During the summer between my sophomore and junior years in high school, instead of getting ajob to buy myself non-necessary objects, I volunteered for the Fabretto Children's Foundation. Fabretto is an organization working in Spain, Nicaragua, and America to better the lives and improve the education of the Nicaraguan people and their children.
Because of overpopulation, a failing economy, and an overall failing education system, Nicaraguan children only attend a half day of schooling, either a morning or afternoon session. Fabretto has set up five main campuses that allow children to spend the session they're not in school in a nurturing and educational environment, with tutors to provide help with homework, warm meals to feed the children, and a safe place to find refuge. In rural areas, Fabretto goes into the schools to try to enrich the education children receive through academics, but also music and art.
During that summer, I volunteered nearly forty hours a week, helping the President of the organization run his office. I also helped with a series of special projects, including the widely successful Sponsorship program.