Between the end of May and late August 2019, I was able to complete 220 hours in volunteer (with Advocacy Tanzania, a nonprofit organization that I co-founded in Tanzania). I volunteered for two main programs: 1) the Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) Program, a village banking program where I train and build capacity of community groups on financial literacy, savings strategies, small investments, and sustainable agriculture. 2) I also volunteered for the Student Success Center (SSC) Project, which we launched this summer to provide free tutoring and mentoring to primary school students at a public school. We started with 56 pupils in the seventh (7th) grade. Amazingly, we pre-tested the pupils (in math, science, English, and Kiswahili) at the end of May 2019 prior to any tutoring/mentoring sessions. In a nutshell: On June 1 we started tutoring/mentoring for at least 2 hours daily (excluding Sundays). On Saturdays, tutoring/mentoring sessions would go for up to 6 or 10 hours. We used one-on-one, small groups, peer-to-peer, and large group techniques. We also incorporated motivational talks connecting learning to real life world. We also asked parents to make sure they provided food to students since they had to stay longer at school. Most of them did. After a month of tutoring/mentoring, we tested the students again at the end of June 2019, and then at the beginning of September 2019. The results are incredible. Briefly: the total class average scores increased from 54.95 the pre-test, to 84.68 and 88.92 on the two post-tests consecutively. I am now constantly thinking about how this project will be sustained, improved, and expanded. Many appreciations to the other community volunteers who made it both possible and successful start.
CausesAdvocacy Community Education Environment Homeless & Housing Food Insecurity, Hunger International Politics Gender
A very rewarding volunteer experience this semester!
I get to meet and work with truly amazing and wonderful people. That is the beauty of volunteering. It is always rewarding and fulfilling.
"Little deeds of kindness, little words of love, Make our Earth an Eden, Like the Heaven above."
Meeting and working with amazing people is REWARDING!
It is very rewarding to meeting and work with amazing people.
Our Reno community has really very good people. I always look forward to volunteering because I get to meet individuals I otherwise would never meet. I am thankful that the staff at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park have given me the opportunity to volunteer with them.