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I used ton’t mind the heat, I was just glad to be out. But, it did impede the speed of the progress at the construction website.
I will acknowledge that building houses was not in my job description. When I sat there with my back against a shrub I poured a half jar of water on my mind. A grin crossed my face, not because I felt much more refreshed, however because I was truly pleased. I welcomed a gentle breeze that unexpectedly swept across the landscape and took my thoughts with it. My mind began to wonder. Just how can I get here?
Are not there something more your than routine and monotony? Sometimes I would often wonder if a lot of people were really waking up at the morning motivated by the work that they were doing and how their lifestyles were unfolding. I needed a change. I needed to become actively engaged in something positive which would give me a sense of purpose. Does that even exist, and if yes where do I subscribe? Perhaps it’s easier said than done. Can one person really transform the world? I wanted to learn.
Habitat just started a fresh International Volunteer Program (IVP) to get long term volunteers and I had been the very first to go through the program. My official name was the Volunteer Coordinator for Latin America & the Caribbean. I felt that this was an enormous opportunity since the company was built and existed on the support of volunteers. Starting out I was somewhat on edge, in the time I found my groove over the Habitat framework. It was unbelievable – that I was actually enjoying office job. I participate in the development of materials like an volunteer manual, interview guides, and evaluation forms. I worked with a taskforce for its continuous improvement of this IVP program. I even handled an on site volunteer training program in El Salvador. The best part about my job was to work along side other volunteers, those who weren’t because they had to be but have there been only because they wished to be.
As far as the volunteers had been concerned my job was to coordinate home and arrival logistics, administer orientations, and encourage them through the duration of their stay. There was such a charm between the volunteers I would go on it a step farther and plan weekend trips and after-work outings. We ended up not just changing the lifestyles of many others, but shifting the lifestyles of each other.
Normally as I could I’d break away from the workplace and take volunteers build trips to Habitat building landscapes throughout Costa Rica. It was heart warming to see first hand the culmination of work. Out at the sight we’d work together with the benefitting Habitat family that was always very receptive, helpful, and respectful of the help. The spectacle was a amazing amalgamation of civilizations, economic backgrounds, and faith. The frequent bond which tied us together was that the simple notion of creating a home. Only watching everyone else working, laughing, grinning, and discussing generated an atmosphere so rich with emotion that it made me rethink how I recognized riches. Your home was emblematic of more than only a place of residence. It symbolized a motto, a coming together, along with an inherent comprehension of equality that we’ll carry with us to the remainder of our own lives. As cliché as it may sound, it was authentic. We were not only building houses, but we were building lives.
Internationally or conflict resolution or individual rights, poverty or the surroundings – it’s disheartening to believe there are many ways to get involved and give back to the international community. It doesn’t matter where you begin to get started making positive contributions equally as long as you make your decision to actually start somewhere. Ultimately, this is among the toughest decisions to make. Did I eliminate poverty housing? Maybe not even close. Did I succeed? Absolutely! The calmness of my experience taught me that I alone can’t get rid of poverty home, that led me into the answer I was looking for. Perhaps one person can’t change the world, but the entire world can certainly change for one person. And it’s this domino effect, that if spread throughout the planet we could, together, reach the unthinkable and make a world that reflects the heat of humanity as an alternative of its own indifference.
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