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Causes: Women, Womens Studies

Mission: AIWR's mission is to support women leaders and future women leaders in developing countries, with a current focus on Afghanistan.

Results: AIWR currently provides its long-distance English and Mentor Programs to approximately 55 women and girls. Since 2005, AIWR has provided its program to over 400 women and girls.

Target demographics: AIWR works to support women leaders and future women leaders in developing countries, with a current focus on Afghanistan.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 50 Afghan women and girls.

Geographic areas served: Afghanistan and Nepal

Programs: AIWR's English Program: The purpose of the English Program is to increase the English capacity of Afghan women leaders and future women leaders by offering live, long-distance, one-on-one English classes. By improving their English skills, Afghan women and girls can more easily reach out to the international community for education, information, advice and funding, as well as sharing their experiences with the world. The English Program matches Afghan women and girls with experienced, volunteer English teachers from the U.S. and other Western, English-speaking countries. Each student and teacher pair meet on-line twice a week, via Skype™, for live English classes, using both voice and instant messaging features. In addition to providing individualized English lessons to Afghan women and girls, the classes provide both the students and teachers with a unique opportunity to directly meet and learn about each others’ cultures. This unique cultural exchange helps to build better understanding and stronger relationships between the Western world and Afghanistan, one person at a time. AIWR's Mentor Program: The Mentor Program helps build the capacity of Afghan women leaders by offering live, long-distance, one-on-one mentoring relationships with American women mentors. The Mentor Program selects qualified American women professionals to provide long-distance mentoring to Afghan women and girls in the subject matter of the mentor’s expertise. The mentor and mentee meet weekly via Skype’s free computer-to-computer phone and instant messaging service. One example of our Mentor Program includes a team of Seattle women attorneys who have been mentoring Afghan women human rights attorneys twice a week via Skype. The mentoring sessions focus on English legal and political terminology relevant to the Afghan attorneys’ work, including discussing the legal and political terminology in the Afghan Constitution and comparing it to other countries’ constitutions. The Mentor Program also provides editing and writing support to its Afghan partner organizations. For example, Mentor Program Volunteers assist Afghan partners with writing and editing documents that have been translated into English, such as grant proposals, website materials, brochures, articles, letters, and reports. By having Alliance Volunteers assist with editing, research and writing, the partner organizations are able to improve their standing and communication with the international community and donors and more effectively reach out to the world.

Community Stories

130 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent program with invested staff and tutors. I highly recommend AIWR for anyone wanting to help women in other countries succeed.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an outstanding volunteer organization. The teachers who volunteer their time are talented English language teachers working all over the world. All of them are not only excellent teachers, but also generous and selfless professionals who are dedicated to helping other women improve their lives and their communities. It is inspiring to be a part of this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with AIWR for over a decade and have witnessed the positive impact that the programs have on the lives of the participants. I am inspired by the dedication and courage of the students and mentees as they achieve job promotions, are accepted into advanced degree programs, and are hired by international organizations due in part to the guidance and instruction of their mentors and teachers. It’s a pleasure to be associated with this well-organized, supportive, and impactful organization that empowers women in a country where it is very challenging to be an educated, professional woman.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an AIWR volunteer mentor and teacher for almost a decade, I am privileged to walk with courageous Afghan girls and women who are committed to empowerment despite many cultural challenges. The very essence of the program builds cross-cultural relationships that nurture an enriched understanding of issues affecting women. Working with my students is humbling, enlightening and rewarding whether they are in high school or a medical doctor returning to university for an advanced degree. The AIWR staff is consistently supportive of mentors, teachers, and students. It’s a pleasure to be associated with this program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I always feel so fortunate and blessed for seizing the opportunity to connect with AIWR and some of its phenomenal and dedicated mentors almost a decade ago. Over the years, I have learned so much through AIWR’s Mentor Program. The program has significantly helped me improve my career and advance my education. I am so grateful for all the things I have learned from AIWR’s mentors. Especially, I’d like to thank my long-time mentor, Gayle Zilber, for all her tireless efforts, patience, dedication, and encouragement. Also, I’d like to extend my sincere gratitude to Lisa Herb for establishing such an amazing organization and her motivation to empower women in Afghanistan and other developing countries. I have seen firsthand positive impacts of AIWR’s programs on women’s life in Afghanistan. I am very proud that I played a small role in identifying and introducing some great mentees to the Mentor Program, and I’d always be willing and happy to support and assist AIWR’s programs in any way I could.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with AIWR for two years. It is run by a small and extremely well-organised and dedicated team of professionals who are a pleasure to work with. I have weekly classes with a member of the judiciary and it is a real honour to assist her with her English studies. She is highly intellligent and conscientious student who progresses quickly. I have learned a great deal from my AIWR experience and strongly recommend the organisation. Charlotte

