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A World Aware, Inc.
January 15, 2010

I have had different opportunities to work with A World Aware. One such opportunity was to be trained in small business ownership/management. I was equipped with knowledge on how to start my own business and successfully run it, ways on advertising, and organizational skills necessary to be successful. Another opportunity was to do volunteer work over in South Africa. During monthly training sessions with fellow team members, I was able to learn about the culture, customs, and geography of where we would be visiting specifically. I was also able to meet with South African people before ever stepping a foot into the country and interact with them regularly. Through this process I learned the South African etiquette, important terms and phrases, as well. We were well prepared for what to expect and what our roles would be with enough time to become a cohesive team as well. A World Aware was very excellent at estimating the costs for the trip and arranged the travel, where we would stay, and how we would get around. When the airline we had planned on unexpectedly went on strike, AWA handled getting everyone's travel arrangements transferred and everyone arrived timely and safely. During the actual trip we were able to help impoverished children eat, and to equip local teachers with improved methods of teaching. At the end we were debriefed regarding the extreme poverty we encountered. This debriefing allowed us to understand the impact we had made and how lives had been changed for the better. In my experience working with different organizations A World Aware stands apart. Their philosophy is to train the world's poor how to provide for themselves and others. They do not believe in giving handouts; instead they know that everyone has something to bring. Through my experiences working with A World Aware I have seen many people gain confidence when they realized they could not only provide for themselves but also contribute to their community and society. I would recommend A World Aware to anyone who wants to volunteer and help change lives and the world for the better.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

gaining business skills, and seeing people gain confidence as they contribute to society.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change how much publicity they receive and help them get more.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing lives improved and communities working together as a result of A World Aware's actions.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

cheerful, knowledgable, and excited about what they do.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world.

Ways to make it better...

I could have spent more time in South Africa.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

needing more volunteers and people willing to help financially on the causes.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Another reason they stand out from other organizations is that 100% of their donations is used for equipping the poor.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Train and equip teachers, provide meals for impoverished children, received business training.