Volunteer BaseCamp Nepal has a large team of staff. They are all super friendly and together they make the environment at the center a fantastic place for volunteers to learn about the culture in a comfortable and relaxing environment.
I joined BaseCamp Nepal in April 2010 as an Orientation Manager. In this role, my initial responsibility was to facilitate the volunteer orientation week and provide the necessary travel information and support to help volunteers get to their placements after orientation week. The reason that I joined BaseCamp was that I wanted a position where I could get involved in something that has a positive impact in my country.
I found working with volunteers really exciting, but I was also very interested in learning more about the organizations with which our volunteers worked. So, when the opportunity to become the Country Coordinator for the program came available, I jumped at the chance. I feel that I was born to help (My blood type is even O +!) and being a part of the BaseCamp team has given me the opportunity to meet that need.
I have seen many other organization in Nepal that are similar to BaseCamp but I have not seen any that put the same amount of care into ensuring that their volunteers are well prepared and that their placements are meaningful and productive. I am proud to be a part of the BaseCamp team.
Though my experience with BaseCamp I have learnt many things about local organizations and their challenges. I have also learned a great deal from our volunteers about their countries and cultures. BaseCamp has provided me a platform to learn and help. So far it has been an amazing experience that has completely changed my perspective and I look forward to working here for many years to come.
Sita has been working with BaseCamp since July 2012. She was recommended for the position by one of the women's rights organizations with which we work and she has been a fantastic addition to the team.
Sita enjoys working with foreign volunteers and helping our volunteers learn about and experience a range of Nepali foods. She also quite enjoys helping female volunteers figure out how to wear a Sari (traditional attire for women in Nepal).
Sita is working hard to improve both her spoken and written English and she has been very grateful for the support and assistance from volunteers staying at BaseCamp. She already speaks Hindi and Arabic fluently and is excited to be adding English to the list of languages she can communicate in.
Mangal has a long history of more than 10 years of experience working with international visitors in Nepal. This experience makes him very approachable and he will help to manage any issues related to the facilities at BaseCamp Nepal.
Mangal is also a wealth of information regarding adventure tours and excursions as he is also a trained and registered tour guide. Volunteers looking to plan weekend and post-program activities can work with Mangal to find the best options for the lowest cost.
Kabita is the mother of two children and was a shopkeeper for many years. While caring for her children does not allow her to keep a full-time job, weekend work with BaseCamp makes the economic challenge of providing for her family easier to manage.
Kabita is working hard to learn English but she has no background in learning the language before starting with us. This actually works great as talking with Kabita is a great opportunity for volunteers to practice their Nepali while Kabita has the chance to pick up new English skills.