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered on the legal programme for over a year and it is a marvellous experience. My student is a dedicated member of the judiciary and she is both extremely bright and diligent, a real pleasure to teach. I feel incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to work with her and to continue to develop my online teaching skills and legal and cultural knowledge. AIWR as an organisation is highly professional in its operations and my colleagues are wonderful. I just wish I had found them sooner!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer teacher in AIWR for more than five years now. The coordinators are very helpful, and their work is so valuable. Throughout years, I've learned so much from my students. It's wonderful to be a part of AIWR.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

AIWR is a great non-profit organisation which helps women all over the world, with a current focus on Afghanistan. I am honoured to be a volunteer English teacher. Every week, I learn something new from my student, and I am more than happy to help her improve her language. If you want to put your skills into use, contact AIWR. The directors and coordinators are always there to help us.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that connects women across the globe to provide assistance and mentorship.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found out about AIWR while browsing for English teaching vacancies, and although I've only been a part of the program for a month now, it's clear that the girls and women involved in the program are fiercely dedicated to bettering lives and empowering themselves. The opportunity that AIWR provides to girls through KIMS in Kandahar opens a whole new world for learners, one in which they happily and fully immerse themselves. I believe this really is great and life-changing work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for AIWR for several years now and am so grateful for the opportunity to help empower young females in Afghanistan. These girls are brilliant and so hungry to learn and be educated. It is truly a pleasure to be a part of their journey. The Alliance For International Women's Rights is such a fantastic organzation. I applaud their gracious efforts in helping to change the world, one female at a time. AIWR provides all of the tools and instruction necessary for anyone who would like to volunteer in this way. If you are comitted to helping the female population learn English and empower them to use their voices to elicit change in their communities AIWR is a perfect place to begin. Lesley LaMarche, AIWR volunteer

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The tangible results the AIWR program produces are as astounding as the interpersonal connections and cross-cultural dialogue that accrue from the women's mentorship program. My mentee, Ms. Hakim, was recently selected as the first female Division Chair of Afghanistan's Citizens' Charter National Priority Program, leading the gender division for Citizen Charter development programs country-wide. She is the first women chosen as a Division Chair, and among the youngest Chairs currently serving. As a Division Chair she works directly with the Presidential Palace and over 10,000 local councils in Afghanistan to support gender parity and inclusion in infrastructure projects. Ms. Hakim in part attributes her success in the competitive selection process to her weekly professional English proficiency sessions. The joy and satisfaction in following stories like hers and playing a role in promoting her empowerment is just incredible! I'm glad Davis Wright Tremaine's Project W has become involved in AIWR.

