Canadian High School Team volunteering in Guatemala
Our volunteers share some of their experiences and memorable photos.
Nutrition and education, particularly during a child’s foundational years is important. A DWC team in Kenya is developing a water collection system to irrigate a garden at an impoverished school.
We arrived in Lima in the early morning hours. We were picked up and taken to our hotel where we promptly checked in and went to sleep.
After a few hours of rest and some wandering Miraflores, we were picked up at the hotel by our tour guide, Astrid, from Llama Path. We were escorted by bus passed the Leap the Monk and La Herradura beach, two interesting tourist stops in Lima.
It was an early start… with a little bit of associated stress. We had met with Jose from Llama Path the night before at 5:00 PM. That was when we saw just how small our “duffle bags” were. We might have 6 kilos of personal belongings… but how were we to fit it into those little bags?! We also learned at that time that we would be picked up at 4:30 AM!!!! So much for starting day one rested.
18 volunteers…3 families ready for new homes….4 rooms to finish at Canadapura orphanage. 2017 was a terrific year with much success in TRIP Canada’s building initiatives, education programs, fundraising and volunteer development. With this momentum, Team 14 has an incredible opportunity to complete 4 building projects in April. The team is a mix of experienced volunteers – 2 marking their 10th anniversary – and new people keen to make a difference. They are coming from western Canada, the US and Ontario.
Brenda’s House Visit: Margarett, Jennifer and I went to a girl’s house that lived by the school and it was a eye opening experience seeing how much she can do with so little. Their house is about the size of a normal hotel suite for one person. They don’t have plumbing and the electricity doesn’t work most of the time. She lives there with her mom and dad but they’re not around to help her because they’re busy working.
Meeting Our Beneficiaries: Our volunteer team, under the leadership of Doug Wittal arrived safely in Peru on Sunday afternoon after an overnight flight from Vancouver to Mexico City and Mexico City to Lima. This is a much bigger city than I imagined; the van driver told us the population was 11 million. I had no real expectations about Lima but assumed as it was on the ocean, it would be humid and lush. I was wrong on both counts. It is a very dry place; Lima gets very little rain so it is actually very dry and much of the city is very brown.
Day one in San Miguel Duenas found us hard at work adding the finishing touches to some houses that DWC had started earlier. The floors are now finished ready for the family to move in.
Monday, April 2, 2018 Let me introduce myself. My name’s Nik. I’m a high school student from Northern Alberta, Canada. I joined this trip due to curiosity more than anything; the desire the see new places. So far, we’ve been in Guatemala for roughly 3 days, spending most of our time in Antigua participating in Read More…
Monday, March 5, 2018 Day ONE at the job site, and my team is already making things happen 🙂 Seriously, I could’t be any more proud! After 20+ hours of flying, a long road journey, and just one sleep, we were up bright and early to get to work. It took me just a few Read More…