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October 22, 2011

I found Pagus while researching for my year off. I was a student and knew I wanted to volunteer abroad, but had relatively no direction after that. After talking with Ellen Berenholz (the director), I knew Pagus was the perfect fit. Working with Pagus allows you to shape your own experience. Ellen is extremely enthusiastic about any ideas that would benefit the students, schools, or even communities that Pagus is associated with, and she is more then willing to work with you on these projects. Another great thing about Pagus is its commitment to not only help impoverished communities, but more importantly to teach them to help themselves. One of the biggest problems that I witnessed during my travels was the role the western world was taking in aid administration. To often an organization will come into problematic areas and create unbreakable ties. This dependency can often be more problematic then the situation was in the first place. Pagus works in a way that not only directly benefits the community, but also insures that the community will be successful long after it leaves. Pagus Africa is one of the few organizations where you can be sure that you will return from your trip having accomplished something.

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