My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for International Disaster Volunteers (Idv), Bristol, , United Kingdom
I can't speak highly enough about volunteering with EDV in the Philippines. I have been here for just over a month now and can't wait to see what my next two months bring!
Filipinos are some of the most friendly and welcoming people I have ever met. I have felt comfortable and at home here since I arrived. That is not just due to the Filipinos. The directors and other volunteers working with EDV are eclectic, fun and made me feel included from the moment I walked in the door. We work hard everyday and then at night we all take a load off and play cards, watch movies and hang out. It is a perfect balance of work and play.
I am charged with the task here of supporting a local youth group to plan and execute workshops and programs for the community. We just finished a 6 day theatre arts workshop for at risk youth from the community. I sat with them while they organized their ideas, had meetings and worked through problems offering a guiding hand and words of encouragement when necessary. I have never felt so proud as when I sat at the workshop and watched the youth that I had worked with for weeks effectively run a workshop in which they engaged the 30 participants, had fun and met their goal of putting together a showcase on the final day. If I didn't know any better, I wouldn't believe that it was their first time running a workshop and it was their own brain child. When we asked them after the workshop what they learned they told me that they gained the confidence to be leaders and to understand that they can achieve their goals as long as they put their minds to it and work hard. They (and I) can't wait to start our next project together and are ready to take on whatever obstacles stand in their way! This experience thus far has challenged me and changed me forever.
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