Would you recommend One Heart Source?
A huge leap of faith is what brought me to Cape Town, South Africa during the summer of 2014. Being accepted to volunteer abroad with One Heart Source (OHS), a non-profit/grassroots program, was the the life affirming moment that I had been in search of. For four weeks, OHS provided me with the opportunity to educate and empower vulnerable youth of sub-Saharan Africa as a mentor through social and academic support. In an effort to address and close the achievement gap in the classroom I first had to gain an understanding of just how connected we all are through our humanity. Living in the birthplace of Nelson Mandela, rejuvenated my activism and pushed my consciousness to new depths. To be humbled by kindness, loved and cared for by strangers (who quickly became family), to learn and live within a culture unlike my own, and be an agent for social change halfway across the world has caused me to question what work still needs to be done so that we may achieve a non-racial society.
Volunteering with One Heart Source in Cape Town, South Africa this last summer was a life changing experience! I had the opportunity to meet and connect with the most inspiring and beautiful people. We spent everyday learning and trying to make a positive impact. It was an experience of a lifetime!
One Heart Source is by far one of the BEST decisions I've ever made in life! My friend told me all about her experience and how it changed her life, so of course I had to see for myself! I did some research, applied, and the rest was history!! OHS has truly opened my eyes and heart to people, places, and experiences that I could not have imagined before. Teaching 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students was incredible, but being taught by my students, community members, and OHS family was something I didn't expect! I learned so much about other people, cultures, communities, etc. and more about myself. I came into OHS wanting to go into law enforcement and left certain, that I want to go into primary education. And of course, I will be going back for 2 months next summer, because it is that AWESOME! I WISH EVERYBODY COULD EXPERIENCE THIS!! I LOVE OHS AND OHS LOVES ME!!
One Heart Source is a family that is committed to changing the world by inspiring, empowering and educating one child at a time. During the summer of 2014 I spent four weeks in Cape Town, South Africa with my OHS family. While in CP I mentored and tutored three primary school children (each in third, fourth, and fifth grade respectfully) in mathematics and literacy.
Firstly, I experienced the inextricable human linkage between people around the world. This was demonstrated through a deep connection with and love that develop between the students and I. These children are extremely intelligent, absorb knowledge like fresh sponges, and only desire to learn more. As a volunteer I was able to assist teachers at their school by alleviating some of the pressure to teach and provide attention to 50+ students in one class.We strive to empower! We strive to give children the tools to be successful in any arena. Together, as a family working toward this common good, OHS is making a difference.
Since day one, I knew I had made the right decision of volunteering with One Heart Source. I wanted to somehow combine education with health in my volunteer experience and that was exactly what One Heart Source did. We taught in classrooms to children, and also in the community as well. I really felt a connection with the non-profit and if anyone is considering volunteering they should definitely keep it as a great option.