May 28, 2010
I discovered VIDES when I was in college looking for a summer volunteer program. I was immediately drawn to their mission of empowering young people and women and the many types of service opportunities that the organization was able to provide. I participated in the mandatory Formation/Service Camp and learned even more what the organization is all about. VIDES promotes the DIGNITY of women around the globe, regardless of education, nationality, age, etc. At a global level, VIDES advocates for the promotion of women through participation at the United Nations. On a smaller scale, the volunteers themselves work hand in hand with women to help them achieve self-sufficiency, independence, self-confidence and the dignity that is a basic right of all individuals. After my service ended, I have continued to return to the Formation/Service Camps to help prepare new volunteers for their service experiences all around the world. I hear their stories when they return, and we inspire each other to continue living lives of services and promoting the vulnerable in our home communities--especially young people and women.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
through the reflections and stories of the volunteer missioners who serve women around the world.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every six months
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
MY ROLE:Former volunteer & I volunteered as a summer camp counselor and continued to be involved in training new volunteer missioners.