Scarlett C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with AIWR began 13 years ago when I had the amazing opportunity to serve as an in-country volunteer with a partner in Mongolia. Since then, I have been a volunteer staff member, taking on different roles over the years to support our programs. I am honored to be part of this organization, and my experience has been incredibly positive, fulfilling, and life-changing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with AIWR for 10 years, and it's been an amazing part of my life. I am honored to work with so many incredible volunteers to support women and girls in Afghanistan and Nepal.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with AIWR has been nothing but positive since I joined in 2015. My mentees have been motivated, enthusiastic, and a delight to teach. As a teacher, it's a joy to construct lessons that are relevant to my students' careers and daily lives, especially knowing that they can draw on our sessions as they progress in their careers and bring progress and positivity to their communities. The program directors are always at the ready to support mentors and mentees alike with their insight and resources. I have nothing but the best to say about AIWR!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with AIWR for 3 years, almost as long as I've been an ESL teacher, and I can't think of a better way to use my skills. AIWR's program coordinators are nothing short of phenomenal. I have experienced personally how well they harmonize a legion of moving parts with grace and warmth. I truly feel connected to the AIWR team despite working remotely from home. The women in Afghanistan I have had the distinct honor of working with are a constant inspiration to me. I always look forward to my sessions with them, especially knowing that our time together will have a direct, positive impact on their local and regional communities. AIWR's dedication to its mission sets a high standard for all involved and makes it a pleasure for us to aspire to it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having retired from being a full-time ESL teacher for 40 years, I chose to continue teaching as a volunteer. About 3 years ago, I started teaching for AIWR. It is an excellent organization with clear goals, well-organized staff, and a commitment to providing educational opportunities to Afghan women. The women I have tutored have been eager to learn English, continue their education, and empower other Afghan women.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for nearly three years, and I have loved every minute of it. I cannot recommend AIWR highly enough!

Elizabeth F.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I teach English as a Second Language. I started doing this five years ago after spending twenty years practicing law in Canada. Since then, I have taught in China and now Saudi Arabia. I tutor a woman in Afghanistan who works in the legal system. My background allows me to help her improve her English. But I also try to pick readings that allow her to develop her ability to analyze different readings in English and look for deeper meaning in the text. I am always energized by our time together and I am amazed at her courage in taking on such a role in her country. I would never have made the connection with her without AIWR. My volunteering takes two hours per week total including preparation time - it really is quite easy for me to do. But I believe my volunteering with AIWR has the potential to have incredible impact on her life and on her ability to have an impact on women's rights in Afghanistan. A few hours here and there can make a big difference in the life of a woman in a less developed country.

Laycee G.

