My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Paramedics For Children Inc, Rock Hill, SC, USA
I worked with Rodger in May of 2012. In college I was a member of a group that travels to Honduras annually to do volunteer and service work ('the Honduras Project'). There was a bit of turbulence scheduling a trip because some of our previous sites were deemed unsafe for various reasons. When the group found out that the sites we intended to work at were no longer an option it was something of a scramble finding Paramedics for Children. I was somewhat wary of the place going into the trip, simply because we hadn't worked with this organization.
I must say this trip exceeded my expectations and stands out as my favorite volunteering experience when compared to the other trips I've made with my college group. Just being there I could see that the clinic itself was well organized. Rodger was very hospitable and truly made our group of 12 feel welcomed. The staff was also very welcoming and friendly.
The actual work we did was exactly what the Honduras Project was hoping for. The group aims to be immersed in the life of the community as best we can. We don't aim to simply pass through or to be tourists. While Rodger was somewhat wary about giving us too much work, he graciously yielded to our requests. As a result our group really had the chance to provide some aid to a family in need.
Additionally the Honduras Project likes to work with children, and Rodger gave us plenty of opportunities to interact with kids. He accompanied us to almost a dozen different schools where we played with kids and handed out supplies. We had a chance to truly engage with young people and get some insight into the culture.
Overall I think this is a top-notch nonprofit organization. They have plenty of structured activities that could meet all of their volunteers' needs. Additionally there is flexibility; room to wiggle around; room that Rodger used to cater to each group's unique needs and concerns. It was moving to see all of the good things this clinic and Rodger is doing in the community. I would highly recommend anyone to seek this clinic out if they are looking for a meaningful/ significant experience.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
The only changes I would make to this organization would be whatever Rodger felt he needed to better serve the people in Honduras.
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