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sarahg

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Review for The Tandana Foundation, Spring Valley, OH, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

I feel that Tandana is very organized and accomodating to volunteers. They are flexible in working with concerns, needs and interests with each volunteer while still meeting the needs of the communities they serve. At the same time they provided opportunity for local, cultural and personal interaction. One personal example is that I was the only first time volunteer to stay for both weeks of their March trip and therefore had free time on the day others were leaving or arriving. They made special arrangements so that I could go on an activity of my interest with a guide on the day between groups.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Ecuador, among indegenous villages near Otavalo.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide support to villages further from access to medical care

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their organization, flexibility, location and close knit interactions with the local communities where the volunteering took place. The small number of volunteers making it easy to get to know each other and work together.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Knowledgable, friendly, adaptable, reasonable, professional and helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide more indegenous populations with clean water systems that could be maintained by the community, education and medical support.

Ways to make it better...

I had been able to stay longer and experience more.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the cost of trips for the volunteers, the possibility for not always having sufficient medical staff or supplies.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the support for the communities through interns that provide follow up care/assistance for the people of the communities served is an often missing piece to many organizations and is refreshing to see in such a young organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Volunteer & I spent mornings assisting with a health clinic.
 

Review for Youthlinc, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

As a mentor and Youthlinc trip leader it has been my pleasure to experience the growth and awe of dozens of youth from around the state of Utah. The experience is one of hands on development of community, skills and knowledge. Students have the amazing opportunity to make a difference in their own community and then become a part of less fortuante communities world wide. To be touched in such a way at such a young age truly binds most students to lifelong service that is rewarding, fun and makes a positive difference at home and abroad. I commend Youthlinc for its persistent work toward a positive human connection at home and afar.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a variety of locations and am always impressed at the amount of progress each location makes each year and the ability of the organization to make meaningful and lifelong differences in the palsces in which it serves and among the people involved.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide scholarships to help pay for the mentors that travel with the trips abroad. I would give incentives for leaders to stay for the length of time that Youthlinc is in each location for consistency at each location.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the learning and enthusiasm created in the youth involved and the communities they touch.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed and dedicated to making a positive difference in the world and in their own communities. Overall they want to give in a way that is beneficial to the communities for the long term.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make vast positive changes in its local community and in various places around the world and continue to create life time volunteers via the students involved in their programs each year.

Ways to make it better...

Youthlinc was consistently organized.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Consistent leadership and organization for some of the program sites.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Volunteer & I was a mentor and youth trip leader assisting in preparation and follow through of activities and education in state and abroad.