Emily T – parent & teen trip Aug 2017
Building houses in Nicaragua was an unforgettably enriching experience. I was given the opportunity to immerse myself into the unique culture of the Nicaraguans, while constructing houses for two local families. During the four days, we dined on authentic Nicaraguan cuisine, laughed with the locals, built houses, and explored the beautiful country. Though the building process was physically straining, the amount of gratitude and happiness that we received outweighed our hardships. I was genuinely amazed at the families’ humbleness. Despite having so little, they can appreciate what they have, while still enjoying life. This trip opened my eyes, and made me appreciate all the amenities that we continuously take for granted. Living in a developed country, we cannot always see the poverty that affects millions worldwide. However, we experienced it firsthand on this trip. It genuinely changed my life and my view of the world, in a way that I will never forget.