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Volunteer Winners: June 2012

IVHQ Photo Competition winner in June 2012July has arrived so it's time to share the winners of last month's IVHQ Photo and Video Competitions and Feedback Draw...

Alyssa Zavislak's photo titled 'Last minute studying' picked up the most votes for the IVHQ Photo Competition for June, winning Alyssa the monthly prize of US$100. Alyssa is donating her prize money to the orphanage where she spent 4 weeks as a volunteer in Ghana.

Ben Townsend is the IVHQ Video Competition winner for June with this video he shared from his experience volunteering in India on our Orphanage Work project.

The feedback our volunteers share with us after completing their programs is invaluable in helping IVHQ maintain our high quality programs for future volunteers. We are happy to announce this month's Feedback Draw winner is Christa Bardar who spent 4 weeks volunteering in South Africa on our Teaching English project.

"I wanted to teach, and that is exactly what I got to do. Getting up in front of a classroom of 40 4th graders was scary, but it is what I signed up for, and I am so happy with everything I got to do in my program. I cannot begin to describe the feeling I have after this experience. I truly feel that I made a difference with the students in my class. I began to see small improvements in such a short amount of time. The children also love every volunteer. They have the biggest smiles on their faces when we arrive, and some of the saddest faces when we leave. They love every volunteer for what we do, and that is why we are all there. I enjoyed every second of this experience. My favorites would have to be every moment with my 4th graders, and making lifelong friends. I will never forget any of the students in my class, and I hope I made the same impact on them. I also met some amazing people while on my trip. I have so many memories that I will never forget. This was the most amazing experience."

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