Donor

Rating: 5

What an organization! I started following this nonprofit years ago when a dear friend of mine started volunteering for them. I am a bit embarrassed to admit that until then I had no idea what kid of challenges and struggles that the women of Afghanistan face on a daily basis. The AIWR is helping these women and their communities in big ways. I can only hope that they continue to thrive in years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with AIWR is interesting and engaging - I've made new professional women colleagues in Afghanistan and become more aware of women's rights issues and access to legal careers in the region, while supporting my mentee - a woman law professor of human rights - in publishing her novel journal article about the rapidly developing commercial dispute resolution landscape in the country. Positive interactions and substantive volunteer work, it's a rewarding experience that develops everyone involved to a higher level.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve been following this nonprofit for a while now and it does great work for women of Afghanistan!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for AIWR for years now, and I've learned so much about online teaching and learning thanks to them! The coordinators are always there to help us when there is a problem.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assisting women and girls through AIWR is totally worthwhile and incredibly rewarding. Next month marks 10 years for me. Fabulous journey - wonderful people. I recommend getting involved!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with the AIWR English Program for almost 6 years. While it often presents challenges, it is always rewarding. The women and girls who access this program in Afghanistan are pretty amazing. Despite the serious deterrents they face they are totally determined and committed to pursuing education. A small portion of time volunteering comes with the constant reminder of the enormous value embedded in this mutually educational relationship.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As the Executive Director of AIWR, I feel compelled to give a review of five stars to all the amazing volunteers who work so hard to run AIWR and to support our programs. Every single day I am impressed by and grateful for the tireless dedication, talent and immense generosity of the individuals who oversee and manage AIWR's English and Mentor Programs and administrative functions. Several of AIWR's core staff have generously volunteered with AIWR for well over ten years and have helped AIWR serve over 400 women and girls in Afghanistan, Nepal, Mongolia and Kazakhstan. It is always such a huge privilege and honor to work with the AIWR team.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been an AIWR volunteer ESL teacher for about 10 months. It's been great! I help a doctor in Afghanistan practise her English, and I feel that I've learned so much from her as well. She's extremely hardworking and a very interesting person. I also have nothing but praise for AIWR coordinators and other volunteers- everyone I've spoken to from this organization is very caring and dedicated. I heartily recommend anyone to be involved with this nonprofit in any way that they can!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started working with AIWR in 2016 and have had nothing but a positive experience. As an ESL professional for well over a decade, I have worked with hundreds of students, but the connection that I made with my student through this organization was so special. We worked on grammar and writing, etc, but we shared life experiences and developed a wonderful connection and still catch up with one another from time to time.
I have just started to work as a mentor for a different aspect of this non-profit and I anticipate the same experience. This is because the organization and the communication from the staff at this organization help to make taking part in their organization extremely easy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been an ESL Volunteer for a mentee for a little over six months now and really feel good about this organization. I spent time in the Middle East and have some familiarity of some of the challenges women face there. I'm thrilled to be helping bring English education to those who can use it to rise above those challenges and achieve great things. With some non-profits, it's difficult to tell how much of a difference you're making, but I see it every week when I talk to my mentee. It's been great fun getting to know her.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with this organization has opened my eyes to the work needed to improve gender equity in Afghanistan and across the world. This nonprofit makes "on the ground" work possible and connects people across oceans. As someone passionate about international women's rights, it's challenging to find opportunities and AIWR makes that possible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this organization for 1 year and it has been unbelievably rewarding. The woman I work with has taught me so much about Afghan culture and I've enjoyed helping my mentee learn English grammar through our weekly sessions. This organization has given me and my mentee continual support and guidance and ultimately is improving access to women who need it the most.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer online English tutor with this organisation though it’s collaboration with KIMS in Kandahar. The opportunity to connect with young Afghan women from here in Australia , providing them with English classes on Skype and valuable female mentorship, is nothing short of extraordinary. Through numerous technical and logistical issues, the students are motivated and engaged. The administration of the program runs smoothly both in Afghanistan and from the USA / Canada, and is robust and well-resourced. Teachers are also well supported in what can be a challenging role. I can’t recommend AIWR highly enough.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with AIWR for three months. I have a very busy schedule working full time and taking care of my three little children and it might seem that this volunteering position would cause difficulties in my life. However, that is not true at all. On a personal level, it helped me feel like I was doing something valuable and important and giving back to the society. I enjoyed every moment of classes with my Nepali student. I feel like I learned as much from her as she did from me. It was an amazing experience and I would love to volunteer for AIWR as long as I can.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer Coordinator for AIWR's English Program for nearly 2 years. I've worked with the English programs in both Afghanistan and Nepal. I am inspired every day working with such a talented and dedicated group of women - both on the volunteer side and the student side. I am so grateful to be part of this incredible group of women. AIWR is truly making a difference in the lives of women and girls around the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have taught English as a Second/Foreign Language for 40+ years and am now "retired." My life is at the point where I can "give back," and I am very selective as to where I will volunteer. My first choice is AIWR - it is an organization which is devoted to making the world a better place by helping women to better themselves, their families, communities, and countries. I currently tutor Afghan girls. Having been in Afghanistan in the early 70's and being aware of the current political situation, I appreciate the cultural sensitivity AIWR demonstrates in its activities. AIWR is an organization worthy of supporting.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great non-profit working with women around the world. I am a volunteer mentor for them. They are responsive and helpful. I will work for them as a volunteer forever@

