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Reflecting on El Salvador

It is my first day back in Massachusetts after an amazing week in El Salvador, and ironically I am now feeling sick from eating American food.  Luckily I have a nice home and family to take care of me.  However, this only reminds me of the lack of families and good homes to take care…

El Salvador ’13

When I woke up this morning, the first that entered my mind was “oh crap, we go back to reality today.” But, as I laid in my cot, waiting for Bri and Sammi to wake up, I realized that I couldn’t be further from the truth. This week in El Salvador has done nothing but…

Breaking Barriers – El Salvador

The time I’ve spent in El Salvador thus far is by far from what I originally expected – in a good way. Never would I have thought I would be so emotional or eye opening. Working in Ahuachapán has been a truly memorable and invaluable experience. I’ve spent this week building a house for Gladis,…

The Simplicity of Entrepreneurship in Ahuachapán Student

Almost at the end of our trip, it’s sad saying goodbye to many members of the community we have been working with in Ahuachapán. From the masons building such an incredible home with us to the women of the local co-op, it has been a pleasure to experience the values and work ethic that these…

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…