About Providing Dental Care
This experience strengthened my desire to help people in need. It made me realize that for many, the reality is that it is very difficult to get dental care, and I realized that this is because of many factors (geography and economic factors, especially). I also noticed that a community cannot have access to dental care but remain culturally and spiritually robust. It gave me great personal satisfaction to help children, as this is where you can have a greater impact by helping them have better oral health. If you have good oral health you can eat and speak well, and have no pain. That will help you to have a better quality of life. Dr. Odette
About Teaching, Reading, And playing with the children
This organization is incredible. I worked as a volunteer at Open Windows in May and September of 2016. I got to witness the commitment and patience of each of the teachers towards the children. I got to organize my own classes, watch and help teachers lead activities, and do one-on-one tutoring with reading and math. The children all come to this library because they want to be there, they come walking and biking, and when they are there they really enjoy themselves. They love to learn.If you are fluent in Spanish this is a wonderful place to lead activities and help out however you can. If you are learning Spanish, working with children is a great way to continue learning. You can listen to children read out loud. This is a great opportunity for the child to have someone listening to them read. -Anna B.
I would recommend Open Windows Foundation to other volunteers… it is an awesome experience to work with children. Also, it was nice to see that they really want to learn. -Barbara H.
Advice to the new volunteers: Don’t be shy, the children are all very nice and are eager to learn or at least play and read. I would recommend OW because I think that working with children with a different cultural background is an interesting and enjoyable experience. -Lisa J.
The smile of the kid’s face. It’s good to see when children get the chance to improve their skills. Yes, Definitely I recommend OW. It’s possible to use you own skills to show children different methods.
Learning from the students and staff about the culture and the language, working with the students to help them to develop their reading and literacy skills. I would like to come back to deliver a dance program with other professionals dancers from the UK. -Lauren T.