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One Heart Source

Rating: 4.82 stars   93 reviews 9,908

Address:

PO Box 24293 Los Angeles CA 90024 USA

Mission:

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.

Target demographics:

low income communities and vulnerable youth worldwide.

Geographic areas served:

Tanzania, South Africa and Jamaica

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Rating: 5 stars  

OHS has changed my life. It is an understatement. I will never be able to express my gratitude and love for this organization in words. The staff is so helpful, so loving, so passionate, so driven, and has created an environment where their volunteers are challenged, encouraged, loved, accepted, and embraced in every capacity. Instead of working as an outside spectator with the Imizamo Yethu township, they work side by side with the children, family, and community leaders. Not only are the volunteers able to work in the mentorship program, but are challenged to be a part of Cape Town's unique history. We went on several immersions in the past four weeks that challenged anything i've ever read in a text book about South Africa. We were given several opportunities to engage in respectful dialogue pertaining to race, religion, culture, diversity, etc. Every penny donated to my experience in Cape Town did not go to waste. If you are reading and are questioning whether you should volunteer or not, take a leap of faith and trust in the journey. You will not regret it!
-Breeanna Horton

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2016

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I volunteered with One Heart Source this summer for four weeks. This experience has far exceeded any expectations that I could have had; everyone from the organization's leaders, fellows, mentors, and the students are all incredible. I know that I have made friends for life, memories that will last a lifetime, and gained knowledge that will inspire me in years to come. I cannot thank the One Heart Source family enough for the most amazing experience of my life.
-Nicole Malament

 
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One Heart Source is such a special organization and my summer in Cape Town is something I am incredibly thankful for. The people in OHS embody warmth, community, and the sincerest form of care. One Heart Source is a lot different from other volunteer organizations; after a day spent mentoring, leading workshop activities, and dancing, we came home and had unique and challenging dialogues on what happened and dug into the lives and history of the people in the township, Cape Town, and the country of South Africa.

As someone who is pursuing a degree in Education, it was so cool to see how One Heart Source approaches teaching students. I loved learning about the importance of teaching the whole child through so many different forms, methods, and lessons. I learned so much from my student, Luphumzo; he taught me resilience, compassion, and a unique love for science and nature.

The community of volunteers and Fellows is something hard to put into words. What I thought was special is that when you bring together 30 passionate and self-less young adults together you find something really beautiful. Each person brought such a diverse perspective and I am so lucky and thankful that I was able to grow alongside everyone in my cohort. Hiking up Table Mountain, taking tours throughout Cape Town, and writing lessons with each other late at night, I was constantly surrounded by such beautiful-hearted people. No other volunteer organization has brought me so much courage, curiosity, and renewal. One Heart Source is doing amazing things, and I am so thankful that I am able to be a small part of it.

 
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6 people found this review helpful

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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6 people found this review helpful

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.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

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.

 
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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.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

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♡!

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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