"This has been my first Global Volunteer experience, but it won't be my last. I have so much admiration for both Ruth Fredericks and Wilcina Gabriel, Anse la Raye childcare workers, who spend all day, every weekday showering their love, attention and patience on these beautiful, funny, energetic children. It was an amazing experience.
The evenings were such fun. I was glad to be able to spend time with such a diverse group of fascinating world travelers, and hope that the budding friendships will be like (plants in) earth boxes - and flourish and grow."
~ Shelley Molnar, NJ
"The people in the village, although they have little, provide the best they can within their means. I do believe (they) understand the unselfish goals of Global Volunteers, and respect us for our work and commitment. Community leaders are very dedicated to helping the families and children of Anse-la-Raye."
~ Russ Tonkin, VT
"I was able to teach 156 kids about bacteria and germs - and the importance of hand washing, along with safe hygiene practices. I became close with the children. I felt I could love them, and gain their trust - and they learned from me."
~ Vickie Henige, MI
"It was extremely rewarding and even more exciting than what I expected. It was one of the most enjoyable experiences I've ever had. The more we can teach people about using Earthboxes, the more we can help this entire community. I just hope this project can continue to grow."
~ Julie Schexnaildre, MI
"I gained a lot from the experience. Probably what I did the most was to give personal attention and help to the boys - especially the ones the dedicated regular classroom teacher pointed out as needing a little nudging. It was a wonderful assignment which I enjoyed. We were in Anse-la-Raye to work with community leaders to lay a foundation, a framework to deliver 12 essential services in the vital areas of health, hunger, and intellectual development. And, did we leave our mark on the world? Yes, I believe this hard-working doctor, nurses, teachers, farmers and other team members - many retired and some still working fulltime - did leave a mark on the world map in tiny St. Lucia."
~ Roger Yockey, WA