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The HALO Trust
February 9, 2012

I've always had an interest in conflicts around the world, whether they were international wars or civil wars. I've always wanted to work in nonprofit work and decided to pursue an internship with The HALO Trust so that I could gain more insight into the world of nonprofit as well as to have the opportunity to work with such an amazing, well-established organization. I spent the summer of 2011 interning at their new office in San Francisco and it was such an amazing experience! Unlike other internships I've had where most of the work was administrative and clerical in nature, I felt like I really made an impact while interning with HALO and got to learn and develop so many new and important skills. I think the greatest taks I worked on were being able to research and develop grant proposals for landmine clearance operations all around the world. I even just found out yesterday that one of the grants was approved for funding landmine clearance in Kosovo! Amy and Claudia (the two lovely ladies who work full-time for HALO in the SF office) are absolutely amazing and taught me so much and let me take the lead on a lot of different tasks. I didn't even feel like I was an intern, I felt like I was actually part of the team, which was an amazing experience. For anyone who wants to learn more about how a great nonprofit works and wants to be able to undertake an internship or volunteer opportunity, I HIGHLY recommend HALO. You'll learn so much, feel like you're actually having an impact on the work being done, and you'll definitely come away from the experience very very pleased. Also, if you're looking for a charity to donate your money to, HALO is a great nonprofit that works in over 10 countries around the world that have experienced conflict to remove and destroy landmines, unexploded bombs, small arms, and ammunition. They're incredibly efficient and employ 8000 local staff in the countries they work in so that they empower locals to help their communities and to rebuild stability and safety. Yay HALO!

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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?

2011

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

Yes, many many effects!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Very happy and very important

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Grant-writing, research, development.

African Medical & Research Foundation USA
August 25, 2011

I'm currently a senior in college, but I chose to take a semester off in order to gain more insight into the inner-workings of nonprofit before committing my job hunt to the sector. I am so glad I found AMREF! I interned there for a few months and it helped me to really understand the healthcare-related issues facing many nations in Africa. What was even more important to me was that you really got a feel from the office and the people who worked there of the strong connection between what they were doing in an office in New York and how it affected people thousands of miles away.

After interning with AMREF, I have confirmed 100% that I want to work with a nonprofit organization that works to increase access to effective and efficient healthcare. Who knows, maybe I'll even work for AMREF one day! :-)

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

While interning with AMREF in New York, I learned a lot about what AMREF does to help people throughout Africa

Ways to make it better...

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

Open an office in San Francisco...

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?

Definitely

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

I made a lot of great connections, I learned plenty of new skills, and AMREF has confirmed my ambitions to work in nonprofit

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Very, very happy

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I helped maintain AMREF's website, wrote snippets for the social media accounts, did some research, and helped mailings and with maintaining AMREF's donor database.