My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Sustainable Harvest International, Boston, MA, USA
I volunteered with SHI-Belize in 2009 while a student at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. SHI's deep commitment to restore forest while assisting farming families overcome poverty is most impressive and appreciated when interacting with the people in the field. The innovation of the field staff who work diligently working with makes a significance for every family either through family gardens, wood efficient stove, agro-forestry, composting or providing training to a local group of farmers and women. The three month experience helped me learn new skills, grow personally and professionally. SHI influenced my career and now I am studying for a M.Sc. in Sustainable Agriculture. I encourage more people to take the time to visit SHI's website: http://www.sustainableharvest.org/, participate or support them in any way possible.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Belize rural communities.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Strengthen national programs to be more effective, efficient and adaptable. National programs need to be able to adapt to changing socioeconomic circumstances in which the work.
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Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
I learned much about my own country Belize in the three month period I was volunteering. I gained skills grassroots work with families, farmers and communities. I was also able to learn manual skills by building wood efficient stoves, composting, solar latrines, and the challenges and opportunities of organic agriculture in the tropics.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
Challenged, engaged meaningfully.