I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
the growth of the projects. I first volunteered with FLFH in June 2010 and by the time I go back in January 2011 the projects had grown and changed, moving from Ntaja to Ntchisi, focusing on the new needs of Ntchisi. This organization is very thoughtfully run.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
hesitate because this is a tough question. Running an organization like FLFH is a very difficult thing to do. Although there are different ways to do this kind of project, I honestly believe FLFH does it in the best way possible. I would make no changes.
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
Did the organization use your time wisely?
Would you recommend this group to a friend?
What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?
I wish I had gotten a better grasp of Chichewa (the language spoken in Malawi) during my first trip. Because our job was to help the kids with English, I never really forced myself to learn Chichewa. It wasn't until my second trip where my homestay family spoke little English that I picked up more phrases.
Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
This experience has guided my studies greatly. Because of seeing Malawi, I have a new-found love for Africa and it's rich history. I am now minoring in 3rd World Development with a concentration in Africa. I met wonderful people through FLFH that still keep in touch with, both in the US and Malawi.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
I cannot begin to describe how it made me feel. Every now and then when I am sitting in my comfortable heated home with the leisure of running water, electricity, and new clothes I have a pang of a more heart felt appreciation than I understood before my time in Malawi. I feel absolutely in love with those children and not a day goes by when they don't cross my mind.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?