Awesome organization. Folks really understand community based development and help others to understand and accomplish it.
In Service for Peace (Dominican Republic), we worked on building a two room schoolhouse in Yamasa, DR. With the help of the whole community and the volunteer team we were able to complete the project within the allotted two weeks. SFP was planning to go back and build a second school house next summer. However, that didn't happen because the government itself, seeing the work that had been done, stepped in and funded the building of the second school house itself. It was a great thing to hear and I believe that this is what SFP aims for. For me, this is what is great about Service for Peace (Dominican Republic); it is an organization that KEEPS giving back and is able to spark a chain of changes. Many of the people who were in my group were from nearby or returning for a second or third time...and that says something. I will continued to be involved in SFP because I believe that organization really works through the communities, is effective, and is full of dedicated leaders (such as Janna Gullery and Joan Mateo who lead our group). I certainly will return. The experience led me towards my current studies---I hope to work for a company such as Service for Peace.
Service for Peace changed my life. I was a pretty depressing teenager with no actual goals in life. My first project with them was a week of service in the summer. Helping my community, learning to work in a team, seeing that I could have an affect on the world, it gave me hope. I came back the next year and to my surprise and delight they not only remembered me but also encouraged me to become a team leader. The people in this organization are absolutely amazing. They stood by me, encouraged me, challenged me and helped me find the confidence I needed to make a difference not only in my own community but also in other communities around the globe. I never imagined at 14 that I would ever have the courage or opportunity to renovate a school in the mountains of Nicaragua. I never even dreamed of being able to lead the group there but I did, just a few short years later. SFP got me there and seeing the faces of the kids we were helping in that little mountain village and the others like it in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Honduras made the journey worth it.
Had the most unforgettable, deep and fun international service experiences volunteering with Service For Peace! No other non-profit I know gives you a chance to serve alongside with members of the community. I had the pleasure of joining SFP Global PeaceMaker projects in Ivory Coast, Nicaragua and Honduras and it has been life changing to say the least. I am definitely joining many more projects!
I did not have a good experience in Services for Peace. However, Since I was there in 2009 til next month I have sent probably 25,000 dollars worth of goods. Two weeks as requested by Phil Seka, I sent hospital goods. He was quite precise and I have more goods to be shipped to him and a President of a major organization is going there and probably will bring even more books at my request. The program is piloted by extremely young people. I went there when I was 63 and treated very badly by these people. To the point my daughter wrote NY after I contacted her because these young people threatened my life. I went to town to buy shoes, pantees for the children and a 19 years older told me I did not have his permission and he was going to kick me in my a...... I was old enough to be his grandmother. Phil made him give me a public apology. If you want people to go there you must separate the kids from the seasoned adults. I did not go there to socialize. From the first day, I was treated badly.
SFP acknowledges that there were challenges in trying to accommodate the needs and limitations of a 63 year old in a program in which the average age is 23. We later learned that a 17-year old Team Leader did indeed exhibit impatience with this person. Following the conclusion of the program, we communicated with this participant to address her concerns and in fact, we were confident that her continued involvement with SFP over the past three years indicated a level of trust and satisfaction with our ongoing work in Cote D'Ivoire. We were disappointed to read this review since other feedback on this and other programs has been overwhelmingly positive. We will continue to work with our staff to ensure that all participants are treated with patience and respect.
My experience with this organization was life changing. From the staff to the community of peace, each individual played a significant role in shaping the person I am today--a globally focused young professional! Each day when we woke up during our service project in Honduras, I was ready for the new challenges, the arduous work and the impact I could have in the community at-large. My first time picking up a shovel and making cement blocks from scratch left an enduring impact in the way I see the world today--one brick at a time, we can build schools, increase security world wide, and help families unite! Service for Peace, and the values expressed by this service organization inspires me everyday to look for solutions and bring change to a world in need of hope!
During my experiences in the Dominican Republic with Service For Peace, I witnessed complete strangers who do not share their language, culture, or beliefs, grow to appreciate each others' differences and work together to make positive change. How often do you hear of things like this happening in our world? It is a remarkable thing to be a part of. I would recommend this experience to any volunteer who wants to be a part of sustainable community driven development, genuinely experience a new culture, gain a family of volunteers, find oneself in a community thousands of miles from one's own, and grow as a global citizen and a human being.
At a time in my life where I experienced significant growth I was fortunate for the opportunity to participate in Service for Peace's wonderful Dominican Republic trip. While I was there I learned the value of many lessons in life -- one of these was the sustainability of teamwork in accomplishing the goals of the trip. These relationships were strengthened by the group team-building activities we did every night. It was quite the experience. We were able to work with the community in the construction of two schools (I went twice) on a mutually reliant level. As i went twice, i noticed that the program efficiency and execution got better he second time around, indicating strong improvement. I have not participated in a few years, but based on the trends i observed, Service for Peace is heading in the right direction as one of the best organizations out there.
Absolutely amazing life changing. I went to the Dominican Republic and built a school building with other volunteers that are still some of my closest friends.
