Andrea Poole 2005-2006
A volunteer's perspective on SAS Program
There must be unity amongst those demanding social justice if
we are to ever reach our goals. I arrived in this country with much
passion but very little preparation. I discovered Severino Polanco
through a friend of a friend, and I literally owe my life now to
this chain of contacts (another story for another timeÖ however
feel free to contact me by email for details). Severino immediately
hooked me up with SAS and the next day I was on my way to Jarabacoa.
I don't know what sort of magic was worked out so quickly while
my back was turned, but when I disembarked, it was as if the town
had been awaiting my arrival. Everything I could have ever needed
was arranged and my support system was already intact. SAS is a
powerful organization, completely competent and able to connect
one with the Dominican community at large.
My satisfaction with SAS's placement of me in Jarabacoa is more
than hoped for or imagined. This small mountain town, referred to
by some as the Dominican Alps, is home to the Barrio Blanco School,
where ten optimistic teachers, a dedicated director, and 500 students
gather in an extremely poor neighborhood.
I appreciate being part of an organization that provides guidance
while also seeking to learn my perspective, seeing value in the
diverse skills that each volunteer brings to the program and the
country. It is an honor to participate with SAS, who has my back
in this crazy and beautiful place. It would be a pleasure to communicate
personally with any interested persons.
Love people at the Dominican Republic.
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