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…

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The Babson Way at its Best!

El Salvador is home to a few tough gangs. These gangs of young men were initially begun in L.A. and Chicago. The 2011 U.N. study on Global Homicide found that Honduras had the highest murder rate of 82 deaths per 100,000 people, while El Salvador was second with 62 murders per 100,000. For reference the…

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Time of my Life

We spent our last full day in El Salvador Zip Lining from tree to tree, pouring buckets full of Chispa in the top layer of bricks on the house, sanding the walls from top to bottom, and dancing our hearts out with the community of Getsemani. It may have only been a few hours of…

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Who knew it can benefit masons to dance?

Thursday August 16, 2012 This is not my first time away from home, but it is my first time in a Latin American country. Last semester, I had studied abroad in London and went backpacking for a month throughout Europe! However to my adversity for this trip, the two words I have been only able…

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Cooperative collaboration in full effect

The Babson women were helping teach twenty entrepreneurs who were part of one of three companies focused on jewelry, textiles and art. all within the village of Getsemani. The 3 companies were part of a cooperative which provides capital and training for the members of their companies. The first Babson training of entrepreneurs began in…

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Babson’s efforts in El Salvador: An outsider’s perspective

This is my second summer coming to Getsemaní, El Salvador and it is the highlight of my summer. On this trip I am the only person who does not have a direct contact to Babson; I am neither a student nor an administrator. I attend Providence College and have zero experience in the world of…

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Defining Entrepreneurship in El Salvador

We’re building homes, but we’re also building on relationships we have established over the years in El Salvador.

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Technology is ahead of its time here

This is my 4th trip to El Salvador. The airport in San Salvador seems to be welcoming me back, and outside the terminal are hundreds of families picking up their loved one who is returning from a job in the U.S. Out of the 6-7 million population in El Salvador, almost 2 million are working…

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Building Connections over Chispa,

Two days ago, our team of nine lounged at an ocean resort in El Salvador, sipping our “coco locos” and enjoying the sun. Fast-forward to Tuesday afternoon, and we were mixing “chispa” (concrete) in the hot sun to build a small family home. This contrast of environment seemed great to me as we attempted to…

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Farewell Ahuachapán! Until next time!

Today was our last day on the work site and our departure celebration. We were each able to put in our final efforts to get as much of the house done as we can. Today really involved the entire group working as a team and thus, helped us to bond even more as a group…

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