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Nonprofit Overview

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

143 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked as a volunteer teacher for AIWR for three months and I found the organisation to be incredibly dedicated, efficient and enthusiastic. Directly speaking to female students in Afghanistan felt like truly making a difference. I can't think of many programmes that are able to form such a tangible link between cultures.

2 Iris N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working as a volunteer teacher of English for just three weeks and have been most impressed by the friendly efficiency of the organisation. I am a retired teacher and have taught in various contexts, including teaching girls and young women in a developing country, and understand how valuable it is to give women the skills to enable them to be independent and help others. My young Afghan student hopes to become a doctor. I believe that AIWR and my small role may help her achieve her goal.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working for AIWR as a volunteer for over a year now and have enjoyed my time with them greatly. Their support staff is excellent, and the cause they work for is a very important one. I've been teaching English to a young Afghan girl over Skype, and I think the experience has changed both our lives. It is quite moving how energetic and optimistic she is about her future in such a hostile environment. I firmly believe that AIWR's program has a great impact on the lives of these girls and brings Afghanistan closer to us voluteers, who know nothing about it apart from images from the media. I continue to work for AIWR, and hope to do so until my other work schedule permits.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been working as a volunteer English teacher for about six months and have enjoyed every moment of it! I work with both a man and a woman who do amazing work for a non-profit in Afghanistan, and for whom learning English would help their career. Any time an issue has arisen, such as one with scheduling conflicts, the team at AIWR has been very quick to respond and help. AIWR is wonderful non-profit, and I feel honored to be working with them!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Alliance for International Women's Rights is a superb non-profit. It is set up to directly impact girls and women in Afghanistan by helping them learn English one-on-one with a teacher in the western world. It is a safe, effective, stream-lined model. Our world needs to do more to help girls and women, and this group is doing it, woman by woman. Thank you to all the volunteers who are making it happen.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazingly well-run, nicely organized non-profit set up to directly help girls and women in Afghanistan (and other east Asian countries) with one-on-one teaching experiences from Western women, all via the internet. It truly makes the other side of the world feel closer and more personal to know that a woman in the Western world can reach out and directly help a woman in the developing world. Educating women and girls is the key to world peace and each country's potential prosperity. Programs like this deserve more attention and support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working for AIWR has changed my life in aspects that I continue to discover even after a year and three months. The experience works primarily on two levels: first, the idea that such a strong emotional and educational connection can be made utilizing technology is remarkable. I think AIWR is one among few pioneers that truly mobilizes the revolutionary possibilities of the internet. The second function of being an AIWR volunteer is that I have the privilege of knowing my bright, earnest, and deeply compassionate 15 year old student. She has taught me much more than I could ever hope to impart to her. My family and friends know about this relationship in my life and they too are inspired by this young woman. I am simply grateful to have had this opportunity, and I look forward to more and more people being a part of this extremely relevant project.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being an active participant in this grassroots, true to life, interwoven tapestry of learning, teaching and growing is a dream come home in my life. Women reaching out to touch other women beyond culture, creed and country lifts up my spirit, lightens my life and encourages my daughters and grand daughters by broadening what they know about relationships and ways they can participate globally with others. The bright light of women helping women shines into every darkness as we learn how to be global citizens.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with AIWR for 5 months. The experience was far more life changing than I would have ever imagined to have working from my own home two hours a week. The support and question response I got was beyond that of any in-person, not online position I have ever held. As a volunteer, I was sent thank you letters and beautiful hand-crafted gifts at least twice a year. In thse five months I gained a relationship with an amazing student, an understanding of the Afghan culture, a deeper understanding of the conditions that currently exist in the Kandahar region of Afghanistan, the potential that online classes and technology offer to changing the world division of education, and so much more. I got so much out of the experience that I recommend the organization to all of my friends.

mamaherb

Donor

Rating: 5

AIWR continues to do amazing work through the internet by helping teach and mentor young women who need a way to educate themselves. By using the internet and Skype volunteers that work through AIWR have reached out to help in meaningful ways. Check out the AIWR website to learn more.

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Donor

Rating: 5

AIWR had a very good year mentoring, supporting and educating Afghan women. This work is even more important with the difficult political climate for Afghanistan women.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for AIWR for about a year as an English teacher (via Skype) to young women in Afghanistan. The whole procedure, from the interview to the information given and the regular follow-ups was very professional. As an EFL teacher, I found this experience extremely worthwhile as it gave me a feeling of being in a situation where I was needed - how else were these young women supposed to learn English from a native speaker? I felt like I developed a good relationship with my students and we still communicate when possible. The staff at AIWR were always helpful and provided such a positive energy no matter what the situation was - you could feel it even through e-mail! I am doing my master's now; however, I will definitely volunteer with AIWR in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AIWR's English Program in Afghanistan is a life-changing program, both for the Afghan women and girls who are empowered through the education it provides and the female ESL professionals around the world who teach these remarkable students. Over the past year, my student and I have developed a such a close, meaningful relationship, it's hard to believe we've only communicated digitally. Every class I am amazed by how grateful my student is to learn English and for this wonderful program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work with AIWR's English Program in Afghanistan to offer long-distance ESL classes to Afghan women and girls living in Kandahar. Using Skype, I meet twice a week with my student, a bright and bubbly 13-year-old girl, to practice English conversation, promote cross-cultural understanding and simply talk about life. For me, and I hope for her, the experience has been nothing short of incredible.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with the organization for over a year now and have found the experience invaluable. The director, Lisa Herb, puts forth an incredible amount of time, energy, and effort in order to run AIWR and fulfill its mission. The organization is entirely volunteer-based, with so many people, literally from all corners of the Earth, volunteering their time and expertise to working with and for women in Afghanistan (while also gaining so much from their interactions with girls and women in Afghanistan). It is truly remarkable.
Another great quality of the organization is that it is so accessible in terms of volunteering. A volunteer can make an impact in Afghanistan from their own hometown. Every day that I volunteer (my role is to reach out to the organization's volunteers and let them know they are appreciated) I am amazed by the places all these women come from and all of their experiences, that are brought together by other women in Afghanistan. I feel like AIWR is creating a significant network of women around the world that care about other women, women's issues, and are willing to act.
I feel sincerely privileged to help and be a part of an organization that is truly focused on its mission, and is accomplishing so much.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has been phenomenal. I have been a volunteer for the organization for over three years now and I think it is one of the very most worthwhile things I have done in a lifetime of service. They have made all the difference for Afghan women attorneys and legislators, in tems of furnishing them the tools to succeed in their nation and to serve as role models of talent and courage for other women in that country. The organization serves as a lifeline of hope and strength, a develops the critically needed talent to make the difference in the lives of all Afghan women. We are also allying with the American Bar Assocation for a Middle East project for women that will be part of this program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am writing on behalf of the Alliance for International Women’s Rights (AIWR) and in support of the 2012 Women’s Empowerment Campaign Award.

I have been involved in the AIWR for over a year and have to say it is one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in my professional life. The woman who I have worked with in Afghanistan is truly remarkable and her commitment is nothing short of inspirational. My goal is to help empower her in some small way, so that her ability to communicate in English provides a chance to expand her options in a country with extremely limited opportunities for women. Our one-on-one time via Skype is valuable to us both.

As Westerners, I think we cannot always understand the depth of challenges and obstacles Afghan women face. Custom and culture requires specific permission from a father or husband to even attend the English language computer sessions. And physically getting to the center places them in serious harm’s way since the culture holds women in very low esteem. It is a fact that women have been killed and maimed trying to become educated in Afghanistan.

Unfortunately, the challenges do not end with safe arrival, since we often experience technical difficulties. Very low bandwidth means that classes are held via Skype with audio only (or instant messaging), but intermittent electric power and malfunctioning of low tech equipment such as headsets, means that a class may have to be cancelled. These disappointments happen all too often and it is our hope that funding for new devices will alleviate the problem.

At the same time, it is so rewarding to hear the joy in her voice when we are able to successfully connect and make progress. These women are so committed to the program that it becomes an inspiration to me to work even harder to ensure success. The language lessons and cultural exchanges encourage these women to succeed in so many areas of their lives. This is a wonderful organization and I am very pleased to be a part of this important work and fully support the AIWR and its goals.

d.v.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering with AIWR's English Program for the first time in September of 2011 and just recently started volunteering with the program again this May. AIWR is the most unique and exciting nonprofit organization I have ever had the chance to work with. Its English Program allows for ESL educators around the world to really make a difference in lives of and empower the key population of Afghan communities today- women and girls. I am very excited to continue volunteering with and watching AIWR grow in the future.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As the Executive Director of AIWR, I have seen first hand the tremendous impact that both our volunteers and the Afghan participants have on each other. Our volunteers are all professional teachers and attorneys, who donate their time and skills to educate and mentor Afghan women and girls via Skype. The relationships that are formed through these weekly meetings are life changing for both students and teachers. The Afghan women and girls in our programs, who risk their lives to educate themselves, soak up every drop of knowledge and encouragement offered by their teachers and mentors, and directly apply their new skills to obtain employment or seek further education. I am constantly humbled by their tremendous courage, tenacity and unconquerable spirits. The teachers and mentors often report that the experience of working directly with their Afghan students has forever changed their view of not only Afghanistan, but of women's rights and what it means to strive every moment of every day to try to obtain basic human rights. If I could, I would award each and every volunteer a five star rating. As for the Afghan women and girls in our programs, there are simply not enough stars to reflect their achievements and strength of spirit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first contact with AIWR several years ago involved their arranging for me to mentor a woman senator in Afghanistan who needed assistance with mastering legal English. The senator was a very impressive person who worked tirelessly to help improve the situation for women in her country. Together we reviewed international human rights standards, international criminal courts, and women's rights issues. More recently AIWR has arranged for me to mentor attorneys working with Justice for All, a women's rights organization in Kabul. While helping my students master legal English, we delve into discussions on international human rights laws, comparative constitutional rights, the role of religion and government, and other fascinating topics. I have learned so much while "teaching" these brave, dedicated attorneys, and am inspired by the work they do to help their female clients and the cause of women in Afghanistan. Soon we will be embarking on a project to translate into English all the Afghan laws which affect women, to be included in an international database sponsored by the American Bar Association. The opportunities AIWR has provided to me as a volunteer are always fascinating and very rewarding, and the brave individuals it connects me with are truly inspiring. I feel honored and fortunate to be a part of the organization's mentor program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

AIWR is an amazing organization that connects women experts in the United States with women leaders in Afghanistan who have requested additional English language instruction or mentoring. As an attorney with background in women's rights issues, the organization connected me with women attorneys and senators who requested mentoring and assistance with English legal and political terminology. On a weekly basis, we have reviewed together the Afghanistan Constitution and International Law, and have discussed matters of relevance to their work. The weekly one-on-one contact (using Skype to talk over the internet) has been very enriching for me, as the women AIWR works with are all very inspiring individuals. It has been an honor and pleasure to work with these women, helping them gain the tools and skills they need to perform their important work even more effectively. After watching the crisis for women in Afghanistan from the sidelines for so many years, it is very fulfilling to finally be able to offer assistance to these women who are working so hard to improve the situation for all the women in the country.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AIWR supports English teaching for women in Afghanistan via Skype from volunteers all over the world. They match each student to a teacher and support this ongoing involvement with advice on lessons, Afghani customs and also with an on site centre manager in the facilities they use in Afghanistan. I have been a volunteer for over a year and find the arrangement works well; it has enabled me to develop my english- teaching- skills- over- skype, given me an insight into another culture from my contact with my student Afsana and, I hope, both developed her english speaking abilities and developed her knowledge of her own country and mine. I know it has given her enjoyment: our last lesson on 'Dog TV' in the USA was quite a talking point! Afsana has also contributed to the 'In the life' series that AIWR has on its website, and talked about her dreams for a brighter future for her country. So it's all good. I look forward to my lessons with her and am motivated to get them just right!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member, I have witnessed the significant impact that AIWR’s long-distance Empowerment Programs have in the lives of Afghan women and girls. For example, of the 101 Afghan women and girls who participated in the English Program in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2011, over 43 (or 42%) have already used their enhanced English skills to obtain employment or education scholarships. This statistic is remarkable given the restrictions on women’s education and employment in Kandahar and the scarcity of employment or educational opportunities. The professional English teachers who donate their time to meet with their Afghan students on Skype twice a week are incredible and fully deserve a five star review for making the English Program such a success. But the true heroes of the English Program are the indomitable Afghan women and girls who risk their lives on a daily basis to seek education and employment. They deserve a 100 star review.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Alliance is providing support for Afghanistan's greatly beleagured women through mentoring, training, and other support. through the use of long-distance Skype technology, women in Afghanistan are learning new skills, developing existing ones, and learning English so they can reach out to the international community to communicate their experiences and recieve greater support. The Alliance uses only highly skilled international professionals and experts to provide unique, one-to-one training for each Afghan woman and girl in their program. Through this mentoring, the Alliance also crosses cultural boundaries and links Western women with Afghan women, greatly increasing their shared understanding of each other's lives and experiences.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

2012 Women’s Empowerment Campaign.

I have been a volunteer with Alliance for Women's Rights for the past 3 years. The women I teach are an inspiration and I am constantly amazed at their strength of character and determination. AIWR has given these women belief in themselves and the knowledge that there are other women who care about them and their future. They see education as fundemental to their future but also want to interact on a social level. My students live in very difficult situations but their sense of fun is amazing and our lessons are often full of laughter. It is difficult to express in words how much I appreciate the opportunity AIWR has given me to become a part of my students' journey. Thank you AIWR from the bottom of my heart!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I meet with a girl from Afghanistan twice per week for ESL lessons via Skype. She has an incredible passion for education, more than anything I have ever seen in my own country. I feel like I have learned just as much about her culture and country as she has learned from me. This is something I feel very lucky to have experienced, because although I have traveled a lot in the past and am familiar with a lot of cultures, this is a culture which is hard to learn about. I will treasure my volunteer experience here for the rest of my life. And as far as the organization itself, the North American-based coordinators have been helpful from day one. They are very available for questions, and for any technology-related issues that arise, and they also give good suggestions for teaching via Skype.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is all about my student.... The stories of her day to day life that shock me and make me proud; that frighten me and make me stand in awe of her bravery. I always begin the class by asking her "How was your day?" The answer is always "fine." But most of the time, things in her life are not fine. There are the stories she has told me about the "suicides" and the battles between the terrorists and soldiers, both Afghan and America, that she witnesses on her way to school... the story of how her brothers had to huddle hidden in the corner of their small bicycle repair shop as a battle raged around them. One day, so softly I can hardly hear, she tells me about the men who sometimes follow the girls on their way to school. "They say awful things to us...." she says, but will not tell me what. She is shy with her shame. Sometimes she is filled with terror, not because of the guns or the "suicides" or the vulgar threats of the men who follow her, but of what her life might become. "Do you know what happened this week Miss?" "My parents wanted to arrange a marriage for me with a boy." "My parents told me his is a nice boy who works in town. But what would my life be then, locked up in the house, no English classes, no computer, no school." "I cried so hard," she said, "that my parents said o.k." But her brothers remind her. "What do you think you are going to do with your education, with your English?" Sometimes she dreams; dreams so small that they are nearly invisible: of going to school or living in places like Iran or Pakistan; places that are for her "freer" than Kandahar. Sometimes she remembers her childhood, and there is no joy in those moments. Then she says to me, "You know, I never had a childhood. The Taliban took it from me." I teach her English, and she teaches me what it means to be brave: to transcend a joyless childhood, to walk with death and danger every day, to struggle against all that limits her. I am so lucky to know her.

Katrina A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed every minute of my time as a volunteer for AIWR as an English teacher via Skype for a young lady who lives in Kandahar, Afghanistan. We meet twice weekly and the experience has been invaluable for us both. I am so incredibly thankful for my chance to work with AIWR : the program leaders are wonderful, helpful and encouraging. It is a terrific program with a very worthy cause.

Robin31

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An excellent program that helps empower women in Afghanistan through English language learning.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent organization and a great cause. I've volunteered here for almost 2 months and love it. I'd recommend it to anyone who feels strongly about educating women!

VickyW

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Alliance for International Women's Rights helps to empower women through its outreach programs. I am most familiar with the AIWR English Program as I have voluntarily coordinated classes for the better part of the past 3.5 years. It's a tremendously successful program that matches professional female English teachers from around the globe with Afghan girls and women so they can work together online via Skype. This experience is often deeply rewarding for both parties. It gives the girls/women additional skills which can lead to better employment opportunities. The teachers have an experience that is unique and educational. They definitely gain insight into the lives of girls and women in Afghanistan. The students get to work with a teacher who has Native or near-Native proficiency. This is a rare opportunity for the students. The teacher gets to hone her patience, her ability to work online in a very tough and sporadic situation, and she gets to assist a young woman working to fulfill her educational goals. The teachers and students are all very enthusiastic. It's a wonderful way for women to reach out and empower one another. The Alliance exists because there is a need and an overwhelming desire to learn. It is successful because so many amazing women are willing to make a commitment to share their skills and knowledge. There is nothing in the world quite as sweet as working with women as they achieve their dreams.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AIWR connects women and girls in Afghanistan with women from other countries in order for them to be educated, to become more confident and to be exposed to the cultures of other countries. It prepares them for dealing with people other than their own and enables them to further their English education, AIWR puts women together so that both may learn from each other. It has been one of the best experiences in my life and the connection and bonding with one of the girls, a 17 year old student has been extraordinary for me. AIWR is extremely valuable in assisting the females in a country where their value is diminished. This kind of work is absolutely necessary if we are to achieve any kind of harmony on our planet.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a newcomer to the Alliance but my experience has already moved me. Chatting with and relating to a young Afghan woman and hopefully giving her a better chance for the future gives me hope for all our sakes
on this planet. It is vital that we give these women/girls a chance to help
change theirs and their families lives along with their homeland.
My student is 18 and she laughs a lot. Her English skills and her social skils are excellent. She has manners. I believe her teachers in Afghanistan are doing a wonderful job. She also plays sports which I believe is so important to physical and mental well being. She is optimistic of the future and
we need to help nurture that, support her in her endeavors. A safe place to learn and use the computer so that she can connect with the outside
world is so important. It is also important that we in the developed world have a direct connection with people in other parts of the developing world. Communication and education are the key. Helping others, compassionate serving, is what makes life worthwhile.

kristen83

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AIWR is an incredible organization that provides an amazing opportunity to Afghan women. I have been teaching English with AIWR for just over 2 months. Talking to my student is always a highlight of my week. She is so enthusiastic about learning English. Her motivation, considering all the odds she is up against, is inspirational! I have already recommended this program to many friends!

Kelly29

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AIWR is making substantial and enduring contributions to girls' education in Afghanistan. The girls risk their lives every day to come to school and learn; they are eager, sincere, and courageous. It is a tremendous honor to connect with Afghan students and work with them to improve their English language reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. I LOVE this organization and our mission so much I've recruited others to teach and spend my free time sharing the word about AIWR's good work. Most of all, I am SO PROUD of our students. They ROCK.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been teaching with AIWR for just under a year now and it is a great experience for me as an English teacher. The Alliance does amazing work matching women living in difficult circumstances with teachers all over the the world. It is heart-warming to see my students' English level improving and inspiring to hear of their stories and plans. The support from the coordinators in Afghanistan and North America is also excellent. Keep up the great work AIWR!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an armchair volunteer teacher teaching English to an Afghanistan girl with the Alliance for International Women's Rights. I have just started teaching this week and worked with my student once. However the process of aligning with the organization has been flawless. This organization has been helpful in all aspects of this process. Their background, mission and details are well outlined. The staff have been very responsive with coordinating schedules for students and teachers. After the schedule was worked out, introduction letters were sent along with a carefully thought out Teachers Handbook. Included in the handbook were cultural aspects of teaching woman in Afghanistan as well as specific technical instructions for using SKYPE. As I have been teaching English in a variety of settings I was pleased to see well thought out assessment and progress forms for noting achievements. Additionally there are chat rooms and teacher forums as a venue to exchanging ideas and events. This is my first experience doing volunteer work and I am as excited about this as any of my other work. This for the most part is a result of the endeavors and successes of the AIWR.

Board Member

Rating: 5

AIWR supports women leaders and future women leaders in developing countries, where women's rights are often times almost non-existent. Through volunteers and a tireless leader in Ms. Lisa Herb, the group brings hope and opportunity where there would otherwise be none. Numerous volunteers take time to reach out through Skype and interact and teach young women who seek to make a change in their own communities. This organization shows how the world is a "small place."

Yet, the benefits extend beyond those individuals. The opportunities that this organization creates are connections between people of different cultures, which enrich all individual's lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The AIWR provides learning opportunities for women in a country in which women have few rights and little safety. Even seemingly simple tasks like meeting with learners for English lessons on Skype pose significant challenges given the infrastructure and cultural issues involved in working with Afghanistan. Yet the director, board members and volunteers persevere, and their commitment is making a real difference to the lives of women.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AIWR understands that volunteers are the backbone of a not-for-profit organization, and has in place practices that are vital to keeping them. So far, all my needs and wants as a volunteer have been met. I was immediately welcomed, receiving a warm reply on the same day that I applied to be an ESL tutor. I was not asked to pay a fee to volunteer (an oxymoronic trend in the international charitable world these days). I was treated as a professional, given detailed information about time commitments, technical and cultural circumstances, and general expectations (both AIWR’s and mine). I am well supported through access to educational materials, forum access to other Alliance tutors, and by a terrific volunteer coordinator who responds quickly and appropriately to technical, educational, scheduling and emotional issues. I also have the freedom to work independently within set parameters and guidelines. I have been thanked more often in my few weeks with AIWR than I was in a decade with another international development organization. And it almost goes without saying that AIWR provides me with meaningful work -- a chance to make a positive difference in a woman’s life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a seasoned volunteer and professional volunteer administrator, I know a well-run nonprofit when I see one, and the Alliance for International Womens Rights (AIWR) is definitely well-run. I currently teach English in China and was enthusiastic about the idea of tutoring women and girls in Afghanistan. Twice a week I have a Skype call with 14 year old Noorzia. We cover the range of English topics from family to school to adding to her growing vocabulary. She's even asked for homework (imagine a student doing that), and AIWR has access to an English as a Second Language website with excellent materials. Their volunteer handbook is thorough, and the volunteer coordinator is always an email or Skype call away to handle concerns. The administrator conducted a thorough volunteer screening interview, and their support has been superb. I can't imagine all the challenges of running a virtual nonprofit, but I think volunteer opportunities like this will continue to expand. When I share my experiences with my college students in China, they're in awe that such a group exists. I am too, and I'm very proud to be part of their work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy volunteering with the Alliance for International Women's Rights in the Armchair ESL program. I have had great support from the organization that enables me to be successful in my work. I have worked for over two years with a student in the program and it has been a positive and enriching experience on both sides. The organization stays focused on its mission and purpose and keeps communications and requirements to a minimum in order to make the best use of volunteer time. They provide education and a forum for teachers to communicate concerns about issues that arise when working with their students and get feedback. Teachers are also offered mentoring from other teachers.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been working as a volunteer English teacher for the Alliance for some time, and I have had a positive experience. I am working with a teenager in Afghanistan. During our first session together, she volunteered that she wanted to become a lawyer. At the same time, she talked of her inability to travel anywhere within the province of Kandahar and beyond because of the Taliban. This young girl faces tremendous odds to come to the Afghan-Canadian Center to take English classes with me to help her better her future. The Alliance helps her to overcome these odds by not only providing instruction but also giving her an opportunity to meet people outside her community. It also provide me with the opportunity to meet a young woman who demonstrates courage, motivation and curiosity.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Alliance for International Women's Rights is one of the most inspiring, grass-roots organizations I've run across in recent years. I love the concept of connecting professional women in the U.S. with women in Afghanistan and other countries with oppressive or troubled regimes. With all the wasteful "noise" we experience in our lives by the inundation of media and communications devices, it's a relief to see an effective, scalable solution like this that empowers people to build a better future for women -- one on one being able to share meaningful skills and support from the safety of their own home or workplace.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is impressive what AIWR can do with a small donation. This organization puts all of its resources in to demonstrable action, with a current emphasis on teaching English language skills and professional mentoring for Women in Afghanistan. It's a well-managed organization with worthy goals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked as an editor for the Alliance for International Women's Rights, and I have seen what their work to help women in Central Asia has done to empower and educate. I've observed the Alliance's role in getting help for abused women, helping to strengthen women's roles in government, and working for increased access to education for young women. Their work is difficult, demanding, and completely admirable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working as a volunteer English tutor with Alliance for International Women's Rights for the past two years. During this time I have worked twice a week with a young Afghan student and I feel that I have been the student. Shahira has taught me much about the culture and values of a country so foreign to myself. This friendship and I use the term respectfully as even though we have a very respectful professional relationship we always find time at the end of the lesson to enquire about each other's life with curiosity and genuine concern.

I have appreciated the support and encouragement that Alliance have provided to myself as a tutor and Shahira as a tutor so that our lessons continue on a successful course. Shahira is a diligent student who also volunteers her time each day providing her teaching knowledge and skills in young children in Khandahar. She has ambitions to study at university and advocate for change in her country so that girls have equal access to education.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women's rights in Afghanistan have suffered greatly in the past few decades. As an elementary teacher, I understand that something as fundamental as developing literacy and raising the level of education has large impacts on the individuals and the greater community.

Since 2009, I've been helping give back to a country that has lost access to those rights, working with women one-on-one through Skype. They are given the opportunity to practice and develop their English skills, gain and share new ideas in an ever-changing world. I, too, have also gained new insights through my volunteering position and have learned a lot about them and myself through this process.

The non-profit Alliance for International Women's Rights has been doing fantastic work, opening up opportunities for the women of Afghanistan who truly need and flourish off it. They are always looking for more participants and teachers; I would encourage women of all backgrounds to seek them out and support this noble initiative.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Alliance for International Women's Rights offers a unique and wonderful way for women across the globe to support each other through long-distance volunteer programs. I have helped found and run the Alliance's long-distance English and Mentor Programs, which offer free, live, one-on-one English classes and mentoring sessions to Afghan women and girls. Twice a week, Afghan women and girls meet with a trained teacher or mentor via Skype for individualized English classes and mentoring sessions, designed to empower Afghan women and help them reach out to the international community for ideas, information, support and to help them share their experiences with the world.