My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Edge of Seven Inc, Denver, CO, USA
I was thoroughly impressed at the quality of Edge of Seven. Going into a foreign country to "volunteer" - well, you hope you're going over to do something good. I was scared - so often non-profits have the best intentions, but lack either the organization or awareness of how to "get stuff done" in a foreign country and don't actually end up accomplishing much. This is NOT The Edge of Seven. Not only are they good at all those things, but they have partner affiliates abroad who were TRULY the best possible partners around. They ensured our safety and comfort, but most importantly, were truly working toward the vision of Edge of Seven and knew perhaps even more deeply than any Westerner could, the importance of what we brought with us. I fell in love with my host family, learned to speak a little Nepali, earned my Sherpa name, and believe it or not, thoroughly enjoyed back-breaking physical labor. If you're thinking about participating, stop thinking, and GO!
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I think more guidance on appropriate gifts to bring is helpful. Also - Nepali culture is very "shy" and not everyone in my group was aware of that or knew how to "break through" it. But the overall format I think was great. If anything, my group wanted less breaks and just to keep working!
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Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
Absolutely. Nepali is an entirely different culture, and it changed my perspective on how to approach the world, or how I view others in this country from another culture. It also verified for me my approach to meeting people from another culture and how to bond with them
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
Wonderful! I still miss my host family.