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AHEAD Energy
August 15, 2011

My experience with AHEAD Energy was excellent! I was working with a partner in Uganda, doing work at both a rural development center and a primary school. As an undergraduate student studying civil engineering, I found the experience that I gained through my work in Uganda to be even more valuable than most of my time spent learning in class. The hands-on, problem-solving approach that AHEAD Energy takes to finding solutions to energy-related issues in underprivileged areas is something I find fascinating and instructive. For example, my partner and I had the chance to actively participate in the construction and installation of 65 Rocket Stoves at the attendees' kitchen of a hospital. This hands-on approach was great experience for us and really made an impact for the community as well.

Overall, my experience with AHEAD Energy was incredible. I am very thankful for their support and guidance. While I didn't feel wholly prepared upon arrival, their in-country support helped direct us and accomplish the goals we had set as well as many more tasks as well. I would definitely not hesitate to volunteer for AHEAD Energy again!

The Great!

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

my education and my work with Engineers Without Borders.

Ways to make it better...

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

suggest attempting to better define the different directions our work may take us, though sometimes the uncertainty is just the nature of working in the developing world.

More feedback

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

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

Learned tons of new skills, networked with a lot of people, and got a chance to travel to a foreign country.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Incredible!

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I spent a month working in two different locations in Uganda, starting a Rocket Stove business and overseeing the installation of various energy projects.