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EXPANDING LIVES
May 15, 2010

I went on retreat with Expanding Lives, and it literally changed my life, and opened my eyes to the world. During this retreat, I acted as a cultural leison to help the four pre-selected girls from West Africa transition from country to country. During this retreat, we opened up to each other and talked about what our lives are like, and what we liked to do. This retreat helped me to realize how easy my life is in America, and how in other countries, women are still so oppressed! This charity empowers young woemn to stand up for themselves, persue Univeristy level education, and to become a leader in their own community to empower other young women. Also, I have personally worked with these girls in learning English. It's a hard concept to learn a foreign language, but it's even harder when you have to speak a language you are semi-knowledgable in in the same foreign coutnry. I loved this charity simply becuase it was hands on, and you had the experience of meeting the women from Africa. You were able to share cultural differences and make lasting friendships.

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

theory. The girls from West Africa return to their home country, and that is where change is ultimately done. I have told that some of the girls have graduated from University, and some have created community clean up projects.

Ways to make it better...

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

Try to organize a retreat/trip for volunteers interested in vistiting the places the girls come from.

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

making the interaction with the girls from Niger, Africa. It's a humbling experience to see girls come from a different country to educate themselves further.

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

amazing. They were all so open to adjusting to my own schedule. If I couldn't attend one day, they would ask me the next time I was free, and tell me when and where to meet them. You could tell that they were very dedicated to this charity.

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

change the world. They could educate so many women and those women would be able to create the "pay-it forward" effect. It would be AMAZING.

Ways to make it better...

I volunteered to help out even more!

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

connecting with the girls--but that wall is broken within the first 10 minutes of meeting them.

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

make a video that records the change that is being made.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I went on retreat with this orginization, and it opened my eyes.