Spring Break Trips: Guatemala – Habitat for Humanity

Habitat2As most college students spent their Spring Break relaxing, Lawrence’s own Habitat for Humanity group did the complete opposite. Twelve members of the Lawrence community, some with abroad experience and others with none, traveled to Guatemala as a Global Village team, volunteering to assist masons in constructing homes for families in need.

Basking in the hot Guatemalan sun, the individuals were split into two groups and endured some long, but unforgettable days. Hiking through volcanic mountains, playing soccer with the youth and enjoying delicious Guatemalan cuisine were merely some of the adventures that occurred outside of building.

The group experienced some adversity along the way, having to overcome some protesting which inhibited access to build sights. However, at the end of the day each member was exhausted regardless of detriments, giving every ounce of energy they had towards improving quality of life for those less fortunate.

Many lessons were learned and memories made, instilling lasting images of how fortunate many of us are.  Betsy Sorensen, a sophomore who traveled with the team, stated: “It seems like such a simple act, helping them build a home, but the underlying meaning behind our actions have a huge impact on these people’s lives.”

She continued, “it was an exhilarating experience, one I will never forget.”

Habitat for Humanity was graciously funded through donors and many family and friends of team members. Without their support, this experience would not have come to fruition. Habitat meets Mondays at 9:15 p.m. in the Campus Center’s Kraemer Room. If you love volunteering and don’t mind getting a little dirty, please get involved!