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Freda Thomas

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Review for The Building Fund, Chicago, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Thanks to the gracious coordination of Jessyca Dudley, I was able to volunteer at her host school, Tuskegee International in Accra, Ghana. It was a wonderful experience for me and I know I gained as much as I gave. I was in attendance for Tuskegees first commencement service and took part as invited guest in the culminating activities. What makes Tuskegee and Ghana so unique for me is that inspite of the poor conditions of the school and its surroundings the children of Tuskegee are learned, eager to embrace the new and happy. I volunteered for a week from Julyh 14 through July 18, and I spoke about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement. I taught the children to make collage greeting cards. I spoke of the importance of an education and reading. I was also taught by the students of the history of Ghana. My last day was a session where the students were invited to ask me anything about America. I have never felt so loved by strangers as I did at my visit at Tuskegee. Each day, I could not wait to get there. Schools in the U.S. are equipped with the latest acoutrements and yet the hearts of the students at Tuskegee are what captured me most. I can't wait to return again, hopefully very soon, and spend more time with the staff and students at Tuskegee.

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

the construction of the school

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

not change a thing

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

the president's diligence in coordinating the volunteer effort

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

Africans, who were very knowledgable and helpful.

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

help complete construction of schools in impoverished areas of West Ghana.

Ways to make it better...

it could not have been better.

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

I don't know the organization well enough to know its challenges

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

I had a wonderful time during my volunteer experience and I am grateful to the Building Fund for helping make this opportunity for me.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

Role:  Volunteer & teach.