Bikram Paudel (Bicky), Founder/Director
Bikram is the founder of VCD Nepal. He started working with international volunteers since 2000 and has worked with over 3000 volunteers before he started VCD in 2007.
Bikram has over 18 years of experience working with international and local volunteers. He is really passionate about his work. He loves travelling and has visited more than 30 countries on various volunteer and cultural exchange programs. He lives together with his wife and baby boy at VCD volunteer home in Kathmandu.
Bikram is the first point of contact for volunteers interested in working with VCD and FRONTIER in Nepal. He can contacted 24/7 by any potential volunteers or organisations; his number is +977 9851034934, or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Santosh Pokhrel, (Tourism Times Editor and VCD Nepal Journalism internship head)
He is a one of the founding team members of VCD Nepal. He is responsible for arranging suitable placement for international journalism and photography interns. Santosh also works as an editor for a National fortnightly newspaper, the Tourism Times. He has visited Singapore, Indonesia and Romania on volunteer exchanges and capacity building programmes. Santosh joined VCD in January 2008 .
Bishal Paudel, (Program coordinator & adventure planner)
Bishal joined VCD Nepal in March 2013 after he returned from UK. Since than he has been working to place international volunteers in appropriate placements around Nepal and also plans the adventure section of the volunteer’s trip.
He lived in England for 18 month whilst studying Business. Upon his return from England, he started working with VCD Nepal. His hobbies include exploring and trekking.
Prakash Silwal, (Volunteer coordinator)
He has been working with VCD Nepal since August 2012. His duties are to provide volunteers with airport pick up and drop off and to take volunteers sight-seeing around Kathmandu. He is pretty handy when volunteers need him.
Pratikshya, ( Community Library Co-ordinator)
She joined VCD Nepal in October 2014 as a library coordinator. In this role, she helps Bikram to manage the community library in Chitwan. Pratikshya is very good at motivating the kids that visit the library as part of their after school project. Pratikshaya has visited Indonesia and Romania on volunteer exchange programes.
Sheela Rimal, ( Volunteer co-ordinator)
She started her career with VCD in 2011 . Sheela takes volunteers sightseeing around Kathmandu and also helps them to plan their trip around major touristy sites of Nepal. Sheela also teaches volunteers about Nepali culture. She lives together with her husband and a baby boy.
Shyam Silwal, (Village co-ordinator)
He started working as a village coordinator with VCD Nepal in 2007. He takes care of VCD volunteers while they are in his village by taking them sight-seeing and showing them around the village. His family have hosted more than 100 volunteers from 21 different countries in the last 10 years. He lives happily with his wife and four daughters in the village of Godawari, Nepal.
Gitte Hoehl, Denmark
Gitte has visited Nepal a total of nine times with her first visit in 2008. She has spent more than one year in Nepal, working at the orphanage in Chitwan, at monasteries in addition to volunteering at most of VCD Nepal’s projects. At home in Denmark, she is a retired teacher of 39 years and has a passion for travel, experiencing new cultures and helping where she can.
AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND COORDINATOR
Nicole Dobson, Melbourne, Australia
Hi, my name is Nicole. I was in Nepal for short of a month in 2018 and my aim is to assist the development of the program and it’s connection with Australia. The development in the community as a result of this organisation is phenomenal and directly having a positive impact on Nepali people. I hope many more Aussies can come to Nepal and share the experience I had with the VCD family. Send me an email and we can discuss possibilities.
Connie Lau, New York, USA
Connie has been to Nepal four times. She loves Nepal. She volunteered at the VCD office and also taught at the Children resource center in Pokhara.
Teresa Yung, Maryland, USA
Teresa worked with VCD Nepal in 2008. She taught English at the local school in Chitwan for 2 months.
Nathanya Laurent, Leeds, UK
Nathanya taught English in Nepal for 5 weeks in 2011 in her first visit. She volunteered again with VCD in 2015 for about 3 weeks.
Vibha Dhawan, Calgary, Canada
Vibha volunteered with VCD in 2011. She taught at the school in Pokhara for 2 weeks.
Miriam Pylkko, Finland
Miriam has spent a total of 8 months in Nepal.
Her projects have included helping at a monastery, teaching at a school and she
has helped with the establishment of the VCD head office in Kathmandu, and aided in coordinating volunteers. She has also traveled extensively throughout Nepal.
Rebecca Wollborn, Hamburg, Germany
Rebecca volunteered twice with VCD Nepal. In her first visit she volunteered at the monastery but in her second visit she did medical intern at one of our hospital placement.
Trix Van Hest, The Netherlands
Trix lives in Amsterdam. She volunteered with VCD in 2009 for a month.
Martha de Ramon, Barcelona, Spain
Marta fue una voluntaria de Cataluña, estudiante de sociologia que pasó 3 meses en Nepal. Estuvo alrededor de un mes como voluntaria en un orfanato de Pokhara, ayudando a los niños y niñas con sus quehaceres, jugando y realizando varias actividades de ocio. Otro mes estuvo trabajando en el monasterio del valle de Kathmandu enseñando ingles a los monjes budistas. Para Marta estar en el monasterio y compartir el dia a dia y las oraciones con los monjes fue una experiencia inolvidable.
SOUTH AMERICAN COORDINATOR
Maria Del Rosario Vasquez, Columbia
Maria spent about 5 months in Nepal in 2014/2015 . She joined VCD for tourism and hospitality program. She also helped VCD to develop it’s new projects. She is very kind and friendly.
MIDDLE EAST COORDINATOR
Shahad Alamoudi, Saudi Arabia
Shahad is a medical student. She did few weeks of medical intenship along with her two friend at one of our medical palcement in Kathmandu.
JAPAN & SOUTH KOREA COORDINATOR
Alicia Warren, Japan/South Korea
Alicia volunteered in an orphanage home in Chitwan for one month in 2008.