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Costa Rica Community Service: Helping Habitat for Humanity-a Humbling and Heart-Warming Experience!

Hola! Here  is a quick update from one of our Trip Members…

The past few days have been eye opening for the Costa Rica Community Service trip  on our journey through Costa Rica. We have spent the past two days working at the Habitat for Humanity construction site in Sainta Helena. Each day we split into four small groups, each group working on a different task. Our jobs included digging a trench for a septic tank, sanding the interior walls of a house, shoveling and wheel barrowing dirt and stones, and transporting rocks from the street to the trench. It was fascinating to see how much work goes into building a home.

In addition to building with our new friends and staff, we were helped by the mothers and children of two families, both of which will be receiving two of the homes at the site. It was amazing to help them build their future homes! We worked through rain on Wednesday and heat on Thursday, but that didn’t bring anyone down! Everyone maintained their positive attitudes and became an even tighter community as we helped to build a new one.

On Thursday, we were awarded with a special treat when we traveled to one of the families’ homes for lunch. One of the mothers taught us how to make tortillas and empanadas, both typical Costa Rican meals, from scratch. The empanadas were delicious and we all enjoyed sharing a meal with the adorable children. Additionally, we were able to see the current homes of the two families, which was a humbling and unforgettable experience.

We look forward to joining them again tomorrow for our final day with Habitat For Humanity!

Pura Vida!

Jamie (Costa Rica Community Service trip member)

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