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Review for ARMS OF LOVE INTERNATIONAL, Costa Mesa, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Arms of Love (AOL) International moves beyond the traditional sense of the term non-profit, operating more like a family unit to support each child they serve in learning healthy coping skills to live their best life possible. Having volunteered for AOL since 2013, I have witnessed first hand how they are coming alongside communities in both Nicaragua and the Philippines to implement forward thinking intervention approaches and working to end cycles of trauma and poverty. With relationship building at the core of AOL’s identity they are not only positively impacting the lives of those they serve but also actively changing the lives of those who serve with them, by breaking down cross-national barriers and emphasizing our inherent need for human connection and community in order to solve the world’s ever evolving challenges. It is due to the organization’s human centered approach that inspired me to pursue a career in grass-roots level work that celebrates cultural diversity and global collaboration, recognizes people by their strengths, and provides opportunities for folks to build both their personal and professional capacities. My time as a volunteer has been invaluable and ultimately prepared me for acceptance into one of the US’s top ranked social work graduate programs, at the University of Chicago. Their work is transformative, and most importantly inspiring as they put the needs and values of their youth first and work to foster a new generation of the world’s leaders. If you are looking to get involved and better your life while positively impacting the lives of others I would recommend you get connected with this truly amazing organization.

Role:  Volunteer