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Review for Art Studio Inc, Miami, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I had come to Miami with a group of students from Rollins College on an Alternative Spring Break trip. Miami would serve as a microcosm in which to study immigration and the human effect of it. During our first two days we were in Homestead learning about the rural migrant community and their lives working in the field. After which we began our service with Art Studio Inc. Located in the heart of Little Haiti, an impoverished community located in Miami, yet rich in culture and tradition, the students that we got to work with had quite a bit to share about their experiences and some of the stories that we heard were heartbreaking, yet they were a testament to their strength. Despite their home situations, the students were eager to participate in the projects arranged by the teachers of Art Studio Inc. and appreciative of the volunteers who had given them the attention that you could see that they had so desperately desired, but which was often not provided to them at home or in school. Whereas some may have viewed these kids as "hopeless," working with them helped me find hope in each and every one of them through their wit and character. This organization, is so necessary; with funding for the arts becoming harder to come acroos in public schools, these children are being deprived of a unique medium through which to explore their ideas. The arts foster creative and critical thinking, expression, as well as breaking through established barriers of class grade, language, and culture. Overall a phenomenal experience, there should be more organizations like this throughout the country!

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I'd like to think of my volunteering experience in terms of what did I give, rather than what I got. However, through working with these children I can say that I was inspired in the sense that it reaffirmed my purpose. Most of my college career I have been planning to leave Florida upon graduation; however, this experience has showed me that instead of looking elsewhere for happiness, my community needed me and I am now exactly where I need to be. Through working with the children I felt needed.

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Role:  Volunteer & One-on-one mentoring with students from a school located in the heart of Little Haiti in Miami, FL.