1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Volunteering in rural nepal: baglung, laharepipal. We were involved in funds, brainstorming and delivering educational programmes.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes I learnt a variety of skills such as learning to deal with conflict between both team mates and the local community. I also learned about culture.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoyed the programme immensley.it was without a doubt the best decision I ever made to take part in the vso programme and impact others lives as well as my own.
4. How valued do you feel by VSO?
I felt valued on a whole by vso. The support before and after placement has been very good. The support while out there could definitely have been improved. I did not feel valuer or liked by the team leaders which made approaching them in times of need very hard.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme was not as organised or structured as one might have thought. We were the 7th and last cycle of the programme and not much had been put in place to ensure the programme ended effiently. We had little access to the previous cycles files and as a result often redid programmes which had been done.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We did receive a fair amount of training but my personal opinion is that we did not receive enough training. More could have been given to make sure we were effective in our roles.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We received support from the employer but more support would have been both useful and welcomed. At times it was very isolating and emotionally difficult and we received no extra support where need3d.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
We were given an allowance each month which allowed us to live hand to mouth in honesty. We could have done with more but if we were good at budgeting then we managed ok.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes lots of opportunities often arise through the vso social media platform.
9. Would you recommend VSO to a friend?
Because it is a life changing opportunity. Not only will it change their lives but that of others too.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to VSO?
Make sure you don't leave all the fundraising until the last minute. And pack everything which is recommended by the return volunteers AA they will know bett3t than the trainers.