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You can join RCDP program at any time. RCDP volunteers programs are available thorough out the year for 1-12 weeks and our programs starts from the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month enabling you to join in anytime as per your convenience.
RCDP offers airport receive and transfer services to volunteers. One of our staff members will be waiting to receive you at the airport terminal. Our representative will be holding a placard with your name. Please do not forget to send your flight itinerary at least 4 weeks prior to your departure. If you couldn't arrange your flights according to your projected date, please let us know in-advance. And you will find contact details and location maps in your pre-departure guidebook.
In case of delay of flights, please go directly to our contact hotel. The details of contact hotel will be given in your placement sheets. Alternatively, you can call our coordinators. The telephone numbers of our country coordinator and emergency contacts are available in pre-departure guidebook.
If you are arriving more than one day prior to your voluntary program, we suggest you to stay in local hotel. Please contact our coordinators from your hotel.
All foreigner travelers need VISA. You need a valid passport including two passport size photos and VISA fee. Though, it is possible to get tourist visa for Nepal and Sri Lanka upon arrival, we strongly suggest volunteers to get VISA in their home country especially if you are traveling to India . It saves your time and hassles. The VISA for Tibet can only be obtained from Chinese consulate. Please contact us, if you need any further information on getting the VISA and you can also find more information in the pre-departure guidebook.
Make sure that you get arrival/departure stamps on your passport at the entry/exit points to avoid further legal complications. Please do not seek support from any unauthorized person. Please don't take out the VISA stickers from your passport and do not try to tamper printed matters in the passport. Health and Insurance
This depends on what vaccinations you already have used and what country you are travelling to. It is better to consult a travel doctor from your country before you arrive. (NOTE: Some vaccinations are needed as much as 2 months before arrival). Asia is not unsafe but it is better to update your preventive inoculations. Injections against meningitis, tetanus, hepatitis B, typhoid, and cholera are recommended. Vaccination against rabies (which is quite rampant for travelers) is also suggested but it is too bothersome and expensive to be worth the trouble. Please beware of the street dogs and monkeys.
In addition to your local resources, you can find more information on required or recommended immunizations and precautions:
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention ( www.cdc.gov )
1600 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta , GA 31333
(888) 232-3228 FREE
(888) 232-3299 - fax information service
Health Canada Online ( www.hc-sc.gc.ca)
Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and Travel Report ( www.voyage.gc.ca)
U.S. State Department & Consular Information Sheets
2201 C Street NW
Washington , DC 20520
Travel Health Online ( www.tripprep.com)
As said "Prevention is better than Cure," it's highly recommended that you bring medicines for common illness like nausea, vomiting, cold and flu. Though there are many pharmacy shops in most of the countries, it's worth carrying at times which comes handy in situation. some basic medicinal stuff like insect repellent, sunscreen, lip balm, eye drops, bandages, and so on are recommended Up set Stomach?
Many travelers to Nepal, India, Tibet, and Sri Lanka are likely to get stomach problems at some point during their visit. Due to the climate change and diet, you may face stomach pain. See health guidelines under "Dining and Drinking" to lessen the chances of acquiring diarrhea. But if you do get it, the most effective remedy is to fast for a day and drink plenty of water or any liquid. You can find effective medicines against Amoebal Diarrhea in any drug store. Carry some with you when you go away on hiking or walking or trekking.
We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. First, of course, if you already are insured at home, you should check with your insurance to see what kind of coverage, if any, you will have while abroad. RCDP does not offer insurance. Here are some links for your reference:
Beta Insurance - For students and faculty
CMI - For students and non-students
CISI - Students
Patriot Insurance - Available to all
Multi-National Underwriters - Available to all
RCDP manages food and accommodation from the very first day to the last day of the program. For the volunteers who arrive earlier or who want to stay longer, it is not possible to offer extra accommodation or food. In this case, RCDP will help volunteers to find a good and cheaper place for food and accommodation.
You will be placed in the village, urban, or sub-urban areas according to your project . The living condition of your placement depends on the area. One should not expect luxurious accommodations. You will be placed with a host family or hostel setting with a separate room. But in some condition, you will have to share your room too but it is rather rare. Most placements have electricity and if electricity is an asset it can be arranged. Our host families are mostly educated, well respected in society, and experienced with international students. Some members of host families may speak English. Mostly in orphanage placements volunteers stay with kids.
Do not forget to bring mosquito net, first aid kit, sleeping bag, your necessary additional diet, medication and sun block. Please find more details on what to bring in pre-departure guidebook.