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have learned so much as a volunteer for AIWR! The students are inspiring as they overcome so many challenges in life. It definitely gives me perspective. They have helped me to be a better teacher. I only hope I can help them pursue their goals in some small way.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with them for the past three months and it has been phenomenal. I feel like I am making a real impact in the life of a woman who is trying her best to overcome the circumstances she faces in her country. I know the volunteer work I am doing with them is making a difference and is needed. The organization itself is very responsive to any issues that arise and the staff has been beyond helpful when I have required it. I am so proud to be associated with this organization and it's helping me grow as a person as well.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a volunteer English teacher since February and I am proud to work alongside these amazing people in the organization. We have Skype sessions twice a week. The students learn English while discussing everyday topics, such as work, chores, likes and dislikes, and general experiences. We also learn about each other's cultures. AIWR gives them the opportunity of getting to know other countries and ways of living (I've joined from Argentina!), and the girls are eager to learn! The experience so far has been incredible, as I have been able to interact with wonderful young women from Afghanistan who have shown me how important it is to fight for your future no matter the odds. AIWR is a professional, well-organized non-profit which helps to make a positive difference in the world. I'm so glad to be a part of it!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer ESL teacher with AIWR in collaboration with KIMS in Kandahar, Afghanistan since January 2017. This is an excellent non-profit run by a passionate, highly organised staff with a clear and pressing goal; to connect women and girls across the world in the advancement of global womens' rights, one relationship at a time. The program is conceptually robust, culturally sensitive and gives much to both teachers and students. I give them my full recommendation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been working with the Alliance for almost two years. I treasure the contact with the young women I've tutored. My third student is an appellate court judge. I am inspired by her. I look forward to our tutorials/conversations every week. I am in the position of learning far more than the student. The Alliance is an amazing organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer in this organisation for three years. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn about other cultures as well as improve yourself as a teacher and put your skills into use. The coordinators are really helpful, and you never feel alone when you have a problem. I'm glad to be working with them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for AIWR the first time this year, after putting off volunteering for them for the past ten years. The team at AIWR are extremely supportive and enthusiastic about the program, which in addition to knowing the valuable purpose of offering education to females in disadvantaged regions, offers great motivation to volunteers to deliver meaningful lessons. AIWR genuinely wants to make a difference. They are not just a token presence. There is thought-through feedback built into each student's course, so that progress can be formally recorded by the teachers. I felt extremely rewarded at the end of my volunteer shift to hear my student say that she was going to attempt entry into a dental school. I would definitely advocate anyone with time to spare to volunteer with AIWR.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer ESL teacher and program coordinator since January 2012 and have loved every minute of it. AIWR is an incredible organization to work with, comprised of amazing women that work tirelessly to provide the girls of Kandahar and Biratnagar with a quality education. The relationship between the volunteer teachers and students is the foundation of the organization's success. Each teacher works with one student to provide tailored tutelage to ensure the student has the best experience possible. Relying solely on the dedication of its volunteers has enabled AIWR to tap into the long-distance learning market and reach thousands of girls across south Asia. AIWR truly is a great non-profit!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with AIWR as an English teacher in 2012. I've enjoyed every moment of my classes with my Afghan student, and of working with the amazing AIWR team around the world. I can attest to the powerful bond teachers form with their students and how life-changing it can be for all those involved. I feel incredibly fortunate to be apart of this phenomenal organization that achieves what countless others only strive to. I began coordinating the morning English class in Afghanistan this past September. Doing so has provided me with a unique opportunity to connect those who share AIWR's mission of empowering women around the world with the young women of Kandahar. It has been an absolute privilege to witness the growth of this organization over the past few years. I am greatly looking forward to seeing what the future holds for the young women of Kandahar who have participated in our program!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

For me, an educational NGO is the backbone of developmental efforts as someone has rightly said that Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.
I have done only one session with AIWR as a volunteer ESL tutor. However, it has taught me a life long experience too. The role that AIWR is playing by providing educational support to girls is not only an effort to improve their educational standards but to equip them with a life long confidence and self esteem in order to live and lead lives of many around them with a firm faith that education is the strongest pillar to develop a nation and ultimately a region.
Keep it up!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for about six weeks and it has been a very rewarding experience. I am working with a delightful young woman and we are learning so much from each other. AIWR does great work and is a professional and well run organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Please visit the AIWR website at http://www.aiwr.org/in-the-life and in the section, "In the LIfe" tab, read the writing of some of the students. You'll find they express their opinions, points of view, and wishes most eloquently and passionately. I've been a volunteer with AIWR for about 10 years! First, I was a volunteer teacher and for the last couple of years I've been a volunteer coordinator of the English Program. What keeps me involved is the knowledge that AIWR is making a difference in the current and future lives of the students.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer since 2006, teaching and now coordinating. I have learned so much about another culture, about teaching ESL, and now learning more about how a great volunteer organization is run. The students in Afghanistan face many challenges by even attending school each day. The English Program, offered through AIWR, allows them to consider and prepare for opportunities of the future.

