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Changing Lives in El Salvador, One Lesson at a Time

Working with Habitat for Humanity in El Salvador has been such a rewarding experience.  We spend half of our day teaching women in the community, and the other half of our day is building in the hot sun.  Building is hard; I have never even used some of the muscles that are sore!  We have…

Exploring my roots in El Salvador

I was always taught to be philanthropic, and this Habitat trip seemed like the perfect experience.  I would be able to exploring another culture while be able to give back to those way less fortunate than I am.  What made this trip so much more appealing was the fact that it was in El Salvador.…

Digging Deep in El Salvador

The first two days working at the site have been exhausting yet completely rewarding. Since we are teaching entrepreneurship as well as building, we split into two groups of 5 people – one group teaches in the morning while the other builds and vice versa after lunch. Luckily I’m with the group that works in…

Teaching Entrepreneurship in El Salvador

Last Saturday afternoon I flew into El Salvador not knowing what to expect. I had heard so many different things from my friends and family that I decided to just throw all my expectations away and “ride the wave.” Although El Salvador has been through many challenges and triumphs over the past 20 years, the…

S.O.R.A…Seniors Out Reflecting Again– Megan Brain

When I first received the invitation to the S.O.R.A Soirees I was skeptical. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect or if it was worth the very limited amount of free time that I had, but I decided to give it a chance. At the very least, I figured it was a two hour break from the…

The Hunger Banquet– Puja Mehta

When Habitat for Humanity first did the Hunger Banquet in the fall of 2011, I was studying abroad, so I did not actually get to experience it. I heard from those who participated that it was amazing, and was excited at the opportunity to help plan it in the fall of 2012 along with the…

Barton Road After-School Program–Cheska Mauban

  I remember planning for the first session of the Barton Road After-School Program (BRASP) in September. I was extremely excited to separate the children into teams and distribute straws and tape for each team to construct the tallest standing structures. Of course, I was a bit nervous because we had a completely new team…

Friends of the Homeless– Alex Woodhouse

Every experience that the whole Friends of the Homeless team experiences is just as memorable as all of the others. I think one of my favorite stories is when we had our full team out, including a student volunteer helping to re-shingle a shelter down in North Weymouth. The seven of us shipped out to help Herb,…

One Day Without Shoes Reflection– Ben Pierce

As my feet begin to thaw, there is only one word that describes my feelings right now. Excruciating. The cold is so bad that my feet are burning. Having grown up in Vermont, I have felt this before upon going skiing when it is below freezing, but never has it been my feet. It looks…

Faith at Babson College– Kelvin Ha

On October 30 at 6:30PM, I attended a Sabbath dinner at Babson College. I attended the event not with the original intention of writing it as my journal response, but instead because I was curious about this Jewish event. I was first introduced to the series of Jewish event at Babson by Jeremy, as well…