One Heart Source
Rating: 4.84 stars 104 104 reviews 10,115
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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A few months ago I decided to take a leap and apply for a teaching/mentoring opportunity with a non-profit in South Africa. I applied expecting not to get in, or if i did, I wasn't expecting to be able to go. However, I got accepted, and rallied up enough money and courage to go, and it was one of the best decisions of my life. I was so nervous to fly alone and to travel thousands of miles to an unfamiliar country with unfamiliar people, but the moment I stepped off of the plane and was embraced with a huge smile and hug from Annie, a heart fellow with OHS, I felt at ease. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. The entire staff made sure each of the volunteers felt at home, that each day was planned out and filled with opportunities for the volunteers where we were constantly learning from and connecting with each other, the community and our students. I wasn't expecting to be as impacted by my experience as I was, to feel so connected to a place and the people I met there that I felt like I was leaving my home and family when my experience ended. To anyone who is interested in learning more about OHS and may be thinking about applying, I encourage you to do it, to take the leap, because you will not regret it.
When I first heard about one heart source I wanted to be apart of an organization that tries to make a difference in children's lives through no only health but also education. However, when I signed about there was a lot of lack of communication that made me very apprehensive. Despite these feelings I went ahead with the program and it was the best decision that I made. With OHS I was able to work with students in Jamaica one on one, make a difference in their lives, and get embraced in another culture.
When I first heard about One Heart Source, I thought it was great but I didn't know much information about it at first. I was a little nervous arriving and starting out, but I am beyond happy that I decided to volunteer and participate with One Heart Source. It has changed my life and given me a different perspective on life. The kids are wonderful and working with them has been an excellent experience. I wanted to make a difference with them, but they have made a difference with me. They have changed my life, and I am so happy I was able to teach them. I recommend everyone to be involved with OHS. You will not regret it one bit!!
This experience has completely changed how I look at life. I am more grateful, open, understanding, and patient. I got so attached to the kids I was teaching and can't wait to get home and write them letters. I'm hoping to go to South Africa and see what else I can learn from there!
When I first heard about One Heart Source I was curious about what it was. As I looked more into it I got in hold of a fellow. She was amazing and so helpful. I left that FaceTime conversation with a smile on my face and my mind made up. In the summer of 2016 I was going to be headed to Jamaica to join the One Heart Source family. My time in Jamaica was the best experience I have ever had. I walked into this not knowing anyone in my program but coming out with friendships that will last a life time. My student I got to teach while I was there was inspiring. He came to school not wanting to learn. By the time I had my last day he got a 100% on his test on material he didn't know before I taught him. The smile on his face when he found out that he passed brought tears to my face. Even thought I only spent a short time with my student I will never forget him or any of the other students. They have all made an impact in my life. I'm sad to be leaving my new life long friends with One Heart Source but I'm happy I got to meet them. I definitely plan on volunteering again with this amazing organization.
I had the opportunity to volunteer in Jamaica for two weeks and it was a great experience. Jamaica has impacted me in many ways, and no words can express how grateful I am for this opportunity!
Such a great experience. Not only it enables you to help people , but also work with them. I have made several connections from everywhere in the world. So grateful!
No collection of words can really express the effect One Heart Source has had on me. OHS focuses not only on the growth of the communities they work in, but also the individuals they work with, from students to volunteers, and everyone in between. I had the pleasure of spending a month in Cape Town, South Africa, and was constantly in awe of the work that OHS is doing in Imizamo Yethu.
For anyone weary of taking the leap to volunteer with OHS, I would completely recommend it. I will be the first one to admit that I was nervous traveling 8,000 miles from home to volunteer with an organization I had had minimal contact with in the days leading up to my departure, and I know so many others felt the same way. A huge issue with communication was, I'm sure, due to the fact that the staff is a continent away and hard at work. I am so grateful that I made the decision to go, because I was definitely changed for the better. The nerves I had going into the start of my program dissolved as soon as I got off the plane and was greeted with so much love. The fellows, staff, and culture coaches make it their job to constantly be improving the program and are making formative assessments as we go throughout the days and weeks.
Most importantly, the students I worked with through OHS gave me a new perspective. I gained understanding through weekly language lessons, historical immersions, and through first hand experiences with my students. Every day was different, and each day was a challenge, but it was never work.
I believe that many parents and students expect certain experiences through these volunteer programs overseas. However, One Heart Source exceeded those expectations and gifted me with one of the best two weeks of my college career. The Health Innovative program allowed me to closely interact with two of the brightest students in the local South African community, and opened my eyes to the hope that many unprivileged people have. It's an incredibly humbling experience to make a difference, even if it's in one person's life. One Heart Source is very organized and structured in a way that allows students to make the most out of the program. It provided all of us a family and long life friends from all around the country. While my parents did worry about the program and the security of the area we were volunteering, One Heart Source always was there to protect us and allow us to experience first hand what South Africa had to offer but still showing the help needed without sugar coating the negative things. You meet incredibly people through One Heart Source, and it's a loving environment to be surrounded by other volunteers and fellows that have the same mindset and goals as you do. Like they always say, "it takes a great person to come out to South Africa to do what you are doing."
I have had the pleasure of volunteering with OHS for two summers and always enjoy my experience! There is so much love and respect among everyone and everyone is comfortable with being themselves! The kids are beautiful and help you realize so many amazing things you never expected in life! They will challenge you in ways others don't! And show you a more compassionate side of yourself! It also showd you how to be more selfless! It truly is the experience of a lifetime!