VIDES USA

Rating: 5 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education, Philanthropy

Location: 5630 W Commerce St Vides San Antonio TX 78237 USA

Mission: Since 1987 VIDES provides volunteer service opportunities for young adults and sponsors to promote education, social justice and solidarity. They serve with the Salesians (FMA, SDB) in Africa, Asia, North/South America, Europe and Australia. They share of their time, talent, and treasure to make it possible for the needy help themselves. VIDES+USA is part of VIDES International, NGO in special consultative status with the Department of Public Information and the Economic-Social-Council of the United-Nations.

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Rating: 5 stars  

VIDES is a wonderful volunteer organization that I would recommend to anyone. I loved it so much, I spent 2 summers volunteering in a junior high / high school for girls in Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras. Honduras has a high murder rate and many socioeconomic issues including a failing public education system and a systemic disrespect for women. VIDES offers a safe setting (I lived and worked in a school run by nuns respected in the community) to get to know a new country, culture, and way of life. In Honduras, my opportunities for service were limitless. I taught classes, and was constantly challenged. I felt like the work I did was necessary and appreciated. I was serving a population that is so important to Honduras' future, its female youth. I am grateful for VIDES for giving me the opportunity to fall in love with and serve the people of Honduras.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Great working Non-Profit organization all over the world. It takes volunteers to places they never even imagined...Thank God for this organization...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the work I did and the mission experience

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help to fund it

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

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6 people found this review helpful

VIDES allows volunteers to assist women and children to better their lives. After attending a solid orientation program, volunteers work all over the world to help promote indepedence, self esteem, & learning. I just returned from Guatemala where the mission utilizes 'micro-lending' - which is a hot word for a simple concept - help a women buy a pig, she pays back this loan when she sells the pig. Now she has bought a second pig, two chickens and corn to plant. She has five kids (the husband has abandoned them). Now, she is learning to become independent. She sees what she can do to better the lives of her family. This is just one example - there are so many more just like this. Thank you VIDES for your philosophy and dedication to the empowerment of women and children.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by seeing the nutrition of babies improve in Ethiopia. Students receiving an education and paying for their room and board by working in the cafeteria and around the school in Thailand. Rural women in Guatemala are becoming financially indepedent.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Promote the option to volunteer with this organization through more vehicles. I found this opportunity after much searching. I wonder how many others might also work with VIDES if they knew of its existence.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The dedication to the mission of empowering women and children.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Truly dedicated, kind, driven, efficient and fun.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

improve so many lives. By working at the grassroot level - they teach people to improve their lives.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to volunteer. I am full time worker and can only use my vacation time for volunteering.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Continueing to get the word out - so people are aware of the opportunity to volunteer with this organization.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I have been truly blessed to be associated with this organization. It is a gift to people who want to volunteer their time to help improve lives and be transformed in the process.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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5 people found this review helpful

VIDES USA is a wonderful organization both in its promotion of women and children throughout the world and in it's providing of opportunities for American young people to work for service and social justice in a wide array of domestic and international settings. I was able to work as a VIDES USA volunteer in Mozambique for 18 months where I taught high school classes, worked with young girls in an orphanage, and designed and implemented various projects for the promotion of women and children in a very under-resourced setting. I loved living and working with the Salesian sisters as they provided me a home community and a context in which to enter an impoverished area and used my skills in the best way possible to serve others.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Mozambique! I helped implement projects of the Salesian sisters in Mozambique by working as VIDES volunteer for 18 months. The support of VIDES made possible projects such as adult literacy classes for women, school lunches and child sponsorships.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with women and children throughout the world who really needed support and were able to find it through the Salesian sisters and VIDES volunteers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely committed to service and promoting justice for women and children.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide more schools, clean water, adult literacy classes, food support, medical support, and many other services around the world in the many places that VIDES and the Salesians work!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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6 people found this review helpful

As a member of the Vides Advisory Board, I was invited to participate in the 2010 UN Commission on the Status of Women. The conference provided me with an opportunity not only yo see how the Vides volunteer missioners teach, accompany, and empower the women they work with on an individual basis, but I was able to learn how Vides advocates for women on a global level. Vides co-sponsored(with the Salesian Sisters) an event about "The Empowerment of Indigenous Women and Girls." The projects that Vides and the Sisters operate around the world lead to the improvement of entire communities. Vides helps women improve their lives in all areas. For example, through acquired skills women soon become owners of their own businesses. Vides and the Salesian Sisters foster independence, not dependence on volunteers and benefactors. Vides supports its volunteers through service and beyond.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have the opportunity to teach with the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco School.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I discovered VIDES when I was in college looking for a summer volunteer program. I was immediately drawn to their mission of empowering young people and women and the many types of service opportunities that the organization was able to provide. I participated in the mandatory Formation/Service Camp and learned even more what the organization is all about. VIDES promotes the DIGNITY of women around the globe, regardless of education, nationality, age, etc. At a global level, VIDES advocates for the promotion of women through participation at the United Nations. On a smaller scale, the volunteers themselves work hand in hand with women to help them achieve self-sufficiency, independence, self-confidence and the dignity that is a basic right of all individuals. After my service ended, I have continued to return to the Formation/Service Camps to help prepare new volunteers for their service experiences all around the world. I hear their stories when they return, and we inspire each other to continue living lives of services and promoting the vulnerable in our home communities--especially young people and women.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

through the reflections and stories of the volunteer missioners who serve women around the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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