Bath room and toilet facilities are very limited in developing countries. Please read the details in pre-departure guidebook.
We can accommodate for vegetarian people but we can not manage special diets. You will be served freshly cooked meals three times a day. Money Matters/Program Fee
We manage food and accommodation for volunteers from the first to final day of program, so you won't need extra (lots of) money. You may need some extra money if you plan on taking part in activities outside the organization or if you just want to buy some souvenirs. You must also remember the VISA fee depending on the length of your stay, if you plan to obtain VISA upon arrival. Please find visa fee details in pre-departure guide. There is also an airport tax, which you need to pay upon your departure, details costs are given in the pre-departure guide.
All major banks in Nepal, India, Tibet, and Sri Lanka change convert international currencies into local currency. There is an exchange counter in the airport for you to start off. The US dollar is the most widely accepted currency. Don't exchange more money than necessary for usage in the next couple of days because exchanging local currency back to hard currency is not easy: it can be done only at the airport before you leave, and only a certain fraction of what you originally exchanged into local currency can be re-converted.
Please retain your exchange receipts in order to apply for visa extension and re-conversion of left-over local currency when you leave the country.
Many tourist trades have started accepting payments in credit cards. It is, however, a fairly recent phenomenon, and cards other than VISA and MasterCard may not be accepted in most places. Remember that usage of credit cards in developing countries can cost you an extra three to five percent in transaction costs.
Many commercial banks have installed ATM machines in major part of the cities but you may or may not be able to draw money from these machines depending upon the type of machine.
You can draw funds against your American Express, MasterCard or VISA cards in Asia. The service premiums for doing this, however, are pretty steep. But, we strongly recommended you that please consult with our in-country coordinator. Communications
This all depends on your placement. Almost all placements will have access to a Post Office. If you are in a city placement there are many places in which you can use phone or access e-mail. But this information will all be given in your pre-departure guidebook or placement.
RCDP in-country coordinator monitors the safety of volunteers 24/7. In the event of an emergency, please call our in-country coordinator and they will instantly help you to contact your family or refer to the Emergency.
There will be plenty of time for you to explore the local areas during orientation. RCDP offers full day of guided tour as a part of the language program.
Once you complete the registration process, you will receive a volunteer pre-departure guidebook which includes a short-introduction to the country and region you will be traveling to. Other sources of information can be found at your local library, bookstore, or on-line. Please visit our link page for great websites that will help you get ready for your volunteering experience.
Definitely, volunteers mostly work 30-40 hours a week in most of the project. In the free time, you can explore the country.
It is better to book your volunteer program well in advance to reserve your placement. It is advised that you book at least two months in advance and allow yourself plenty of time for final arrangements.
We offer reasonable discount (up to 10-15%) for small group (at least 4 people), family, and college groups. We do not have individual discount plan.
You can pay your program fee either by wire transfer or by using major credit cards.
Once you pay the program deposit ($150), you can pay remaining program fee up on arrival in the country Kathmandu (for Nepal and Tibet ) and Delhi (for India ). Volunteers joining Sri Lanka program need to make full payment in our Kathmandu office.
We will refund 70% of your total program fee excluding registration and bank charges if you cancel less than 4 weeks prior to the start date of your placement. Similarly, you will receive a 50% refund if you cancel your placement less than 2 weeks prior to your start date. There will not be any refund if you cancel your placement less than 7 days before you start or after you begin your placement.
During your volunteering period, you will be provided food, accommodation, training, project equipment and support. The only extra money you will need will be to spend for yourself and if you think of buying some gifts and souvenirs for your host family. Our program fee does not include flights, departure tax, travel insurance, internal transfers, and any other medical inoculations.
Yes, with prior planning and hard work you can raise all the money for your volunteer expeditions. We can also send you our fundraising tips which can help you to dig money at right place.
The safety of our volunteers is our first priority. We work hard to ensure the safely of our volunteers in many level.
Orientation: We discuss safety situations, field conditions, local do and do not, and local culture during orientation. So you will understand most basic stuffs before your join volunteering program.
1-2 week of language and culture program: This program Offers volunteers opportunities of learning local culture, ways of life, language etc before the start of the project.
24/7 hotline: Volunteers can reach our coordinator at any time. They are ready to support you when ever you need them.
Regular supervision/meetings: We visit our volunteers every 2 weeks to make sure that things are going good for them.
Customized projects and experienced host family: In the last 10 years, we worked with established schools, NGOS, and socially respected host family. By offering established projects and experienced host family, we further ensure volunteers safety.