazing adventure at the same time.

Caroline11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to Nepal in October of 2010 in my second year of internal medicine residency. I went w my husband and another resident - who had been to Peru w Scott in medical school. We volunteered for the medical trek, expecting great vistas, busy clinics, and some hiking. What we received was far more than that. Yes we had amazing vistas, incredible villages, generous villagers, and great hiking, but it was the overall finely coordinated trek that made the experience wonderful. Our cook was fantastic, the porters amazing, and the support staff incredibly fun and helpful. The tea houses and tents we slept in were sparse - but clean and safe and served to get the job done. the bookends of the trip - the few days before and after - were spent in kathmandu at the volunteer house - and the girls there are phenomenal. all our needs were met and they were fun to be around. Coordinated trips to the tourist must-sees around town were provided, and it was an easy way to see a magnificently complex city. We can't wait to go back - it was worth every penny!

Lunam D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Mountain Fund is doing a great job in Nepal! They are one of the few I would entrust my money with. "Women's Farming Cooperative" initiative is a TERRIFIC and a very concrete one!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Mountain Fund supports local development initiatives in mountain communities and connects volunteers to worthwhile opportunity. This small NGO focuses on doable projects that generate real results, and invests both resources and personal commitment into every community in which they work. I am proud to have volunteered with the Mountain Fund in 2010 and look forward to my second stint in Summer of 2012.