The coordinators and Executive Director, Lisa Herb, have always been supportive, and made certain that the time and effort given by a volunteer is well placed.

What I really enjoyed while teaching was that we used everyday topics to study and practise the skills of English. We shared information about food, chores, etc. A student might be applying for a job and so, we would use ‘job search’ as a theme to practise skills. When I learned that a student liked art, for example, then I chose material about art. I learned a bit about the arts in Afghanistan!

Volunteering with AIWR has been a very eye-opening and rewarding experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer Coordinator for AIWR's English Program in Afghanistan since January of this year. I work with the on-site coordinators in Kandahar to pair girls and women in Afghanistan with our worldwide network of English teachers. AIWR screens our volunteer teachers (for programs in both Afghanistan and Nepal, in addition to our volunteer mentors) to make sure they have the necessary professional qualifications and cultural sensibilities. It's a joy to watch the connections between our teachers and students grow. And, when one of our students moves on from our classes to attend university, we're all filled with such joy for her future successes! It is an honor and privilege for me to work with such a talented and dedicated group of women - both on the volunteer side and the student side. AIWR's English classes are so much more than just language learning. They facilitate intercultural exchanges and give women around the world, who otherwise would never have met, the opportunity to develop lifelong connections.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for AIWR for more than two years now. It is a great organisation that supports women and helps them have awareness about their rights. I learn a lot from my students, and the coordinators are always there to help. Becoming a part of AIWR is one of the best decisions I've ever made. It is definitely a life-changing experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer English teacher with AIWR for three years and it has been the most rewarding thing I have ever done! Apart from helping one woman learn and grow I have made great friends in a culture I would not have encountered any other way. It's definitely a two way street!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Alliance For International Women's Rights for about 6 months, and have had a wonderful experience so far! They are dedicated and always willing to answer questions from their volunteers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AIWR offers Afghan and Nepali women a unique opportunity to take advantage of English lessons and professional mentoring safely and effectively. AIWR screens its volunteers very carefully to make sure that they have the appropriate professional credentials and cultural sensitivities necessary for working in Afghanistan and Nepal. The educational and cultural exchanges that take place through AIWR and its partners organizations are nothing short of miraculous. Peace and cultural understanding through one-on-one educational programming. We all learn from each other to make the world a better place, one conversation at a time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an outstanding and innovative organization, and I love being a part of it as a volunteer teacher. AIWR is breaking down barriers by using Skype to bring Afghan women directly into contact with teachers and mentors outside of Afghanistan. It's not only the students who benefit; as a teacher, I'm learning so much as well! I love spending time each week "in" Afghanistan and learning about this country directly from the women who live there. Thank you, AIWR, for this rewarding opportunity!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hundreds of women students of the Kandahar Institute of Modern Studies (KIMS) have been trained in English language, communications and leadership skills since the Alliance for International Women’s Rights (AIWR) partnered with KIMS in 2008. AIWR matches women at KIMS to skilled professionals in developed countries including the United States who wish to use their skills and experience to further women’s education. The skills that women in particular obtain from the KIMS-AIWR education program help them enhance their roles in Kandahar’s communities, increase their participation in social, political and business activities, and improve their political and socio-economic standing within Kandahar’s deeply conservative society. After women graduate from KIMS-AIWR programs, their capabilities and skills allow them to make independent decisions, secure better employment and provide the key necessities of life not just for themselves, but for their communities and families as well. In return, women have an increased role and influence in both social and political life in society.

