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IVHQ Volunteer Winners: April 2012

The first day of the new month always means one thing here at International Volunteer HQ - it's time to announce the winners of last month's IVHQ Photo and Video Competitions and Feedback Draw! Each of our three winners will score a prize of US$100 to spend as they wish.

IVHQ's winning photo from April 2012This photo titled 'Urban Fisherman' picked up the most votes in the IVHQ Photo Competition for April, winning the photographer Matthew Baker the monthly prize. Matthew captured this great shot while volunteering in Vietnam on our Working with Local NGOs program.

Rachael Corry has claimed the title of IVHQ Video Competition winner for April 2012 with this video she shared from her time volunteering in Kenya back in 2009. Rachael has told us she will be donating her prize money to pay the school fees for one of the young girls she lived with in Kenya, who Rachael has been sponsoring all through boarding school.

We really appreciate the time our volunteers take to share feedback from their volunteering experiences with IVHQ. To show our appreciation, each month we draw a winner from all those who completed a feedback form and this month's lucky winner is Mariam Magsi! Mariam, who spent two weeks as an IVHQ volunteer in Mexico, shared this feedback from her time on our Teaching program... 

"We felt needed, appreciated and wanted. The kids cried on our last day so I know we made a difference in their lives, both emotionally and educationally. Accommodations were clean, family was generous with food, we could have seconds when we wanted, environment was cheerful, unique and authentic. My favorite experience was when we painted a peace loving mural in the school we were volunteering at and all the kids started a beautiful, colorful paint fight. I would definitely recommend the program to others, especially because people world wide have grave misconceptions about Mexico in general, when in reality the experience was safe, fulfilling and authentic in every sense."

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