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karengraves99

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Review for The Tandana Foundation, Spring Valley, OH, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

About a year ago, after a brief visit that was supported and coordinated by the Tandana Foundation, I felt that as a psychologist I could give back to the Otavalo, Ecuador community in a potentially meaningful way. I proposed my idea to one of the Tandana coordinators who immediately got to work helping me plan a project.

I have just returned from three weeks working, learning, and presenting in the school, La Joya in Otavalo. Every aspect of my time there was supported by Tandana. They hooked me up with an interpreter, arranged accommodations with families, checked in regularly to make sure all was going well, and even arranged a doctor visit when I was briefly ill. I truly cannot imagine a better experience.

I highly recommend this Foundation for donations, trips, group projects, or just to learn about a great nonprofit of the world.

Bravo Tandana!!

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for The Tandana Foundation, Spring Valley, OH, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

From the first moment of hearing about the Ohio Master Gardeners' trip to Ecuador, I was excited. I love to work outside, gardening and planting, and I love to work collaboratively with others, so I knew it would be a great trip. However, from Day 1 through Day 7, my expectations were exceeded thanks to the awesome organization and knowledge of Tandana staff. Not only did we have the opportunity to plant trees, weed gardens, and plant herbs, every afternoon Tandana staff had planned some outing through which we learned more about Ecuadorian culture. This was not a "visit a museum" experience of the culture. This was IN the communities meeting with people who were seemingly eager to share their lives with us.We learned bits of the language, of the food and cooking, of the music, and got to spend time with families in their homes. We had the opportunity to hike through the Polylepsis Forest that grows next to frailejones... the only place in the world that these two ecosystems exist side-by-side. We had great food and very comfortable accomodations. I really cannot think how this could be better. Thanks to Tandana for creating such a wonderful opportunity for us all!

Role:  Volunteer