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anneshaughn

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Review for Rwandagirls, MEDINA, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

In the almost 3 months I lived and worked in Rwanda, wherever I travelled, people knew Gashora Girls Academy. This school, founded by RGI, has earned the reputation as the best high school in Rwanda, and for good reason. For over two decades, I taught in academically top-notch private schools in the U.S., but the students and teachers at Gashora impressed me as some of the best I have ever met. Every teacher puts in a 1000% effort until each student fully understands the content and concepts. Out of about 3000 students that I have taught over the years, the students at RGI's school are probably the smartest and most motivated that I have ever met. The community members at Gashora truly care about each other; this school gives its girls the confidence and the skills to make their own communities and the world a better place. The network these that the "Gashora Girls" create will help Rwanda in the future and will make a positive difference in their own families for generations. When Rwanda Girls' Initiative first started working on plans for this school, only a small percentage of girls in Rwanda went to high school at all. Thanks to RGI, the graduating students really are ready to take on the world.

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

Make sure there is an orientation for volunteers or that someone has it in a job description that his/her responsibility is to help volunteers get settled during the first few days. Alternatively, the school could match a volunteer up with a current teacher as a mentor, both to get to know the school culture and to negotiate the details big and small of adjusting to a new country.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Role:  Volunteer