The skills taught by AIWR professionals greatly improve KIMS’ women students’ leadership, confidence-building, public speaking, critical thinking, and employment prospects. The model that KIMS-AIWR utilizes is both simple and effective – it is a technologically savvy, internet-enabled, community managed, and within Kandahar’s existing cultural and traditional values. It is supported by a wide range of international volunteers. Support from AIWR volunteers allows the institution to access modern education such as online courses, innovative ideas and technologies. These technologies and the cross-cultural interactive environment helps women in Kandahar obtain hope through interaction with other likeminded students, teachers and people, both inside and outside Afghanistan.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am the English Language Program Director for AIWR, and I cherish every opportunity I have to contribute to the educational goals of this amazing organization. Students, teachers, coordinators, and directors are all equally committed to high-quality educational exchanges and meaningful international and interpersonal connections at AIWR. I feel incredibly fortunate to be part of this amazing organization, and I truly believe that the meaningful connections we are forging are life-changing for everyone involved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the great honor to work as English Language Program Director for AIWR since January, 2013. I am continually amazed by the courage and motivation of the Afghan girls and women who study English with our volunteer teachers, and I'm constantly impressed by our teachers' dedication and commitment to the program. We have all learned from each other that education and international understanding are key to making our world a better place.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer teacher for AIWR since 2011, and an English-program coordinator since 2014. My student in Kandahar, Afghanistan and my fellow coordinators have given me knowledge that fundamentally changed me. The program is set up so that with only volunteer coordinators and teachers, dozens of young women in Kandahar are able to learn English each year. The relationships formed between students and teachers are precious and every time, reported as life-changing. AIWR proves that non-profits can be efficient, run on an incredibly low budget, and make a massive impact.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a fairly new volunteer with AIWR having just joined the teaching/mentor team a few months ago. Since then I have been truly touched and inspired not only by the AIWR team but also by the students I work with. It is truly an invaluable exchange of culture and language. AIWR has made it possible for women all over the world to connect, share, and learn in such a positive and uplifting environment. Though the staff is spread out, they are always attentive to all my concerns and questions and have offered help and support whenever I need it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with AIWR for almost seven years now, and it has consistently been a wonderful experience. I have learned so much from the senators and women's rights attorneys who participated in AIWR's Mentor Program, while enjoying the feeling of being useful to them. Witnessing their increasing professional mastery and success over the years has been very rewarding, whether seeing them get hired by leading international women's rights organizations or accepted into competitive LL.M. scholarship programs in the U.S. But most valuable to me has been the increased understanding and friendships formed over the years of working together. Lisa Herb has created a truly amazing organization, offering so many opportunities to empower the women of Afghanistan while increasing international understanding.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Simply put, the Alliance for International Women's Rights changes women's lives for the better. An incredibly dedicated staff of volunteer experts commit their time and energy to help women in Afghanistan reach their potential against all odds in a dangerous and unforgiving environment. Recently, over 40% of the Afghan women in the program found jobs or scholarships. The program also helps to break down the cultural barriers between Americans and Afghans in a way that builds trust and long-term friendships. It is really a stunning example of how people can make a real, important difference in this world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The AIWR is a fantastic organisation helping women and girls in the modern world. The staff work incredibly hard offering support, assistance and answering questions with a swift prompt turnaround. They are very approachable and friendly.
I have been working with the organisation for a couple of months as an English tutor. I thoroughly enjoy working with this organisation. I cannot recommend this organisation highly enough.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AIWR is an amazing organization run by people who are passionate about ensuring that all women have a voice. I am a volunteer--mentor/english teacher with AIWR and I have loved every minute of my work. The staff who run AIWR are supportive, kind and always willing to assist with whatever is needed . Questions are answered promptly and although we (volunteers) work from our respective homes, I think we still feel very connected to the organization. More importantly, I am amazed and humbled by the strength, determination and spirit of my student mentee and the many other women and girls who participate in this program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

AIWR does great work by connecting willing and capable volunteers with female students who are eager to learn. My experience as a volunteer over these last 8 months has been truly rewarding.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with AIWR as an English tutor. The program is a truly unique, yet much-needed, way to use language teaching as a bridge across cultures. I loved my student who showed me how spirited and lively women in far-reaching places can be and I looked forward to our weekly meetings. The staff at AIWR is also amazing - you can really see how dedicated and passionate they are about the organization and its objectives. In particular, I really appreciated that everything was laid out, bare-bones, and that anything potentially difficult was addressed head-on. This is a wonderful organization with fantastic people on both sides.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Alliance for International Women's Rights is a powerful example of how one person can truly change the world. Its founder, Lisa Herb, has worked tirelessly for years to help connect Afghan women and girls, as well as others from throughout Central Asia, to their Western counterparts in the USA and Canada. Thanks to her and the dedicated team of Alliance volunteers, countless young women have now had the opportunity to safely connect with teachers and mentors half a world away through the Internet. The Alliance's work is invaluable - and a shining example for any one else who longs to make our world a better, safer place.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

