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I didn’t mind the heat, I was simply happy to be out. However, it did slow the speed of our progress at the construction website. It had been grinding job between digging, mixing concrete, putting cubes, and bending rebar, most that I had little to no working experience in.
I’ll admit that building houses was not in my job description. A grin crossed my head, not because I felt much refreshed, but because I had been truly happy. I recognized a gentle breeze that unexpectedly swept across the landscape and took my own thoughts with it. My mind began to wonder. How did I get here?
For many years I had the fantasy of living abroad, learning a new language and experiencing a different culture. Wasn’t there something more to life than regular and monotony? Sometimes I’d often wonder if most people were really getting at the morning motivated by the work that they were doing and how their lives were unfolding. I needed a switch. I needed to eventually become consciously engaged in something positive that would give me a feeling of purpose. Does that also exist, and if so where do I register? Perhaps it’s easier said than done. Can anyone really change the whole world? I wanted to discover.
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat simply started a fresh International Volunteer Program (IVP) to get long-term volunteers and I had been the very first to experience the program. My official title was the Volunteer Coordinator for Latin America & the Caribbean. I felt this is a tremendous opportunity since the company was constructed and existed the support of volunteers. Starting out I was somewhat on edge, in the time I found my groove within the Habitat framework. It was incredible – that I was actually enjoying office work. I took part in the creation of materials such as an volunteer manual, interview guides, and test forms. I caused a task force for its continuous improvement of this IVP program. I administered an on site volunteer training plan at El Salvador. The greatest part about my job was to work along side other volunteers, those who were there not because that they must function but have there been only because they desired to become.
So far as the volunteers have been concerned, my job was to coordinate housing and arrival logistics, administer orientations, and support them through the duration of their stay. There is this kind of charisma between the volunteers I’d simply take it a step farther and plan weekend trips and after-work excursions. We ended up not just altering the lives of others, however, shifting the lives of each other. Dealing together with Habitat gave me the confidence to believe that I can accomplish some job, however more importantly it gave me a more real sense of fulfillment in to be ready to work hard at work worth doing.
Normally as I could I’d break out from the office and take volunteers on build trips to Habitat construction sights throughout Costa Rica. It was heart warming to see first hand the culmination of one’s job. Out at the sight we’d work together with the benefitting Habitat family who was always very open-minded, friendly, and respectful of our help. The scene was a wonderful amalgamation of civilizations, economic backgrounds, and faith. Yet the common bond which tied us together wasn’t the very simple notion of developing a home. Only watching everyone working, laughing, smiling, and discussing generated an atmosphere therefore rich with emotion it made me rethink how I recognized wealth. The home was emblematic of more than just a place of residence. It represented a unity, a coming together, and also an inherent understanding of equality which we’ll carry with us to the remainder of our own lives. As cliché as it may sound, it was authentic. We were not just building houses, but we were building resides.
Internationally or domestically, conflict settlement or individual rights, the surroundings – it’s disheartening to consider that there are many ways of getting involved and give back to the international community. It isn’t important where you begin to get started making positive gifts equally for as long when you make your decision to actually start somewhere. Ultimately, this really is one of the toughest decisions to make. I decided the movement of eliminating poverty housing. Did I eradicate poverty housing? Not really close. Did I succeed? Absolutely! The serenity of my experience taught me that I alone cannot do away with poverty housing, which led me to the answer I was looking for. Perhaps one person can’t change the planet, but the world can surely change for a single individual. And it has this domino effect, which should disperse throughout the planet we could, together, achieve the unthinkable and make a world that reflects the heat of humanity as an alternative of its own indifference.
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