Bridges to Understanding
October 1, 2010
Bridges to Understanding provided a technological avenue that enabled my students to tell their stories. The use of digital cameras allowed them to see immediate results and collaborate with their classmates to produce a final product that shared a part of their lives with their classmates and classmates in distant parts of the world. A Bridges photography volunteer came to my classroom every week to work with the students and Bridges provided workshop opportunities for those who wanted to learn advanced techniques. They read the stories of students who lived in exile, poverty, and isolation while at the same time sharing their traditions, culture, joys, and problems. My students were able to communicate via the internet one on one with students in Tibet and Peru. Bridges to Understanding opened the eyes of my students to differences and commonalities in the world. Digital stories were made about religious festivals, games and sports, and the daily lives of my students. This organization gave my students the opportunity to learn about cameras, slide shows, auditory recordings, and the creation of digital stories. These are the technical skills they will be able to carry with them in the future, but more important, they learned about other cultures by making a very personal connection. I was so impressed with the involvement and outcome in many of the classrooms, I continued to work with Bridges as a volunteer after I retired. I now work in the office and in the classroom as a volunteer.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
the classroom and as a volunteer. Students are meeting peers from other countries, an internship program for high school and college students involving travel and mentorship in foreign countries has developed, workshops for teachers have increased.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Client Served & I participated in the photography workshops as a teacher anticipating using the program in my classroom. I was assigned a photography mentor and for two years.