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February 6, 2012

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February 6, 2012

AIWR is making substantial and enduring contributions to girls' education in Afghanistan. The girls risk their lives every day to come to school and learn; they are eager, sincere, and courageous. It is a tremendous honor to connect with Afghan students and work with them to improve their English language reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. I LOVE this organization and our mission so much I've recruited others to teach and spend my free time sharing the word about AIWR's good work. Most of all, I am SO PROUD of our students. They ROCK.

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

My exchanges with my students at AIWR and the young women who work as coordinators at the center.

Ways to make it better...

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

Spread its reach into Pakistan and other areas of Afghanistan.

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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

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It brings me two hours of joy each week. The moments I spend working with my student each week are sweet and fun. We learn a lot from one another.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Peaceful (when my student and I are working together), sad and worried (when I read about bombings in Kandahar, connected, open-minded, responsible, and wholehearted. I LOVE this job.

February 3, 2012

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February 3, 2012

I've been teaching with AIWR for just under a year now and it is a great experience for me as an English teacher. The Alliance does amazing work matching women living in difficult circumstances with teachers all over the the world. It is heart-warming to see my students' English level improving and inspiring to hear of their stories and plans. The support from the coordinators in Afghanistan and North America is also excellent. Keep up the great work AIWR!

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

Seeing my students' English improve, hearing of their achievements.

Ways to make it better...

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

none.

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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

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes, I have learned a bit about life in Afghanistan and made some great teaching contacts.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Great personal satisfaction

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

I am an armchair volunteer teacher teaching English to an Afghanistan girl with the Alliance for International Women's Rights. I have just started teaching this week and worked with my student once. However the process of aligning with the organization has been flawless. This organization has been helpful in all aspects of this process. Their background, mission and details are well outlined. The staff have been very responsive with coordinating schedules for students and teachers. After the schedule was worked out, introduction letters were sent along with a carefully thought out Teachers Handbook. Included in the handbook were cultural aspects of teaching woman in Afghanistan as well as specific technical instructions for using SKYPE. As I have been teaching English in a variety of settings I was pleased to see well thought out assessment and progress forms for noting achievements. Additionally there are chat rooms and teacher forums as a venue to exchanging ideas and events. This is my first experience doing volunteer work and I am as excited about this as any of my other work. This for the most part is a result of the endeavors and successes of the AIWR.

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

The results I've personally experienced include publicity in my hometown for what I am doing and what the AIWR is doing. Also, this experience will help me with on-line language teaching for future work.

Ways to make it better...

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

work more for publicity and exposure.

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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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

connect me with teacher that has volunteered as armchair English teacher

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes, it is teaching me a new skill. (On-line English teaching)

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Excited!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011

AIWR supports women leaders and future women leaders in developing countries, where women's rights are often times almost non-existent. Through volunteers and a tireless leader in Ms. Lisa Herb, the group brings hope and opportunity where there would otherwise be none. Numerous volunteers take time to reach out through Skype and interact and teach young women who seek to make a change in their own communities. This organization shows how the world is a "small place."

Yet, the benefits extend beyond those individuals. The opportunities that this organization creates are connections between people of different cultures, which enrich all individual's lives.

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

Hands on experience as a volunteer, donor and serving as a Board Member.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would like to see it gain more visibility and more funding that would expand its reach to more women throughout the world.

March 23, 2011

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March 23, 2011

The AIWR provides learning opportunities for women in a country in which women have few rights and little safety. Even seemingly simple tasks like meeting with learners for English lessons on Skype pose significant challenges given the infrastructure and cultural issues involved in working with Afghanistan. Yet the director, board members and volunteers persevere, and their commitment is making a real difference to the lives of women.

The Great!

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

I have spoken with teacher volunteers, learners and coordinators- I've heard stories of their successes and challenges.

Ways to make it better...

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

suggest them to the director, who is open to ideas and determined to try to provide services for as many women as possible.

