March 1, 2012
I spent 4 months volunteering in Haiti before I found All Hands. They had a base in Leogane where they were focusing on multiple projects geared toward helping restore some level of normalcy to the community. Rebuilding schools, designing composting toilets, demolishing and removing the rubble from destroyed homes, assisting youth programs at a local orphanage, even providing means for clean drinking water to families. Volunteers were encouraged to work in those areas where they felt they could be the most effective. The staff was flexible and open to new ideas, and hard work was encouraged. Responsibilities were shared across the volunteer body in ways that made everyone feel important and effective. The most impressive part was All Hands' local volunteer program, a successful attempt to integrate the efforts of internationals with those of the locals. The hard work, cultural exchange, and shared responsibility coalesced into a true sense of community. All Hands felt like a family. I had planned on staying for four weeks. I stayed for fifteen months.
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?