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Review for Alliance For International Reforestation, Inc., Atlanta, GA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

This was my first time as a volunteer for a non-profit outside of the US. I have not traveled very much outside the US, but have always been interested in environmental causes. Reforestation in Guatemala is approached by AIR not only by planting trees, but also by involving the local Mayan communities in the value of reforestation and in educating students in the science of aggro-forestry and conservation. By contacting and organizing local farmers to grow the plants, they help instill in the villages a sense of community, responsibility, and achievement that can be passed on to the next generation. Both volunteers and villagers work together, promoting common goals of conservation and community service. We planted 1,842 trees in 4 days and formed a wonderful bond with the people.
The AIR staff were so amazing in making sure all details of our stay were taken care of. The staff is also responsible for the curriculum in the school and the level of conservation education that they demonstrated in the programs was impressive. The staff are very dedicated to the mission of AIR and to making our stay a most amazing adventure. I will definitely be back and hope to bring my son with me.

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Role:  Volunteer