AACTeens has teens from all over the country, not only sharing ideas and working together on projects but also working on community service of their own. From volunteering in schools in Africa to volunteering in hospitals and retirement homes, AACTeens members do some of the most ambitious community service projects imaginable.
Here are excerpts from a few of their stories.
Will Hayward of The British School of Chicago writes in Tanzania Expedition 2015:
For me, this was one of the saddest moments. As I sat next to Naomi, I considered how her future would pan out. There would be no one there making sure that she did well. Her teacher could not really help her and she couldn’t get any special attention…
Jack Forrest shares his volunteer experience with The Village Mountain Mission:
Whether it was through simple games, jokes, or gestures, we were all affected by the genuine love of the Dominican people, and the beautiful simplicity inherent in their culture. While we were the ones who had traveled to aid the Dominican family, we gained just as much, if not more, from working with and getting to know them as they did from us. Through our interactions, we learned much more about what genuine happiness and love are, and what is truly important in life.
Lillie Shaw shares her experience with Generations4Change:
During their visit, they would stay in the city of Gulu and visit refugee camps, HIV/AIDS orphanages, and assist with seven or eight high school rebuilding projects. They were given a “Recognition of Service” from the Pennsylvania State Senate in Harrisburg, PA. In addition to their work in Uganda, Generations4Change also had some of their students attend Invisible Children events in Washington DC, Chicago, and San Diego.