On March 2, after months of planning and fundraising, we (19 students, three faculty advisers and one very special stowaway) will take off for Chile to support Habitat for Humanity’s vision: a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Our adventure will begin in Santiago, Chile’s capital and largest city, where we’ll explore the area’s rich history and culture, always with a view of the Andes Mountains.
From Santiago, we’ll travel southwest to the town of Paredones, our work site for the week. We’ll spend five days painting, digging, mixing cement and doing whatever else might be required alongside our Habitat partner family. All of the money we raised ($26,421 thanks to 215 donors!) has gone to purchase materials for the home, so it will be wonderful to see our fundraising efforts in action. We’ll build from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, and we’ll spend our evenings in team activities and exploring Chilean culture.
Once we say goodbye to our Habitat friends, we’ll catch a flight to Temuco for the R&R portion of our trip, which will include exploring the town of Curarrehue in the rainforest, hiking volcanoes and glaciers in Villarrica National Park and taking a dip in the park’s thermal pools.
We’ll keep you posted as we travel. Adiós, amigos!