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The sun beat down from overhead with this kind of intensity I was breaking out in a sweat while sitting in the colour. I didn’t mind the heat so much, I was only glad to be out. Yet, it did slow the rate of our progress at the construction site. It had been grinding work between digging, mixing concrete, putting blocks, and bending rebar, all which I had little to no working experience in.
I’ll admit that construction houses was perhaps not in my job description. As I sat there with my back against a tree I poured a half jar of cool water over my head. A smile crossed my head, not because I felt much refreshed, but because I was truly happy. I recognized a gentle breeze that unexpectedly swept round the landscape and took my own thoughts with it. My mind began to wonder. How can I get here?
For many years that I had the fantasy of living abroad, learning a new language and experiencing another culture. Are not there something more your than regular and monotony? Sometimes I would often wonder if many people were really waking in the morning inspired by the work they were doing and how their lives were unfolding. I had a switch. I wanted to eventually become actively involved in something positive which would provide me with a feeling of purpose. Does that exist, and if so where do I subscribe? Perhaps it’s easier said than done. However, I finally took the initiative and started to see this fantasy once I traveled to Costa Rica on a whim and found myself volunteering with Habitat for Humanity International. Can one person really transform the world? I desired to learn.
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and making decent, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat only started a fresh International Volunteer Program (IVP) for long-term volunteers and I was the initial to go through the application. I believed this is an enormous opportunity since the organization was constructed and existed the support of volunteers. Beginning I had been somewhat on edge, but in the time I found my groove within the Habitat framework. It was unbelievable – that I was actually enjoying office work. I participate in the growth of substances such as an volunteer manual, meeting guides, and evaluation forms. I worked with a taskforce for its continuous advancement of this IVP program. I even handled an on site volunteer training regime at El Salvador. The best part in my job was having to work along side other volunteers, those who weren’t because they had to function but have there been simply because they wanted to be.
So far as the volunteers had been concerned, my role was to coordinate housing and coming logistics, administer orientations, and support them through the duration of their stay. There is this kind of charisma amongst the volunteers I’d often go on it a step further and plan weekend excursions and after work excursions. We wound up not just changing the lifestyles of many others, but shifting the lives of one another. Working together with Habitat gave me the confidence to believe I can accomplish any job, but more importantly it gave me a real sense of pride in being ready to perform hard at work worth doing.
Normally as I could I would break away from the office and accept volunteers build trips to Habitat construction sights during Costa Rica. It was heart warming to see firsthand the culmination of your job. Out at the sight we’d work alongside the benefiting Habitat family that was consistently very open-minded, friendly, and appreciative of our help. The spectacle was a great amalgamation of cultures, economic backgrounds, and faith. The frequent bond that tied us together was the easy notion of developing a home. Just seeing everybody else working, laughing, grinning, and sharing generated a feeling therefore rich with emotion it made me rethink the way I defined wealth. The home was emblematic greater than just a place of dwelling. It represented a unity, a coming together, and an inherent understanding of equality which we’ll carry with us for the remainder of our own lives. As cliché as it may sound, it had been true. We’re not only building houses, but we were building lives.
Internationally or conflict settlement or human rights, poverty or the environment – it’s disheartening to believe there are many methods to get involved and give back to the international community. But these problems exist not to create despair but activity. It isn’t important where you begin to begin making positive gifts just so long when you make your choice to actually start somewhere. Eventually, this really is one of the toughest decisions to make. Did I eliminate poverty housing? Not really close. Can I succeed? Definitely! The calmness of my experience taught me that I alone can’t eliminate poverty housing, that led me to this answer I was looking for. Perhaps one person can’t change the world, but the world can surely change for a single individual. And it’s this domino effect, that if disperse throughout the planet we could, together, achieve the unimaginable and make a world that reflects the heat of humankind in the place of its indifference.
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