Volunteer Profile: The Benatar Sisters
The Benatar sisters recently volunteered with outreach360 in Monte Cristi. Isabel and Maya heard about Outreach360 through a family friend and, after checking it out, Isabel convinced her whole family to come volunteer. Isabel is taking a gap-year this year and Maya is a sophomore in high school. They spent their Christmas vacation volunteering with disadvantaged students in the Dominican Republic, putting on exciting Learning Camps. Both Isabel and Maya were group leaders at camp.
What is your favorite principal and why?
Our favorite principle is “Be Flexible and Creative.” For us, one of the main challenges of volunteering was adjusting our lesson plans in accordance to the students’ needs, their age, and experience.
What inspired you to volunteer as a family with Outreach360?
Our family has never done a service trip before and we wanted to give it a try.
What does it mean to you to be a part of a volunteer service program?
It makes us feel accomplished and it makes us come to the realization that this service is not like charity, it’s like a social exchange or cultural exchange. Meeting each other and understanding each other’s way of life is really why it’s important.
What surprised you most about the service-learning experience?
We were surprised at the range of the students’ abilities in the classroom and also surprised at the energy level of some students. Some students would go crazy during our English lesson at the Learning Camp, and then be very silent at the music station, life science, or art stations.
Do you have a favorite memory of your time with Outreach360?
Giving each other friendship bracelets at the end of the art station was a highlight! And seeing how excited the kids were about the science kit!