Life in Kaski Kot is both difficult
(mainly beacause of the hygenic condition, I'll explain
further) and relaxing. My staying in Kaski Kot is the most
memorable part of my trip. Compared with Kaski Kot and
Pokhara, the heat, non-stop beep beep sound, the crowd and
air pollution in Kathmandu didn't make me feel relaxing. Of
course, the cultural and historical sites (Bodanath, the
Monkey Temple, Bhatapur,Patan..) are worth visiting.
Bishnu and her family are extremely nice to me. I feel very
comfortable staying with them. Kaski Kot is also a very nice
place. The villagers are friendly. The scenery is beautiful.
Pokhara is just about 1.5 hr from Kaski Kot.
For the placement, it's good that it's just about 5 minutes
from the host family. It would however be better if the
teachers there would give me a briefing before I started,
e.g. the standard of the students, advice on what I should
teach, how many periods a day. It turned out to be very
flexible in terms of what I could teach, the number of
periods per day, the duration of each period. Having said
that, the teachers and principle were very friendly to me.
It would be advisable to have a local teacher staying in the
classroom to assist in translation (if needed) and maintain
discipline. I hope the above advices are useful to the
future volunteers. All in all, I love the host family, the
school, the students and Kaski Kot.
We had a very good time volunteering in
Sarangkot, just up the hill from Pokhara. This summer of
2006 provided us with an experience that was enriching.
Robyn from a partner organization of ACDF
had made sure that someone came to meet us at the airport.
We spent two days in Kathmandu where he helped us adapt and
provided us with important and helpful basics of Nepalese
culture and language. Thus prepared we set out for Pokhara
where Krishna and Krishna warmly received us. The next day
we went up to Sarangkot, met the family we stayed with and
had our first visit at the school where we would work. We
found the work very interesting; to see different methods,
to receive and give input about teaching strategies and to
work in an environment that is so different yet with social
issues so similar. We were glad to contribute a bit to the
community by teaching English, some Science and Computing).
The host family was welcoming and open-minded.
We also liked the experience to attend a
workshop ACDF had organized for its own members. Along with
our volunteering experience, it made us aware of many
cultural differences and helped us reflect about ourselves.
We are thankful for a time and experience that was and still
is precious to us.
Bianca Levesque & Werner Schuler
I feel lost for words... I've had an amazing
time in my 5 weeks in Sarangkot, Kaski (NEPAL)- have lots of
great memories to take home! I've met so many great people
and seen so much. Thanks ACDF Nepal and Krishna for such a
brilliant time, I'm definitely coming back to Nepal! xxx
This has definitely been the most memorable
six weeks of my life - they've been so good that I really
dont want to go home yet! From my very first day I have been
made to feel so welcome even children in the village would
come and greet me everyday and ask how I was.
I love Pokhara, Nepal, the people, the land and the food so
much. This has been the best experience of my life and as
soon as the chance arises again I will come back for as long
Thank you ACDF Nepal for placing me in such a lovely
community - with a very special family and with very
Sarah Parker, Scotland
My experience in Nepal has been unlike any
other of my life. I have learned more than I ever imagined
about Nepali culture, food, history, traditions, geography
I have gone from emotions of fear to excitement , from
sadness to happiness. I have truly been able to immerse
myself in another culture and have found Nepalese to be the
most friendly and generous people I have ever met.
This has been an eye- opening experience that I know I will
never forget. I feel lucky to have had the chance to
participate in such a program.
Maple Grove, MN, USA
I've had such a great time in Pokhara, Nepal
with ACDF Nepal. The volunteer work was a wonderful
experience, I've met so many friendly people + I have always
been made to feel welcome at ACDF Nepal, a home away from
Just wanted to say a BIG FAT THANKS to Krishna and keep up
the good work!
Hope to see you again.
