Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
review their dispute resolution process. I think there needs to be a better established process that is clearly laid out for all to see, with the possibility for all who are involved in a dispute to have their voices heard (with non-biased interpreters provided if necessary). I'm not sure that All Hands has taken enough steps or done enough training with staff to be sure that these types of decisions are not made arbitrarily or based on personality issues, rather than based on the facts of the case.
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
Did the organization use your time wisely?
Would you recommend this group to a friend?
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?
Improve scheduling and communication of the shuttles that they hire to pick up people at the airport. I had two experiences with this process and both times, the driver was either not wearing an All Hands t-shirt or sent someone else to wait at the exit. They also did not have a sign with my name. Also, be sure that the vehicle coming to meet 4 people has room for 4 plus their luggage, not for only 2 people. It is important to have clear info about transport as it's stressful when first arriving in a new country.
Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
I got to put my previously learned skills in biosand water filter construction to use and this was a good review. I learned how fun and challenging it can be to work with cement to build (render) walls. I made lots of wonderful friends, both Haitians and "internationals" from a number of countries.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
happy, challenged, and sometimes tired from an honest day's work