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Review for Xela AID Partnerships for Self Reliance, Long Beach, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have just returned from my August 2016 trip to San Martin Chiquito with Xela Aid. I have travelled to Guatemala many times since 1993 to work with this amazing Humanitarian group. We did many projects at our beautiful clinic and held a near vision clinic as well as distributing sunglasses to protect the eyes of these agricultural workers. Xela Aid is a totally transparent non profit where partnership to help the Guatemalan Mayan people is their goal. I always return in awe of what a little help can do for so many people. We always receive much more than we give. If you want to volunteer with a group in a third world setting you should find out more about Xela Aid.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Xela AID Partnerships for Self Reliance, Long Beach, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have just returned from an amazing trip working in Guatemala with Xela Aid. I have been before, in fact many times, but every trip brings new satisfaction in seeing how this group has expanded their horizons and included extra projects that have literally changed the lives of the people living in San Martine Chiquito. This trip I taught some of the women to make candy and cookies that they might be able to sell to earn some money. It was so much fun to share their kitchen, their experiences, and their great sense of humour and friendship. I was also able to dispense reading glasses to about 50 people who needed single vision readers to enable them to continue to sew, weave, or read. It's a privilege to be a part of Xela Aid and to make a difference in the lives of those we work with. It has definitely changed my life.

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

Try to have trips that last a bit longer. It always seems to be too short.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Role:  Volunteer
Xela AID (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Dear Colleen, The women of the village are still talking about your baking workshop, and want to know when you will be back to teach them new recipes. Their only complaint was that they would have liked to have another WEEK with you! Perhaps this can be arranged in the near future. Thank you for your many years of loving participation in Xela AID service projects, and as a member of our Board. Warmly, Leslie Baer Dinkel Executive Director Xela AID

 

Review for Xela AID Partnerships for Self Reliance, Long Beach, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Back in the very early 1990's the second year that Xela Aid went to Guatemala my friend and I joined the team to help with the optometry clinic. We were the only Canadians on the team. Back then we worked in tents and moved from place to place. Over the years following we returned well over a dozen times and watched this amazing charity grow into a very effective NGO that settled in the town of San Martine, built a clinic, and really made a difference in the lives of the people of that village and beyond. We sponsored a brother and sister who are now both teachers and he is the Director of Education for the district he lives in. They were the first children in their village who ever went to high school. Being a part of Xela Aid changed our lives too. We made lifelong friends in Guatemala. Our outlook on life broadened to include another culture, another way of sharing what we could give, and receiving the wisdom, friendship, and experience of being a part of an extraordinary group of people who truly put others before themselves.

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

try to have trips at various times of the year .

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Volunteer