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February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

The Free High School is amazing! Every Saturday it is PACKED with students, who come from far and wide and spend the entire day in school. Some students sit in chairs out in the hallway, looking into the class through the windows because the classes are so full. It is truly inspirational to see how dedicated these hardworking people are to getting an education. The endeavor would not be possible without the help of volunteers and donors, both from Nicaragua and around the world.

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I've been inspired by this organization for years as I've seen friends and acquaintances graduate from the Free High School, giving them more opportunities in life, and showing their children the value of an education.

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The Free High School is overcrowded and in demand! It has started building a new campus but this is only in the beginning stages. It needs a lot more money and help to create a true campus, rather than borrowing a children's elementary school every Saturday.

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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

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

Find funding to hire a volunteer coordinator

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

Inspiration, meeting new friends, learning ABOUT Nicaragua FROM Nicaraguans, hearing people's true individual stories, providing an opportunity for American and Nicaraguan students to meet, ask each other questions, practice language skills, and form bonds.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Inspired!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

The Free High School for Adults has become an essential part of San Juan del Sur educating and empowering its students. The school provides its students with opportunities otherwise unavailable to them without continuing education. Through education, not only are the individual students empowered, but spirits and attitudes change that affect the entire community. Some students wake up at 3 and 4 in the morning to attend and battle through horrible weather conditions to get to school! The Free High School has had an incredible number of graduates and an impact on even more people. San Juan couldn't do without it.

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seeing the results of the graduates by seeking formally unattainable jobs and stressing the importance of education with their children.

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

Expansion to other rural areas of the country or improved possibilities for transportation.

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

I am a volunteer at the school and am staying for 10 months here in San Juan Del Sur. This organization is doing great work! The motivation of the people working here is amazing. But I believe it's not just the teachers and volunteers that make this project so successful. The real power comes from the people that take the classes. They really WANT to attend the classes and study and improve their standard of living. I've witnessed several times that a student goes up to the teacher and asks for extra classes. Many times this can't be done because the students don't have any extra free time in their schedule or live too far from town. To attend the Saturday school, some students get up at 4 am to take the bus!

They have my utmost respect and I'm proud to be helping here!

Pieter Timmermans

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volunteering at the school in San Juan Del Sur.

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have the local people of the organization make time in their (very busy) schedule to take english classes. This could help improve personal relations and publicity.

February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

I have been a resident of San Juan del Sur for several years and have seen how effectively the Adult High School has educated hundreds of people every year.
This program offers educational programs out in the rural areas as well as in town. Young women who are restricted from continuing
their education in the regular public schools due to pregnancy can continue their education at the Adult Free HIgh School.
Also, people who work during the weekday can attend programs in construction, agriculture and tourism on the weekends. There is no other school like this in the area and it serves people of all ages who seek to improve their lives.
The longstanding partnership between a small town in southern Nicaragua and a town in Northeastern United States has developed and fostered the Free High School. This is a very compelling example of how communities very far apart geographically can work together!

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I have know several people who have attended the Free School and have learned about the programs from the director, Dra. Bello.

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I would help raise more funds for improvements such as helping with the construction of a new site.

February 20, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 20, 2011

I'm a volunteer advisor on the Free High School for adults. I have had an opportunity to meet the director and to read the reports of the work that is done there. It is the most exciting education project I have ever been involved with. The director and Margaret Gullette do a terrific job of keeping us informed. I plan to go to San Joan del Sur to visit in the near future. There are lots of opportunities to volunteer, both here in the US and in San Juan del Sur. Also, the project makes such good use of the funds we raise that I am always happy to contribute.

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Meeting people from San Juan del Sur and hosting a teacher in my home for 2 months. It was a great experience.

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

Try to let more people know about it.

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

Es muy lindo ver el entusiasmo y el motivo de los estudiantes y los profesores. Gracias a Rosa Elena, Margareth y Patricia que han dado vida a este proyecto y mucho mas en San Juan del Sur!!! Es muy importante de tener personas como ellas que tienen tanta energia para ayudar a otra gente que necesita salud y educacion!

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Porque soy presidente de la fundacion patricia claeys, aqui en Belgica, tengo bastante comunicacion con el proyecto. Lo que hacemos desde Belgica es enviar de vez en cuando voluntarios y organizar fiestas, vender flores, ... para ahorrar plata para el proyecto.

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Hare lo mismo que estan haciendo ahora!! Con mucha energia ir adelante y estar conciente de que podemos cambiar y mejorar para el ser humano!

February 16, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 16, 2011

The FHS is an organization with incredibly passionate workers. It is filled with people who sacrifice a lot to do their best and to help poor, difficult to reach communities who would otherwise have no access to secondary education. There has been an impact already from the FHS's presence, and this should continue to grow as the rural communities that it operates in become more and more educated and (hopefully) more wealthy as the people shape how they want to direct their own economic future. They operate efficiently and effectively and also happen to be incredibly nice, wonderful, inspiring people.

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seeing classes taught by excellent teachers to students who were incredibly attentive.

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

find a way to get their model out to other rural locations in Nicaragua.

February 16, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 16, 2011

El instituto Libre para Adultos Margareth Morganroth Gullette, es una institucion que ha venido a solucionar grandes limitaciones educativas que existian en nuestro municipio , madres y padres de familia ,obreros , campesinos que no tenian la oportunidad de accesar a un sistema educativa en una modalidad especial , gratuito . materiales libres y disponibles para cada asignatura , maestros con una gran calidad humana .
Ahora estudiar ya no es una dificultad , si no una desicion individual de interes particular y el instituto libre para adultos , no es solamente para adultos sino para todos aquellos que quieren un futuro mejor para sus vidas y la de nuestro municipio , sin importar su edad o condicion de vida.

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February 16, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 16, 2011

El instituto libre para adultos tiene sus orígenes en la alfabetización entre mujeres, en 1998, 240 mujeres organizadas en núcleos rurales y urbanos decidieron romper las cadenas y vencer la oscurana a la que fueron sometidas por muchos años, ellas muy decididas aprendieron a leer y escribir y alcanzar su primaria, luego demandaron mas educación y se apertura el instituto para educación secundaria y técnica beneficiando a 550 estudiantes. El instituto tiene un gran impacto social en el municipio, ha contribuido a mejorar el nivel de vida de las familias, a erradicar el analfabetismo y a dar capacidades para sentar las bases para el despegue de un desarrollo económico.

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Hemos tenido excelentes resultados ya que los pobladores que estudian en el Instituto para adultos tienen mejores oportunidades de empleos y estan formando sus propias microempresas, ellos reciben una educacion social y se integran a tareas concretas como el cuido de la salud y el medio ambiente,alfabetizan, hacen investigacion social para proponer e incidir en la soluciòn con el gobierno local.

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Integraria un programa de reconocimiento a las mujeres destacadas desrrollando el emprendimiento social.

February 16, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 16, 2011

I am working actually with the Technicals Institute in San Juan del Sur, I am a teacher for the Construction students,I want to say that i fell very proud to share my knowlodge with very interesting and hopefull peoples whoes don`t matter their bad economical situationr to continue student and progress.
This Project is very important for the Education and the economy in San Juan del Sur. Thank you very much to the Doners, and the Directions to made true the dreams of a lot peoples here. and to continue working for this town.
Muchas Gracias...

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A lot peoples whoes studied in this technical Institute, now they are working and the opportunity to get a job is better than before.

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