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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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