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As Elizabeth Andrew said, “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” That heart brings me true happiness every time I get out of my busy doctoral school work to find joy through volunteering. As a Ph.D. student in Educational Leadership, my interest is: how do we use education to improve lives—the well-being of the people in rural and marginalized communities? This might involve going against the status quo; I am happy doing that. My biggest aspiration is becoming a community organizer and applying theory to practice solutions to effect asset-based sustainable community development through authentic... [more]

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The 100-Hour Challenge

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.

Gave 220.00 hours between 05/30/2019 and 08/17/2019 with ASUN / Center for Student Engagement, iLeadNevada, Office of International Students & Scholars, University of Nevada, Reno
The 100-Hour Challenge

A very rewarding volunteer experience this semester!

Gave 3.00 hours on 05/12/2019 with ASUN / Center for Student Engagement, iLeadNevada, Office of International Students & Scholars, University of Nevada, Reno, Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space
The 100-Hour Challenge

I get to meet and work with truly amazing and wonderful people. That is the beauty of volunteering. It is always rewarding and fulfilling.

Gave 4.17 hours on 05/05/2019 with ASUN / Center for Student Engagement, iLeadNevada, Office of International Students & Scholars, University of Nevada, Reno, Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space
The 100-Hour Challenge

"Little deeds of kindness, little words of love, Make our Earth an Eden, Like the Heaven above."

Gave 4.67 hours on 04/28/2019 with ASUN / Center for Student Engagement, iLeadNevada, Office of International Students & Scholars, University of Nevada, Reno, Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space
The 100-Hour Challenge

Meeting and working with amazing people is REWARDING!

Gave 2.00 hours on 04/21/2019 with ASUN / Center for Student Engagement, iLeadNevada, Office of International Students & Scholars, University of Nevada, Reno, Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space
The 100-Hour Challenge

It is very rewarding to meeting and work with amazing people.

Gave 4.00 hours on 04/20/2019 with ASUN / Center for Student Engagement, iLeadNevada, Office of International Students & Scholars, University of Nevada, Reno, Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space
The 100-Hour Challenge

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.

Gave 5.00 hours on 04/14/2019 with ASUN / Center for Student Engagement, iLeadNevada, Office of International Students & Scholars, University of Nevada, Reno, Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space
The 100-Hour Challenge

Always rewarding

Gave 2.00 hours on 04/07/2019 with ASUN / Center for Student Engagement, iLeadNevada, Office of International Students & Scholars, University of Nevada, Reno, Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space
The 100-Hour Challenge

Always rewarding

Gave 2.00 hours on 04/06/2019 with ASUN / Center for Student Engagement, iLeadNevada, Office of International Students & Scholars, University of Nevada, Reno, Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space
The 100-Hour Challenge

A memorable day

Gave 2.00 hours on 03/31/2019 with ASUN / Center for Student Engagement, iLeadNevada, Office of International Students & Scholars, University of Nevada, Reno, Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space