United Planet Volunteer Donates $8,000 to Tanzanian School Print
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Written by Kristen Brandt   
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 10:28
United Planet volunteer alumnus, Adam Dodge, donates his charity award to United Planet’s elementary school project in Tanzania to build a computer lab

Boston, MA, April 17, 2013 – Adam Dodge, a former United Planet volunteer who taught English at an elementary school in Tanzania in 2008, recently donated $8,000 to the school to support the construction of a new computer lab.

United Planet, an international non-profit based in Boston, MA, works with local projects in over 40 countries to provide cross-cultural experiences for both travelers and host communities. After working in the computer technology industry for many years, Adam Dodge felt it was time for change, and for him, it was the perfect time to take the leap and volunteer abroad. Says Dodge, “It sounds like it’s really hard to do, but when you take a step back and look into it, it’s really a lot easier than you think.”

Dodge wanted a challenging experience in a place where he could also give back, so he decided to participate in a United Planet Volunteer Abroad Quest to Tanzania. Dodge took eight months off to travel and volunteer, and his time volunteering in Tanzania, he says, was clearly the highlight of the trip. “I’ve gained more than I could have imagined,” says Dodge, “You take away more from [the experience] than you feel like you are giving.”

So, naturally, when Dodge received last year’s annual Outstanding Contribution to the Firm Award from his employer along with $10,000 to donate to the charities of his choice,