One Heart Source
Rating: 4.81 stars 90 90 reviews 7,180
Children & Youth, Education, Health
PO Box 24293 Los Angeles CA 90024 USA
One Heart Source (OHS) is an entrepreneurial non-profit organization that designs and catalyzes education programs that empower vulnerable people and communities with choice and opportunity. The organization’s model of international mentorship connects university students, professionals, families, and retirees to vulnerable youth and communities across cultural, social, and economic boundaries. With its partner communities in Jamaica, South Africa, and Tanzania, the OHS International Collective provides holistic care and academic excellence as a means of ending the vicious cycle of generational poverty. Our mission is to build environments within marginalized populations that promote a comprehensive approach to eliminating the gap between those who have access to bettering their lives and those who do not.
low income communities and vulnerable youth worldwide.
Geographic areas served:
Tanzania, South Africa and Jamaica
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This experience has affected me in ways I did not foresee. As with most experiences in life things do not usually go as planned, but always end up leaving you with something good and often better than what you had anticipated. At first, I had a lot of uncertainly in my ability to teach and also in my ability to affect others. I was worried that my experience working as a personal tutor in Hong Kong for the past two years did not adequately prepare me to work as a teaching volunteer overseas, and I was slightly frustrated that I did not spend more time preparing during the 28 hour flight to Cape Town. But over the last three weeks, my uncertainly has turned into an amazing and unique experience which has opened my eyes to new challenges and opportunities that have positively altered my attitude on facing challenges in the future.
It all started with the township visit in Imizamo Yethu on the first day of this program. Although people who live in the township have a hard time and an uncertainly for their future, people still wear a smile on their face, which really impressed me as a pessimistic person. They are always thankful for what they have, since their attitude towards life is what gives them the hope to face each day. During the township visit, I realized that by being born in a peaceful and stable country like Hong Kong, I was blessed. This experience not only reminded me to treasure everything surrounding me, but also raised my interest in reaching out to less fortunate children by sharing my knowledge through teaching, as a person’s education is the foundation upon which they build their future. As Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” If we can educate children in the right way our society will go nowhere but up, and I believe creating a better society will be the greatest gift for our next generation.
At school, I experienced many great moments while teaching. I ended my days so happily and enthusiastically that I knew I had selected the right thing to do during my summer. During the program, we had to prepare a lesson plan and materials to teach our students every single day. After each lesson we completed an analysis in order to mark and keep track of their learning progress. Exchanging teaching ideas with other volunteers allowed me to learn more about education systems in the United States and United Kingdom. It turned into a brand new experience for me and has allowed me to have a cultural exchange with others, which became one of my most precious memories of this trip.
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The experience in One Heart Source has affected me in ways I did not foresee. Ever since I was a child, I have always wanted to be a teacher. A Chinese proverb says, “Education is using one’s life to influence the other’s”, which is also the reason why I choose to join a 4-weeks volunteer program with One Heart Source in Cape Town, South Africa. It presents me with the wonderful opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of children while also influencing myself.
I believe a good teacher passes on to their student not only knowledge and skills, but also positive moral values. It is the reason why a whole person’s development takes a significant role on the development of a child’s health, and this is the short-term goal I wanted to achieve with my students throughout the program. I believe children deserve a happy childhood in their early years and to have equal opportunities in education, status, and most importantly, life. However, there are still a large amount of children living in fear of violence and insecurity of a safe life. They are unable to enjoy the most basic needs as a human - to be beloved by another, which highly affects the mental growth of a child. Therefore, I came here with the goal of giving my knowledge, love, and care to my students while also trying my best to make a large change through small steps over time.
If you have the same thought like me, please don't hesitate to join us as part of the One Heart Source family! Apply now! Together we can change lives!
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I first learned of One Heart Source several years ago when my daughter informed me that she was thinking about volunteering for an organization focused on providing educational enrichment experiences and opportunities for young children from disadvantaged backgrounds. She was especially interested in volunteering at Imizamo Yethu, a township near Cape Town, SA. She is the nomad of the family, however, I was still a little apprehensive. Nevertheless, I thought she should apply for acceptance into the program. She was accepted as a volunteer at the Cape Town location for a four-week session during the summer of 2014. She returned again for a three-month session during the summer of 2015 as a One Fellow in One Heart Source’s leadership series. I visited her on vacation and as a health professional, I spent three wonderful afternoons talking to a group of young school children that had expressed an interest in a career in the health professions. The children were in grade 6 and from the township community. This was one of the more memorable highlights of my trip to South Africa. The children were bright and engaging. They were already thinking about their future. Several wanted to be doctors, a nurse, a physical therapist, and a research scientist. Among the more interesting questions were those about what courses they would need, my age, and what is Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). For me this was a short but very rewarding experience. Volunteers with health profession backgrounds and students pursuing health careers would certainly benefit this One Heart Source program and, in return would derive great personal satisfaction through teaching a group of young children at a critical stage in their development.
