Inspired Words

Our volunteers share some of their experiences and memorable photos.


Aquinas students in solidarity with Cambodia

Posted in Cambodia on February 5, 2018

Bridging the gap Day 1 Today we worked on a project in a small rural community in Kep, Cambodia. Our group planned to construct one water gate and two latrines for the families. At first we were nervous because we had never done a project like this before, and we did not want to disrupt Read More…

Students improving health for families

Posted in Cambodia on December 11, 2017

Stories of Survivors Day 1 – Phnom Penh Yesterday we visited Tuol Sleng, the genocide museum. Our guide was a survivor of the genocide and shared incredible stories of his experiences as well as stories from S21 a high school that was converted to a prison and torture camp. There we met Chum Mey one Read More…

Inspiration in Sri Lanka

Posted in Sri Lanka on November 23, 2017

Embracing Challenges and Trepidation Picture this: 7 volunteers, 4 missed connections, and 3 lost pieces of luggage; hardly the image of a cohesive group to help one Sri Lankan family who nearly lost everything to a flood. Yet, the hope is that this motley group will all come together for this single purpose. Before we Read More…

Urban Foundation in Peru

Posted in Peru on November 20, 2017

First Encounters: Urban Foundation at San Jose Obrero School November 19, 2017- From seaside to mountainside, the Urban Foundation group made our introductory trek to San Jose Obrero School (SJOS) early on Sunday morning to partake in the festivities of IFEJANT´s Children´s Fair. We were let out of our transport van midway up a steep Read More…

Setting kids up for success in Peru

Posted in Peru on November 14, 2017

Day 1: A warm welcome Having never participated in a program like this before, I was looking forward to the first day with a mix of excitement and apprehension. Even though we were told that the community wanted the project, I was concerned that we may not feel welcome as outsiders coming in to tell Read More…

Adventures in Cambodia

Posted in Cambodia on November 1, 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017 7am – The weekend is over and ,hi ho , hi ho–it’s back to work we go ! Four new families , four more latrines to build. Were are no longer apprentices and now have our journeyman papers we feel these will go up in no time – and they do. Read More…

Building Hope in Nepal

Posted in Nepal on October 25, 2017

Day 1 Today was day one of the Nepal home construction project. We commenced activities at the community centre building of our local partner, “Creating Possibilities We began digging with shovels and worked hard until 4:00 when the last of the  foundation ditches was completed. Tomorrow  we will pour the concrete. Perhaps the most important Read More…

Fun and hard work in Cambodia

Posted in Cambodia on October 20, 2017

Wow, what an amazing start to our journey here in Cambodia. So much fun to connect with previous friends from the 2016 Nepal trip, 6 of us were reunited with Jen Baillee as our team leader. Team arrived at various times and had to wait to travel to Kep for the stragglers who missed their Read More…

Happy surprises in Guatemala

Posted in Guatemala on October 17, 2017

Saturday, October 7, 2018 Arrived in Antigua late at night. Sunday, October 8, 2017 Being a Sunday, we had a walking tour of Antigua. We went to a Jade factory and saw how they cut the jade and polished the pieces by hand to form some of the jewelry. That evening we ate out a Read More…

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