Portland, Oregon, USA
My experience with ACDF Nepal is
unforgettable. Oh my God...Memory of sarangkot and pokhara,
I canot forget. My wife and I were living With a family, in
a village west of Pokhara. Everyday, we were teaching
English in shree Mani jothi Lower secondary school sarangkot
approximately 40 students in every class. it was really have
interesting discussions, debates, and talk about more
concrete topics in class, such as politics, environment,
culture, etc.Iam interesting in carpentry My wife Clara were
working in the local sarangkot health post sarangkot. Even
if she is practical Medical knowledge was limited when she
arrived, the nurses and assistants were really kind with
her, teaching her what they knew. From patients' examination
to injections, She learned to do everything that can be done
in a health post! We donate some fund for health post and
some to organization for schooling to poor children.
People from ACDF Nepal were really supportive too. before
beginning, they gave us Nepali language classes, introduced
Nepali culture and showed us important places around Pokhara.
During our volunteer work, they were always present and
supportive, giving us teaching materials for our classes and
I will never forget what I learned in Nepal, and will always
remember My nepali friends and our host family I was placed
to mr krishna Timilsina"s family. It was lovely and nice
family we get English speaking environment there and we
never faced language problems there .Sarangkot is very
interesting place to see sun rise and sunset
It is lasting impressive for me. Thanks.
Jhon and Clara
I cannot describe it in this small pieces of
paper Thanks to Mr Krishna , Director of this organization
who provide me this chance to write few words about this
I have got some chance to see some activities in rural area.
ACDF staffs welcomed me, touched me and even more, continues
to touch me... Here is in some words an outline of what was
my environment and my daily activities for the few months
spent in this beautiful country…
The introduction in the community made possible with the
help of ACDF Nepal, and the NGO (non governmental
organisation) was always there during key moments of our
volunteering project, although not overprotective, leaving
place for us to organize our activities. We were lodged by a
familyin kaskikot which was very much involved in the
community for the total duration of our training course.
Dimension of the family life was if not more important as
much as the activities we had during our stay. Since the
family and community values are very present and strong
within the Nepalese culture, living with people of the
community enabled us to be an integral part of the village
and thus made the meeting and development of relationships
easier. The contact with the culture itself, the life
habits, traditions, festivals, etc was thus very strong. The
exchanges with the members close to the family were very
nice . Kaskikot is very interesting place to stay and
everybody feels very easy there.
Where should I strats,? Last month, I was in
pokhara as teaching volunteer . I was placed to shree Jana
Jagrit higher secondary school sarangkot it is 7 K.M. from
pokhara. I was amazed at the trust and love the children
shared with me after knowing me. The basic day was an early
rise followed by exercise. The kids had great energy that
needed to be utilized. Then came their class with the
English teacher at first. I was able to just sit with the
children and provide help with spelling, speech and writing.
Dal Bhat came next before heading off to school at ten. When
the children were occupied elsewhere I would head into the
office to do some paperwork. We would usually have a few
games in the afternoon. Such as hide n seek, cycling,
drawing and reading. The second time for the English teacher
to come was at around half five. I can definitely see the
progress they are making which will help them at school. Dal
Bhat at 7, followed by more games and the occasional comedy
programme on TV. Bedtime was early at 9pm, but remember in
Nepal most people are up by round half 5 to 6am. My
placement was too short for my liking and I am already
planning my second trip in a few years time. My role as
older brother and supervisor was demanding but also
rewarding at the same time. I recommend voluntary work in
Nepal to anyone who is searching for a fantastic opportunity
to give something back to the community and come away
feeling very fulfilled.Thanks to Krishna for providing me
this chance and Krishna small for language teaching .
I am pleased to get this chance . Nepal, is
wonderful country , friendly and frank people Mr Krishna and
other staffs I cannot forget them My one month stay with
Krishna and ACDF Nepal .
In the beginning of 2005 it was long lasting .we had nice
trekking in Nepal. Lovely place to see there I hope my
little help to a community school at Shree Amarjothi Lower
secondary school will be fruitful. We handed this fund to
school to makes for school Furniture. Thanks to Mr. Krishna
to manage all.I will explain details when I back in France
this much now.
I am first Japanese for this organization .
I work with ACDF Nepal 2 months in Jan 2006 to March 2006.
Wonderful time for me . Working at hospital with doctors. It
was interesting time for me .People of pokara really I like
them.I am serving here as nurse.