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About RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

Registered in 1998 with the government in Nepal and social welfare council, Rural Community Development Program – Nepal (RCDP-Nepal) is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious volunteer organization. Since its inception, RCDP has been running outstanding community based volunteer programs in Nepal by carrying out many schools and orphanages based volunteer projects that benefits orphans, poor children and backward communities.

It was started in Colorado, USA in 1998

In 1998, the founder of RCDP- Nepal was a young graduate student in the United States. In the beautiful mountain city of Boulder, Colorado, he met Troy Peden (owner and founder of www.GoAbroad.com). Inspired by Mr. Peden's vision of volunteering abroad, RCDP-Nepal opened it's operation in Kathmandu, Nepal. Back then, the concept of volunteering in Nepal and India wasn't even heard of in Nepal. Therefore, we feel proud to be a pioneering volunteer organization starting volunteer program in Nepal and India.

A wonderful success story – a recognized leader in volunteer abroad Nepal

Within a year of its birth, nearly 100 enthusiastic volunteers from different part of the world joined RCDP-Nepal program. In the first year, we understood the importance of organized program, dedicated service, meaningful projects, and safety issues. Learning from the experience of working with many volunteers, we reorganized our program, added language and cultural immersion program, and started Himalayan program. Our hard work and cooperation with volunteers helped us to grow as a leading organization. Presently, RCDP-Nepal is a most recognized and respected organization in the field of volunteer travel in Nepal. Even though international and local volunteer organizations have mushroomed in Nepal, we still offer the best priced and high quality program in Nepal.

Our focus is orphans, orphanages, and underfunded schools – We have built many schools and orphanages in Nepal

The mission of RCDP-Nepal is to encourage international volunteers to contribute in sustainable community development that benefits the underprivileged and extremely poor. By developing the places and the communities, the volunteers are also developing themselves and learning new perspectives and ideas that will ultimately change their lives. RCDP- Nepal's program are affordable and of very high quality. Our focus has always been to serve orphans, orphanages, and community projects.


While running volunteer program, we remained focused on supporting poor orphanages and schools. Therefore, in collaboration with leading UK humanitarian organization, AIDS CAMP (www.aidcamp.org),  we have built several schools and orphanages in Nepal. Below are the list of some of the schools and the orphanage projects that we've help built. Presently, nearly 4000 poor children are benefiting directly from this. Our thanks and sincere appreciation goes to Aid Camp and our volunteers, who have helped achieved this dream of RCDP-Nepal. To accomplish these projects, RCDP- Nepal has also made some financial contribution, which was collected from the program fee of our volunteers.


RCDP- Nepal works with many USA and UK Based international volunteer organizations


RCDP- Nepal feels proud to work with many international volunteer organizations. We are consistently being trusted by leading USA and UK based organization such as wheretherebedragons.com, Global Vision International UK, Ozrack College, USA, University of Georgia, USA , AIDS Camp, UK, BTCV (UK), YETI (USA), to runs its Nepal program. We also collaborate with many international organizations, colleges, universities, and community group to run their Nepal program.


RCDP- Nepal runs two orphanages in Kathmandu and Chitwan


RCDP – Nepal believes that the main focus of volunteering should always be related to improving the lives of destitute children. Due to poverty and political problem, kids are being orphaned in Nepal. To help them, we've collaborated with YETI (USA) to build an orphanage in Chitwan. However, realizing the need to support more children, we have recently opened another orphanage in Kathmandu, Nepal. Our orphanage presently offers education, room/food, and love for 26 children. RCDP–Nepal is not a donor, therefore, funds for these children come from the volunteers fee (we always save a small portion of program fee of volunteers to support these children).


Partnership with Volunteer Alliance Nepal


Every year, hundreds of volunteers arrive in Nepal to volunteer from UK and USA based organizations and the volunteers end up paying up to $2500 to volunteer for 2 weeks. Unfortunately, only a small portion of that money actually goes to orphanages. The orphanages in Nepal are resource poor, understaffed, and struggle to offer education, accommodation, food and other support to the children. Volunteer Alliance Nepal is trying to change this situation. When you volunteer with us, you pay your fee directly to the orphanage. RCDP- Nepal is presently supporting volunteer alliance Nepal to run its volunteer program in Nepal www.volunteeralliancenepal.org


RCDP – Nepal's Credentials and Volunteers' Reviews

At RCDP- Nepal, we believe in serving our volunteers, children, and communities. Since our beginning, we have consistently focused on affordable fees, high quality program, community development and safety of our volunteers. In the last 10 years, hundreds of volunteers have joined our program and returned home with life changing experiences. Please visit the links below and find out what our volunteers and newspapers are saying about us.


Why and how john chose RCDP volunteers?


Our decision making process:

  • We didn’t start looking for organizations until we decided which country we would be volunteering in. So once we had decided to take our first volunteering trip to Tanzania, we made a list of about 30 different organizations, all of which offer volunteering opportunities in Tanzania
  • First we looked at pricing information and whether organizations were non-profit organizations. We eliminated all organizations that were overpriced and/or kept money for their own profit.
  • Then we went on to contact all of the remaining organizations on our list and wrote with the coordinators. We followed up twice, and immediately eliminated those that did not answer after the third communication attempt. Furthermore, we explained our situation about not being able to volunteer until February (read our post “What’s the Hold-up?“) and further eliminated those who were not able to work with us on timing.
  • When communicating with coordinators, we inquire about being able to act as missionairies of the Gospel and ruled out any organizations that didn’t allow or focus on spreading the gospel and being able to read to the children from the Bible on a daily basis.
  • For our remaining organizations of choice at that point, we searched for reviews from other past volunteers that went to orphanages and attended various program through each organization and removed those who had a large proportion of negative reviews online.
  • When it came down to the last two organizations on our list, one was a brand new organization that was founded in this year (2013) and thus had no records or reviews, and RCDP, an established organization with a long track record and many highly satisfied volunteers, we made this fact our deciding factor to go with RCDP.


We hope that this may serve as a helpful resources to others that may be considering volunteering locally or abroad and find it hard to choose an organization among all of the different choices.