One Heart Source (OHS) stands out because it is run by great people. The emphasis is on the children and finding long term solutions to the day-to-day struggles they are facing. Until volunteering with OHS I haven't seen such a transparent and adaptable organization. While they are far from perfect, OHS continues to learn and grow, all in benefit to the communities which they support.
This was one of the best two weeks of my life. Working with the kids was amazing. But even more amazing than volunteering with great children was working alongside volunteers and One Heart Source staff who are passionate about helping underprivileged youth receive quality education. When you work with One Heart Source you truly become part of a family.
Volunteering with One Heart Source will change yout life. It will stretch you, challenge you, make you cry with effort AND love. I went for four weeks and recommend you go for that long-more time with the kids, for learning, and seeing all of Cape Town. You become a family will the other volunteers and with the students. The leadership team is still growing & developing so you may feel it lacking at times. But they work hard to hear every concern and make themselves available to individuals and groups at all times. They have a strong philosophy and work ethic, and it will rub off on you♡!
One Heart Source was one of the best volunteer opportunities I have taken to date. I had never traveled alone internationally, but OHS made me feel safe, comfortable, and welcome from the first moment I was picked up at the airport. This feeling carried on into our discussions and time of teaching. OHS has a beautiful passion for helping others. Before OHS, I had a passion to serve others, but after my experience I would say that my passion has grown exponentially. Being a part of an organization that cares so much changed my thinking about people and the world. My time in Jamaica pushed me to be a better individual. I am so proud to be a part of an organization that is taking action to change the situations of education and health worldwide. My time teaching will be cherished throughout my life. It is an honor to be a part of the OHS family.
My involvement in OHS is as a donor for the past 5 years. I became aware of the group through my daughter's involvement. I have watched as she and other members of the group have grown in their awareness and dedication to the dire situation faced by some because of the lack of basic education. This group has exceeded any expectations that I had. Their commitment to the children and their families that they serve should serve as an example to NGO's worldwide. As a parent, I am impressed and confident with OHS' commitment to their volunteers to ensure that they are safe and encouraged to learn, grow, and flourish in their time spent with the organization.
Before starting my two weeks in Cape Town I was anxious as I had no idea what to expect from this experience. But by the end of the two weeks I was wishing that I had volunteered for 4. This is because when you volunteer with OHS you become part of a global family that is focused on enriching the lives of children via education, care, happiness and love. I cannot stress how welcoming the OHS family is and as a naturally shy person I found myself able to take part in meaningful conversations that in other circumstances I probably wouldn’t. So when asked whether I would go back I always reply with, “in a heartbeat.” Purity runs through the veins of OHS from the staff right through to the students. This is why I would wholeheartedly recommend volunteering with OHS. Not only do you create change but you change too.
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Deciding to travel to Cape Town, South Africa to volunteer as a part of One Heart Source was one of the greatest decisions I've ever made. My experience with this non-profit has caused me to positively grow as a person in a countless number of ways. It allowed me to meet people from around the world and establish friendships and relationships that will last a lifetime. I went in thinking I would just be teaching young students basic subjects like Math and Reading, and came out of it learning so much more about life from my students. Being welcomed into the community of Imizamo Yethu like we were family is something I've never experienced before, and the people of the community will always hold a special place in my heart. If someone were to ask me if they should volunteer with One Heart Source, I would say, without a doubt, ABSOLUTELY YES.
I got an email in the spring about an opportunity to volunteer in either Capetown. South Africa or Jamaica from One Heart Source with the 2 week program. None of my friends had heard of the organization but I was very interested so I did my research and decide this looks like something I am very interested in little did I know in June and July I would be making a profound experience. It has changed my life in so many ways! Being a mentor to kids brings inspiration and getting to experience a different culture on a personal level was truly an experience I would encourage any one to do. I can't say enough good things and how much you get out of the program but believe me its priceless!