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Review for The Baobab Home, Matawan, NJ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have a long history with The Baobab Home, dating to its inception, in the form of many roles. I helped it obtain 501(c)(3) status over 15 years ago, I served on its board for several years, I personally visited in 2008 and I currently sponsor a student's education. I can't say enough about Terri Place and her family, except that we need more people like them in this world. Terri is a formidable force in the most unassuming of ways; she has a knack for engaging people with her genuine warmth and humility. She makes everyone feel involved and, most importantly, valued. For example, her requirement that visiting volunteers hold fundraisers in their home countries is a brilliant move: once volunteers arrive, they have a voice in how their fundraising money is allocated and their own particular skillsets are put to use. (Compare that with other organizations' "voluntourism" models, where volunteers are assigned rote work for part of the day and then go back to their hotels.) It's been amazing to watch the organization grow under her direction, in ways we never imagined back in the early days. Because she has been so open to guidance and advisement (and criticism), The Baobab Home has not fallen victim to "founder's syndrome." In fact, the organization is stronger now than it's ever been.

Role:  Volunteer