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Laurier students join Habitat for Humanity in El Salvador during reading week
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group of 21 Laurier students, catching up on their schoolwork wasn’t their only
priority during reading week. Instead, they helped build two homes in El
Salvador as part of a trip with Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village Program.
Marshal Rodrigues from Laurier Brantford, one of the team leads, this was her
second Habitat trip.
“This was something I always wanted to do, and I
have been lucky to have been able to participate twice,” she said. “I’m really into
philanthropy, and when I saw an email last year from Laurier International
about this opportunity, I ran with it.”
In 2013, three students from the Brantford campus
and six students from Waterloo were joined by Robert Feagan, associate
professor in Contemporary Studies for the initial trip organized by Laurier
International and Habitat for Humanity. The students participated in one home-build
outside the city of San Miguel.
This year, eight Brantford students and 13
Waterloo students, along with Feagan, departed on February 16, and returned a
week later. They participated in building two homes for families in need in El
“I got involved partly because of my community
development interests and its ties with international possibilities like this,”
said Feagan. “I am also doing research with the students on their experiences
in taking on these kinds of international activities.”
These trips are organized through the Global
Village Program, whereby individuals or groups travel together to one of the
Habitat affiliate partners in over 100 countries around the world.
Each participant has his or her own reason for
participating, but for Rodrigues the outcome is unifying.
“We all walk away with a single view and a sense
of accomplishment,” she said. “The gratitude was truly overwhelming and it gets
you hooked. It completely changed my perspective and what I want to do with my
For more information about participating in
future trips, please contact Marshal Rodrigues (email@example.com or
Mike Boylan, coordinator, global engagement programming (firstname.lastname@example.org). For more
information about the Habitat for Humanity Global Village Program, please
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