This is something that I’ve wanted to do since college. I just didn’t know how to go about doing it.
There are great organizations like Engineers Without Borders and Water For People, among others. I didn’ t know about them until the last few years. I only knew about the PeaceCorps, and I wasn’t sure I was up for that. (Now, UA has a chapter of Engineers Without Borders. I’m jealous of current students who are able to participate.) This summer, I worked alongside a group from AmeriCorps rebuilding a Habitat for Humanity house destroyed by the April tornadoes. It sounded like a great organization too!
I now have the opportunity through Liscomb University and my work to go to Guatemala and help install a water system for the people of the Ulpan Valley. The plan is to go in January, and I’m really excited. I’m also really nervous. I’ve obviously never done anything like this before so I don’t know what to expect. I’ve also never been away from my kids for 10 days.
As a side, if anyone would like to contribute to my trip, I will happily accept donations!