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Review for Alliance for International Reforestation, Inc., Atlanta, GA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I've spent five weeks with AIR and I keep coming back. I am simply in awe of the ways they empower local, impoverished communities in the mountains of Guatemala, bringing world-class agroforestry skills to them instead of the other way around. It's a patient, long-game sort of program that has utterly transformed the landscape of Chimaltenango and Sololá states.

I'm also in awe of the huge impact they have with such a comparatively small staff. I feel like I see every dollar I give up on those mountainsides, whether in trees, water cisterns, or programs for local schoolchildren. Did I mention that Dr. Hallum, AIR's founder, is a CNN Hero? And that AIR is Guatemalan-run?

I'll be back until I can't climb up mountains or swing a hoe, and will offer support beyond that time. If you want to see poor farmers' lives improved and mudslide-damaged slopes reforested in rural Guatemala, you should too!

Role:  Volunteer

Review for Alliance for International Reforestation, Inc., Atlanta, GA, USA

Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

I spent a month volunteering with AIR after college and it changed my life. Nine years later, I took five of my own college students to spend a week with AIR, and--thoroughly exhausted from planting 600 trees on mountainsides, building 3 stoves, and playing a ferocious game of soccer with children at an AIR school--they didn't want to leave.

When I asked one of my students why, they said: "The work we're doing, the place we're in, the people we're with... it's just incredible." And it is. Families invited us into their homes, and trusted us because AIR technicians had built deep relationships with them in their indigenous languages. They proudly showed us their nurseries and told of the tens of thousands of trees they had planted. Most moving to me, they talked about what this work--AIR and local villagers, side by side--is going to mean to the world they pass on to their grandchildren: a more productive, safer, and much more verdant and beautiful world.

Time and money given to AIR are well spent. I've been twice now, give regularly, and can't wait to go back!

Role:  Volunteer