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Review for Co Partners Of Campesinas, Alexandria, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

After gaining much pleasure and insight from teaching English to Spanish-speaking immigrants in the US for a number of years, I expected teaching in Guatemal to be more of the same. It was not--it was better. The young people were so intelligent, charming and eager to learn--we had 100% attendance for every class and felt we were really teaching them something that would be useful--they thought so too. One positive aspect was that the young teachers attended our classes with their students. Although they are charged with teaching English they know little and, given their dedication were able to improve significantly. They also were struck by our interactive teaching methods (in Guatemala, children just copy and repeat en masse)which they were eager to try in their own classroom. As the culmination of our program teaching tourist English we took them to Antigua Guatemala to see Guatemalans working with actual tourists. One unforeseen consequence of our program was that the students saw how attractive and interesting their culture was to foreigners, something they had never realized. We never would have done this without Co-partners to arrange it and we plan to return again and again and have recruited friends unacquainted with the organization to join us this year.

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

Seeing the results of our work in Guatemala, and that of Jim Heinzen doing organizational advising for the indigenous organization. Hearing of the results of other programs. Seeing the near adulation the women of the projects feel for Archer Heinzen.

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

Increase the funding to pay expenses for less affluent volunteers--as it is all volunteers including the founder and her husband pay all expenses. All of us seem to be better at doing the work than publicizing it.

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

teaching in Guatemala.

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


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

have programs like the ones it runs in a huge number of rurual communities.

Ways to make it better...

we could have stayed longer.

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

attracting volunteers and funds.

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

this is a small but terrific organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & Member of the Board and taught English in Guatemala to indigenous young people. This was one of the most satisfying experiences of my life and my husband and I plan to return next year, we also are trying to bring a young teacher home with us for a few m.