United Planet International Volunteer Alumnus Donates $8,000 to Tanzanian School

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Former United Planet international volunteer, Adam Dodge, donates his charity award to United Planet’s elementary school project in Tanzania to build a computer lab.

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Dodge teaching English in Tanzania

I’ve gained more than I could have imagined. You take away more from [the experience] than you feel like you are giving.

Adam Dodge, a former United Planet volunteer who taught English at an elementary school in Tanzania in 2008, recently donated $8,000 to the school to support the construction of a new computer lab.

United Planet, an international non-profit based in Boston, MA, works with local projects in over 40 countries to provide cross-cultural international volunteer experiences for both travelers and host communities.    After working in the computer technology industry for many years, Adam Dodge felt it was time for change; and for him, it was the perfect time to take the leap and volunteer abroad. Says Dodge, “It sounds like it’s really hard to do, but when you take a step back and look into it, it’s really a lot easier than you think.”

Dodge wanted a challenging experience in a place where he could also give back, so he decided to participate in a United Planet Volunteer Abroad Quest to Tanzania. Dodge took eight months off to travel and volunteer, and his time volunteering in Tanzania, he says, was clearly the highlight of the trip. “I’ve gained more than I could have imagined,” says Dodge, “You take away more from [the experience] than you feel like you are giving.”

So, naturally, when Dodge received last year’s annual Outstanding Contribution to the Firm Award from his employer, along with $10,000 to donate to the charities of his choice, Dodge immediately contacted United Planet to donate the money to the school at which he volunteered. With the donation, the school plans to build a computer lab, a move that will open up endless resources for the children and teachers at the school. Not only will the children gain necessary computer skills, but they will also have unlimited access to all the available free educational resources online. The benefits extend to teachers as well. The teachers Dodge worked with had limited professional training and having access to a new computer lab could significantly enhance teacher training and provide teachers with more ideas and class material for lessons.

Adam Dodge is the perfect example of the commitment that United Planet volunteers hold to the mission of cross-cultural understanding and to giving back to the program communities even after they have returned from their Quests. Read more about Adam Dodge’s experience in Tanzania on the United Planet Blog. For more information about becoming involved with United Planet or volunteering abroad, please visit our website or call us at 800-292-2316.

About United Planet:

United Planet, an international non-profit based in Boston, MA, strives to create a world in which all people understand, respect, and support one another. United Planet's global network of leaders and volunteers fosters cross-cultural understanding and addresses shared challenges to unite the world in a community beyond borders. Over the past ten years, United Planet has worked with local communities all over the world to find meaningful work for volunteer travelers; and has placed thousands of volunteers in those communities to live and work – for periods ranging from one week to one year. United Planet is the U.S. and Canadian member of the International Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE) Federation, founded in 1949. For more information about United Planet and its volunteer abroad programs, please visit us http://www.unitedplanet.org.

For further information, please contact us at 800-292-2316.

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