Shannon McQueen

Shannon McQueen | 21 years old | New Hampshire, United States

Shannon McQueen, a student volunteer from Saint Michael’s College, volunteered at Ilula Orphan Program for three weeks during the summer of 2014. While there, she taught at the preschool, worked in the garden, cleaned and cooked, but as she puts it, “mostly our group learned.” She visited a Masai tribe and a foster family, which allowed her to “appreciate the diverse cultures and people we were meeting.”

Comments on Her Experience:

Shannon McQueen wrote: “In the morning and before each meal, we would gather as a community to sing, pray and reflect. This moment, where we all held hands together, really resonated with me. You felt like part of the community.”

About IOP:

McQueen stated: “IOP is truly the heart of Ilula. The programs are run by the community, for the community, in an uplifting and empowering way. It was remarkable to see the faith, family values and friendship the community emulates. I will be forever changed by the kindness shown to me. I feel incredibly in debt to this organization, which works for the good of so many people.”

Advice for Future Volunteers:

McQueen commented: “Please take your trip back home with you! Never forget to continue to support the IOP from abroad, by sponsoring a child, sending donations or helping in whatever way you can.”

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