Inspired Words

Our volunteers share some of their experiences and memorable photos.


Kamloops Boys and Girls Club Youth Council in Guatemala

Posted in Guatemala on August 28, 2017

August 24, 2017 For the past couple of days, we’ve been doing many things.The beginning of Wednesday started with an ecofiltro tour. We met the founder who told us the story of how/why he started it and how he was a social entrepreneur. He showed us the original model and why it worked so well. Read More…

Kamloops Boys and Girls Club Youth Council in Guatemala

Posted in Guatemala on August 25, 2017

August 24, 2017 For the past couple of days, we have been building the Eco Stoves with the Open Windows Foundation. It was such an amazing experience! The first day was super long and tiring as we climbed many, many hills. After the demonstration, we all realized it wasn’t going to take as long as Read More…

Kamloops Boys and Girls Club Youth Council in Guatemala

Posted in Guatemala on August 22, 2017

August 21, 2017 We’ve had an amazing weekend here in Guatemala! Starting with Friday, we went to the Ecostoves factory to meet Carlos, the mastermind behind the concept! He gave us a tour of the land while our translator for the day, Sadie who is Stephanie’s sister, helped out. Carlos showed us all his previous Read More…

Balmoral students build for kids in Peru

Posted in Peru on May 17, 2017

May 18 Although this was our last day of work, it was definitely our best. We started off with an uneventful morning full of sanding, chipping, brick organizing and water carrying. It was a surprise for us to find out we would be taking an early break to see a performance put on by the Read More…

Lucky 13 for TRIP team to Sri Lanka

Posted in Sri Lanka on April 26, 2017

April 25 Here’s a last look at the this fantastic team at work.   April 24 Last night we had an incredible dinner at Palm Paradise – a hotel many of the previous volunteers will remember having stayed there on four previous trips. Lots of fun in the medical chairs! A few nostalgic visits today. Read More…

Building a home for a Guatemalan family

Posted in Guatemala on April 19, 2017

April 29 It is hard to imagine how much delight three rooms can give to a family, but this is what the Developing World Connections team in Duenas, Guatemala, experienced when they built a home for a family there. The main room is 15’ x 15’, the kitchen 8’ x 12’, and the toilet 4’ Read More…

Team Bodwell heads to Peru

Posted in Peru on April 7, 2017

Thursday, April 20 Today was our last day at San Jose Abrero. It was nice to see the improvements we made but also recognize how much more work needs to be done. Only with programs like this does the school get any funding or improvements. I was really proud of our Bodwell students for working Read More…

Building a better school for Peru’s children

Posted in Peru on March 20, 2017

March 24 The day starts bright, sunny and hot. Many other days have been overcast in the morning and we’ve had the benefit of having some working time before the sun burns off the cloud. Not today! It’s full sun from the get go. Today is bittersweet. It is our last day at the school. Read More…

Schools join for Guatemala

Posted in Guatemala on March 6, 2017

March 6 and 7 On the morning of March 6, we visited the Eco-Filtro, a water purification factory, and took a tour. We learned two things: that culture acceptance is important, which is why chlorine cant be used to purify water in Guatemala (where people dislike the smell and the taste) and that silver can Read More…

Hot sun, warm hearts in India

Posted in India on March 6, 2017

March 17 The final day dawned pretty much like our other days in Rajasthan: clear, hot and sunny. The difference was that today we did not have to work.  Today was all about celebrating how far we had come with the project, about the connections we had made with the local villagers and about the Read More…

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