I spent 5 weeks at Her Farm in April/May and had one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Not your typical volunteering programme - this is an opportunity to become part of a community and a family, live a truly authentic Nepali lifestyle and make a difference to their lives. Go with an open mind: this volunteering programme is broad. It is as much as you make of it, and be prepared to learn as much from these incredibly strong, powerful women, as you will be able to teach them. Very grateful to have been able to live in this beautiful place, have met these amazing women and be able to call them my sisters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.