March 23, 2011

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March 23, 2011

AIWR understands that volunteers are the backbone of a not-for-profit organization, and has in place practices that are vital to keeping them. So far, all my needs and wants as a volunteer have been met. I was immediately welcomed, receiving a warm reply on the same day that I applied to be an ESL tutor. I was not asked to pay a fee to volunteer (an oxymoronic trend in the international charitable world these days). I was treated as a professional, given detailed information about time commitments, technical and cultural circumstances, and general expectations (both AIWR’s and mine). I am well supported through access to educational materials, forum access to other Alliance tutors, and by a terrific volunteer coordinator who responds quickly and appropriately to technical, educational, scheduling and emotional issues. I also have the freedom to work independently within set parameters and guidelines. I have been thanked more often in my few weeks with AIWR than I was in a decade with another international development organization. And it almost goes without saying that AIWR provides me with meaningful work -- a chance to make a positive difference in a woman’s life.

The Great!

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

working with a very keen, young, Afghani woman who soaks up learning like a proverbial sponge.

Ways to make it better...

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

provide long-term funding to allow AIWR to expand its volunteer programs (ESL and professional mentoring) around the world.

March 22, 2011

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March 22, 2011

As a seasoned volunteer and professional volunteer administrator, I know a well-run nonprofit when I see one, and the Alliance for International Womens Rights (AIWR) is definitely well-run. I currently teach English in China and was enthusiastic about the idea of tutoring women and girls in Afghanistan. Twice a week I have a Skype call with 14 year old Noorzia. We cover the range of English topics from family to school to adding to her growing vocabulary. She's even asked for homework (imagine a student doing that), and AIWR has access to an English as a Second Language website with excellent materials. Their volunteer handbook is thorough, and the volunteer coordinator is always an email or Skype call away to handle concerns. The administrator conducted a thorough volunteer screening interview, and their support has been superb. I can't imagine all the challenges of running a virtual nonprofit, but I think volunteer opportunities like this will continue to expand. When I share my experiences with my college students in China, they're in awe that such a group exists. I am too, and I'm very proud to be part of their work.

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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in their concern for and empowerment of women and girls who live in a country where education for girls can be a rare and precious commodity.

Ways to make it better...

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

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would attempt to increase their visibility through every media source I could find.

March 22, 2011

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March 22, 2011

I enjoy volunteering with the Alliance for International Women's Rights in the Armchair ESL program. I have had great support from the organization that enables me to be successful in my work. I have worked for over two years with a student in the program and it has been a positive and enriching experience on both sides. The organization stays focused on its mission and purpose and keeps communications and requirements to a minimum in order to make the best use of volunteer time. They provide education and a forum for teachers to communicate concerns about issues that arise when working with their students and get feedback. Teachers are also offered mentoring from other teachers.

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

My student went from rudimentary command of English to being tested in Pakistan and found to be at the Advanced Intermediate level of proficiency. She also was offered a position to teach Elementary English.

Ways to make it better...

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

Get them more funding to expand the program and give Lisa Herb an award for humanitarian efforts and women's empowerment for starting this organization. Go Lisa!

March 22, 2011

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March 22, 2011

I have been working as a volunteer English teacher for the Alliance for some time, and I have had a positive experience. I am working with a teenager in Afghanistan. During our first session together, she volunteered that she wanted to become a lawyer. At the same time, she talked of her inability to travel anywhere within the province of Kandahar and beyond because of the Taliban. This young girl faces tremendous odds to come to the Afghan-Canadian Center to take English classes with me to help her better her future. The Alliance helps her to overcome these odds by not only providing instruction but also giving her an opportunity to meet people outside her community. It also provide me with the opportunity to meet a young woman who demonstrates courage, motivation and curiosity.

The Great!

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

the Middle East. I live in the ME. The organization is based in the US and operates in Afghanistan.

Ways to make it better...

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

expand its operations to provide service throughout Afghanistan.

March 22, 2011

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March 22, 2011

The Alliance for International Women's Rights is one of the most inspiring, grass-roots organizations I've run across in recent years. I love the concept of connecting professional women in the U.S. with women in Afghanistan and other countries with oppressive or troubled regimes. With all the wasteful "noise" we experience in our lives by the inundation of media and communications devices, it's a relief to see an effective, scalable solution like this that empowers people to build a better future for women -- one on one being able to share meaningful skills and support from the safety of their own home or workplace.

The Great!

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

hearing success stories from students and professional women in Afghanistan.

Ways to make it better...

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

give them more support to grow and publicize their work, so that more volunteers could be involved and more women could benefit from the empowerment of shared skills.

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