My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Keshet , Albuquerque, NM, USA
I came across Keshet when I found myself searching for volunteer organizations from Austria, for the 11 months I was going to be living in New Mexico. It was definitely a challenge trying to find interesting, engaged non-profits from abroad. Keshet sounded like the most welcoming, fun and inclusive of all that I read about. And it has indeed met and exceeded my expectations!
Kylie, the volunteer coordinator, was great at communicating before I even arrived, and once I found Keshet (a little hard to get to by bike but in an awesome space!) she was just lovely in person, taking the time to explain how stuff worked and show me around. At the induction, I got a feel for how friendly and easy-going the whole place was, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my work-study time from the moment I started. I wondered whether I would need any kind of experience, but everybody at Keshet made it easy for new volunteers to help out and feel included.
A typical shift is very satisfying: quite easy, but you can tell you are needed and are making a difference. Generally, I would man the front desk along with others (you don't work alone until you are confident with it), do some light cleaning, occasionally assist with classes and other small tasks. In exchange for an hour of work, I took part in an hour of probably the most fun dance classes I've ever taken. I have taken contemporary and yoga, and can recommend both of these. The teachers are fun and incredibly competent. There isn't an air of competitiveness, as with many other dance classes, but a relaxed atmosphere, even when the class itself is challenging. I was nervous about taking part, but had absolutely no reason to be! I look forward to my classes every single week, and have taken on an extra shift and class in my second session. The only thing I wish is that I had more time to spend at Keshet. The classes are usually quite small, making for a more personal experience, which I love. There are all kinds of dance and fitness classes, and the work shift times are flexible. I can honestly recommend the work-study program to anyone who has a couple of hours to spare during the week, and wants to help out and feel good!
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