image

The Real, Hands-On Experience of Alternative Spring Break

Olivia Brown is a second-year social work student.

image

The Real, Hands-On Experience of Alternative Spring Break

Olivia Brown is a second-year social work student.

This past reading week, I had the opportunity to travel to Honduras with a group of Carleton students to assist in the construction of a vocational training centre.

olivia3

Sandrine Nkubito (left) and Olivia Brown (right) in Los Trozos, Honduras.

olivia4

The exterior of the vocational training centre, February 2016.

Our team had met during a few pre-departures and team bonding activities, but I would have never been able to imagine the amazing group dynamic that came from the experience. From sleeping on each other at the airport to mixing cement together, we became our own little family and we grew both as individuals and as a group. The beauty of Honduras surpassed by expectations, from the amazing waterfalls we saw during a hike to the lush greenery we overlooked while brushing our teeth each morning. The community was so open, friendly and welcoming of us. The children were extremely carefree and joyous, showing me how our dependence on technology and “the latest gadget” are far from important in terms of happiness.

olivia5

Hiking in Los Trozos.

olivia2

Participants from Team Honduras with children from the local school and families.

I felt right at home and realized how fortunate we are to live in Canada with as many privileges as we have. The vocational centre we worked on will likely be finished by August. It will help to teach the children skills that will prevent them from moving to the city in hopes of finding employment, therefore keeping the community of Los Trozos thriving and together.

I learned an immense amount about myself from ASB, including my physical and emotional limits, my newfound passion for travelling, and most of all my interest in community service learning. Nothing compares to real, hands-on experience and I have learned so many things that I will continue to apply to my everyday life.

olivia1

Lake Yojoa, Honduras.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *