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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.