I have volunteered with this organization for three years and have always had a meaningful experience. This organization is great because not only do you do physical work for the community but there are also activities to help you reflect and team build. You really build a bond with the people you meet and hear all kinds of incredible stories of where people have been and what they have done. On top of that you get to really experience the culture and the country you are in. You get to know the community, partake in their cultural activities as well as sight see. With Service for Peace you really get the whole package and come away as a more thoughtful and globally conscious person.
I'm proud to have been part of the first wave working to establish the FSP model of service and community building in South Florida during the "Summer of Service" in 2003. Culturally diverse college and high school students worked together completing service projects in multicultural, multireligious communities. It was inspiring to see how barriers immediately came down, and relationships were forged. Through these service projects, Service For Peace reminds us what is at the core of human progress and understanding.
Volunteering with Service For Peace, was a life changing experience for me. It was not just about building a school or giving to someone in need. It was about working together with the community and building bonds across the world.
I served with Service For Peace (SFP) in different locations. Being an IT guy, most of the work I did was online. However, in Jan 2012 I had a chance of physically participating in one a Global PeaceMaker program which is led and facilitated by SFP. This took place in a small community in the Dominican Republic and the goal was to build levees to protect the community from the flooding that had destroyed their homes the previous year. During this time, I saw the true meaning of Community Driven Development. I saw the true and honest dedication that the SFP team puts in development work. This was by far, one my best experiences in life and I urge anyone to take part in this program as it was very mind opening & life changing for me.
My first experience volunteering with Service For Peace was in Washington, DC in 2002. I did a month of service there and was greatly impacted by the passion behind the movement driving service and engagement--not just service for the sake of doing/feeling good. It was about creating a movement of change. I brought this home to NY and continued to grow as a leader for SFP and local service for years, until 2005, when I participated in my first Global PeaceMakers project in Frasquito Gomez, Dominican Republic. This experienced 100% transformed me and is so clearly responsible for who I am today so many ways. The idea of bringing together foreign volunteers and local volunteers to participate equally in a program was so simple but so unique; we formed a family despite language, cultural, religious differences and more. We were empowered through service and the communities where we served were empowered by our humility, our friendship, and our passion. Since then I have participated in many GPM programs around the world and am continuously impressed by the ingenuity and passion of the Communities of Peace where we work and the immense power created by breaking down barriers through shared voluntary service. I will always be an active advocate for SFP, the communities who are empowered through it, the volunteers who are changed because of it, and the mission of global peace through volunteerism and sustainable development.
I went on the SFP 2 week trip to La Guamita, Dominican. Our mission there was to build a school classroom for the community and, more importantly, build relationships with the people of La Guamita. This trip was unique because the volunteers were made up of approximately half American and half Domincan volunteers. This was such an amazing experience to get to know Dominican volunteers as well as Dominican community memebers. Although there was a bit of a language barrier, I felt I build strong bonds with all of the volunteers. Service for Peace really works in conjunction with communities in order to understand their needs and really make an impact with projects. The work itself was very physical but we were often building along side of community volunteers so I know that the project was meaningful and helpful to the community. Service for Peace is so unique that it assesses the community's needs and is in close contact with communities before, during, and after projects have been completed. I would absolutely recommend this experience for anyone who is eager to help those less fortunate and want to be really involved in the community that they are helping!
My experience with Service For Peace in August 2005, was in the Global PeaceMakers Program in Dominican Republic. It was one of the most amazing, life-impacting experiences I had. I was able to have better understanding of a culture new to me, but also was able to see the important role, I had as a volunteer, in impacting the lives of the community members, but also the domestic volunteers that came from the community and surrounding communities. The relationships that were cultivated have been kept, and continues to amaze and inspire me the great dedication that all stakeholders have to foster positive change, progressive development, and leadership cultivation.
A great organization to work directly with communities in need. I have experience working with Communities of Peace in Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Guatemala. Most of the projects focus in primary education, however there are other opportunities in health, and environment. The international service programs are called Global Peacemaker, which bring together volunteers from the developed world and developing nations to serve a community in need. I learn much about culture but also the problems that developing communities face. I had a great experience in working together with others and creating long-term friendships across borders.
My volunteer trip to Guatemala through Service For Peace has been one of the best experiences of my college career. We worked in a small school in the Mayan community of El Quimal, San Martin District. Service For Peace has been able to work well with the needs of its participants and especially well with the needs of our club, Alternative Breaks @ UCSD.
When I think back about life changing events that I have encountered, participating in the Service For Peace Global Peace Makers program in 2009 is on the top of my list. I had the opportunity to help remodel a much needed canteen for an elementary school in the Ivory Coast. While in the Ivory Coast, I met and was inspired by the leadership within the organization and by the willingness of the community to improve their surroundings. The program encouraged self-sufficiency and sustainability past our short time volunteering in the village. I believe this was one of the most beneficial aspects of the Global Peace Makers program. Essentially, we were teaching the community how to fish and not just providing the food. I would recommend working with Service for Peace to anyone. It truly altered the course of my life and for that I am forever indebted to Service for Peace.