So many people talk about their desire to change the world. My sister, Lisa Herb, is actually doing it. After spending years working and traveling throughout Central Asia, Lisa was determined to help women in that region improve their worlds. Despite being a busy wife, mother and attorney, she still found time to create and run the Alliance for International Women's Rights (www.aiwr.org), which is dedicated to furthering women's rights throughout Central Asia, and primarily Afghanistan. The beauty of the Alliance is it safely connects Afghan women with their Western counterparts by utilizing Skype and the Internet for the majority of their training and mentoring programs. I hope you'll take the time to explore the powerful work being accomplished by the Alliance, and learn what one woman with one computer can do to change her world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with AIWR a few years ago while I was living in South Korea. I had been looking for a way to use my ESL teaching skills to volunteer and I thought AIWR was too good to be true when I found out about it. With the time difference between Afghanistan and Korea, it was perfect. I developed a really great relationship with my student and was really heartbroken when my personal life prevented me from continuing. AIWR is a fantastic non-profit organization providing so many opportunities for young girls in Afghanistan.
I hope that when I finish grad school next spring I'll be able to find some time in my schedule to volunteer again.

SusanBlack

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Alliance for International Women's Rights has a theme of helpfulness and action. It's primary focus is to encourage women to become educated in mind and body. I was invited to volunteer as an English teacher but was teaching in a remote location in China, with no access to the Internet. In the meantime, I have caught up with their action and love everything this non-profit organization represents. I'm sure the orchestrators would be grateful to have more volunteers with open hearts.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered through AIWR from 2011 to 2013 and I cannot recommend this organization enough. It is truly the perfect example of how an NGO should operate: A dedicated and compassionate staff who are committed to making a difference and who work tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of many Afghan women. I am so amazed and impressed by their level of professionalism, their support, and their care, and their willingness to dedicate time and energy to the many projects that they offer with limited outside funding. I am so honored and grateful to have work for such an outstanding organization.
I cannot recommend this organization enough!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A fantastic non-profit organization! I can't recommend it enough and am so grateful to be working with such a wonderful and supportive staff.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered as an English teacher with AIWR for three months in 2012 which was an incredible experience for me. I enjoyed teaching my student twice each week in Afghanistan, and learnt more of her culture as we shared not only the lessons, but aspects of our daily lives, cooking, recipes, holiday trip experiences etc. My student herself is a teacher and so the language that I was able to share with her will be shared with other women. Although I have needed to stop volunteering for the moment, she still calls me for a chat which is really rewarding.
Sometimes we experienced challenges like the line going down all the time, and difficulties for her to connect, but she patiently overcame these problems to concentrate on her language structure and pronunciation, which was very hard for her. We came a long way in a short time I felt.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Alliance for International Women's Rights is an outstanding Volunteer Organization. It is a great opportunity for women in developed countries to teach, mentor, educate, and befriend someone in a less fortunate and dangerous situation. It opens the door for communication, understanding, and heart-felt relationships that could be lasting. The experience is enriching and what AIWR does for the young women in foreign countries - is amazing.... despite the challenges and how dangerous this all can be. If you ever have a chance to be a part of such an amazing organization, then do so, because... the opportunity to work as a volunteer with AIWR - is priceless.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am coming towards the end of my first three months of volunteering as a teacher on AIWR's English Program and have found it to be an excellent experience in all respects. AIWR have been quick to respond to any queries and very helpful and friendly. Working with my student has been an incredible experience and I am extremely grateful to AIWR for providing such a wonderful opportunity, and for doing such invaluable work.