I just returned after a month in Pokhara where I volunteered for 2 weeks in a Buddhist Monastery and then 2 weeks in an orphanage.
I have previously volunteered in 9 different locations around the world, and have used 4 different organizations for my placements, both large and small. Alliance Nepal, and particularly its director Krishna was/is the absolute perfect choice for anyone considering volunteering in Nepal and the Pokhara area in particular.
First, all the logistics worked perfectly. Was met at the airport in Kathmandu, a hotel room had been arranged the first nite and getting me to Pokhara went smoothly. But it was when I got to Pokhara that Krishna shined… and showed why I was so glad I chose Alliance Nepal. It is because Krishna is personally involved in the entire placement, it is not delegated to another person. Krishna also is the easiest fellow to speak with and is committed to making sure the volunteer has the best experience possible…. He is just a top shelf person, totally trustworthy, honest and has made this his passion and life’s work.
Like I said, I’ve been volunteering for years and know what I look for in a placement. He placed me in a Buddhist monastery where 3 other organizations I contacted couldn’t for January when I was going to be there.(I taught English to the monks). Home run! Then the next 2 weeks I wanted to be at an orphanage as I have done so 5-6 times previously. I must say, it was the best run orphanage I have worked with and the kids were incredible.
Perhaps I just got lucky with my two placements… but I don’t think it was luck. Krishna just knows Pokhara and the placements and NGO’s available there… he was great! Also, he had me over to his home twice to share daal bhaat meal with him and his family, set up paragliding and sightseeing stuff for me to see….
Anyway, for anyone who wishes to read my online travel journals and the one about Pokhara, go to www.Travelpod.com/members/splunk . Feel free to also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be glad to try to answer any questions you may have.
Anyway, Krishna and Alliance Nepal are excellent and I don’t believe you can do better if you are looking to volunteer in Nepal. Thank you Krishna.