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Review for Scholarship For Advanced Guyanese Education, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Scholarship for Advanced Guyanese Education (SAGE) is a very dedicated group of former teachers positioned as volunteers in Guyana, South America.

I found out about them while I was volunteering there from 2008-2010 with the Peace Corps.

I continue to correspond with them regarding a previous client of mine who was awarded a scholarship in 2010. He has had his troubles since enrolling at the Unversity of Guyana but the SAGE group has been working very hard with him to keep him in school and assist him in all ways possible.

They are a compassionate group who are dedicated to see their mission continued and expanded. You would be doing a real service by volunteering to this group in any way you can.

Thank you.

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

on-going e-mails and calls with their volunteers and myself. I follow their successes on their web site even though I've returned to the States.

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

want more teamwork between SAGE and Peace Corps and VSO. Together the three organizations could provide extra tutelage to prospective college students, current U of G students who have been awarded the scholarship and future job seeking after graduation. This would include school, as well as life skills training to help the students who may be on their own for the first time in their life.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Working closer with other non-profits in country.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I felt I accomplished what I set out to do, "impact the life of at least one person while in Guyana."

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Good, but frustrated that I couldn't do more.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Volunteer & I helped a high school graduate complete the scholarship application for SAGE. He was awarded the full-ride scholarship in 2010.
 

Review for Scholarship For Advanced Guyanese Education, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

SAGE is an excellent program striving to help those in need of Guyana. Their personal attention to detail and assistance to those who have applied for scholarships, have been nominated and those who have received scholarships is heartfelt. One young man who was just awarded the scholarship has received additional support for his monthly living expenses; way beyond what was originally offered with the scholarship. My hat is off to the fine folk of SAGE...keep up the great work!

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

the scholarship that was awarded to a young man who I knew through the work at the Comforting Hearts Organization. An NGO for HIV/AIDS counseling, testing and education.

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

More support from people world wide! Especially all the Guyanese residing in other countries.

Role:  Volunteer & Peace Corps Volunteer-Guyana 2008-2010.
 

Review for Scholarship For Advanced Guyanese Education, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

SAGE is an organization that is composed of volunteers who had worked as teachers in Guyana. They offered a scholarship for a student to attend U of Guyana. A student I helped complete the application form was selected for the award. SAGE was also able to provide living expense award as well. SAGE has worked very hard to get the student registered (after school had already commenced), and worked closely with the Registrar at the university, the student, the NGO he was a client of, and myself. I feel they went well beyond what was originally planned and was very accomodating to this young student.

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

The scholarship completion and the awarding to the student from the NGO I volunteered at. I've been in contact with them for the last few months on a weekly basis to coordinate the student's admittance to the university,and the lodging and food expenses.

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

try to award the scholarship earlier so the student had more time to get settled in Georgetown. We were unclear that you had to register for college prior to submitting the application...but it all worked out!

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

the people were as concerned about the outcome as I was.

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

considerate, flexible and kind.

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

provide more scholarships and have satellite offices in Guyana.

Ways to make it better...

I was closer to Guyana to help out with the logistics and communiation.

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

The people were situated in US and weren't able to easily communicate by letter, internet or phone with the Guyanese participants.

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

I appreciated all the hard work Alicia did for Caleb.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Volunteer & US Peace Corps Volunteer in Guyana serving for an HIV/AIDS NGO and a Special Needs School for Elementary Children.