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The sun beat down from overhead with this kind of intensity I had been breaking out in a sweat when sitting in the colour. I used ton’t mind the heat so much, I was just happy to be out. But it did impede the rate of our progress at the construction website. It had been grinding job between digging, mixing concrete, putting blocks, and bending rebar, all which I had little to no working knowledge in.
I’ll admit that building houses was not in my job description. A smile crossed my face, not because I felt joyful, but because I had been truly happy. I welcomed a gentle breeze which unexpectedly swept across the scene and required my thoughts withit. My mind began to wonder. Just how did I arrive here?
Are not there something more alive than regular and monotony? Occasionally I would often wonder if a lot of people were really getting up in the morning inspired by the job they were doing and how their lives were unfolding. I had a change. I needed to become consciously involved with something positive that would give me a sense of purpose. Does that also exist, and if so where can I register? Perhaps it’s easier said than done. But, I finally chose and started to realize this dream when I traveled to Costa Rica to a whim and found myself volunteering with Habitat for Humanity International. Can one person really transform the whole world? I needed 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 new International Volunteer Program (IVP) to get long-term volunteers and I was the initial to go through the application. My official name was the Volunteer Coordinator for Latin America & the Caribbean. I believed that this was an enormous opportunity since the organization was constructed and existed the aid of volunteers. Starting out I had been somewhat on edge, but in due time I found my groove over the Habitat frame. It was unbelievable – that I was actually enjoying off ice job. I participate in the creation of materials like an volunteer manual, meeting guides, and test forms. I worked with a task force for the continuous improvement of this IVP program. I handled an on-site volunteer training plan in El Salvador. Yet the greatest part in my job was to work along side other volunteers, those who were there not because that they had to be but were there only because they desired to be.
As far as the volunteers were concerned my role was to coordinate home and arrival logistics, administer orientations, and support them during their stay. There was this kind of charm amongst the volunteers I would simply take it a step further and plan weekend trips and after-work outings. We ended up not simply altering the lifestyles of others, however, changing the lifestyles of one another. Working with Habitat gave me the confidence to feel that I can accomplish almost any job, but more importantly it gave me a genuine sense of fulfillment in to be 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 building landscapes during Costa Rica. It was heart warming to see first hand the culmination of your work. Out at the sight we’d work alongside the benefiting Habitat family that was consistently very receptive, helpful, and respectful of the help. The scene was a amazing amalgamation of cultures, economic backgrounds, and faith. The frequent bond which tied us together was that the very simple notion of developing a home. Just watching everybody else working, laughing, grinning, and discussing generated a feeling so rich with emotion it made me reconsider the way I defined riches. The home was emblematic of more than only a place of residence. It symbolized a motto, a coming together, along with an inherent understanding of equality which we’ll carry with us for the rest of our lives. As cliché as it may sound, it was authentic. We’re not just building homes, we were building lives.
Internationally or domestically, conflict settlement or individual rights, the environment – it’s disheartening to think that there are many ways to get involved and give back to the international community. It isn’t important where you begin to start making positive gifts equally so long as you make your choice to actually start somewhere. Ultimately, this is one of the toughest decisions to make. Can I eradicate poverty housing? Not even close. Did I succeed? Absolutely! The serenity of my experience taught me that I can’t eliminate poverty home, that directed me to the answer I was looking for. Perhaps one man can not change the world, but the world can surely change for one person. And it’s this domino effect, that if disperse throughout the planet we could, collectively, achieve the unthinkable and create a world that reflects the warmth of humanity in the place of its own indifference.
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