Inspired Words

Our volunteers share some of their experiences and memorable photos.


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…

Adventure in Guatemala

Posted in Guatemala on February 28, 2017

March 1 Hola from San Miguel Duenas. After another delicious breakfast at Fernando’s, we spent our final day at open windows, finishing murals, reading stories with children, playing games such as Stella Ella Olla, Squirt and other hand-clapping games. Later on we visited a family in the community to drop off an EcoFiltro we purchased Read More…

Smiles greet volunteers to Cambodia

Posted in Cambodia on January 30, 2017

Feb. 4 Today, Saturday February 4, the students started the day by going to the beautiful Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap. The temple is one of the seven wonders of the world and built entirely from stone. After a very sunny morning spent there, we enjoyed lunch at a Khmer restaurant. The girls had Read More…

Setting the stage for a lodge in Rwanda

Posted in Rwanda on November 30, 2016

Aug. 25 Last day, plus celebratory dinner earlier in the week Rwanda, Kigali – August 25 Last day to “get ‘er done” and then a special dinner. The team was working hard to get the last stretch of wire fence installed. After a long day at the work site, the team went out for a Read More…

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