Stories from Volunteers

volunteer with young boy in SJV

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P.B. High School student

When I went to El Salvador I had heard many good things but nothing could have prepared me for the experience I had while I was there. While the trip centers around helping to build a house for a family, there is so much more to it. We were immersed in the culture and by the end of the trip, we felt as if we were part of the community. Working together with the people of El Salvador makes you realize that you are truly part of something so much greater, and that you truly have the power to make a big impact on the world

K.D. former High School volunteer, now college graduate

The journey to El Salvador encompasses a multitude of eye opening lessons. As a young person this is important in order to shape your present and future adult self. At least I find this to be true for myself as I reflect today. Among the many lessons I have encountered through experience, the most memorable was the love and generosity from those who face the hardships of poverty each day. I initially learned this from a man who sells honey for a living. At the time I was 16 years old making $9 an hour at the local grocery store. This man didn’t even make half of my hourly wage in one day, and he was a father with a family to take care of. This man was local friend of the organization who the group visited many times before. I was simply a newcomer who was carrying gifts from past travelers, which after I then realized why this man and his family receive such love from those back home. The man offered me honey to take home with me as a thank you. You see the truth behind honey for me is that “Salvadorans will give everything, even if they have nothing”. 

Random thoughts from a frequent adult volunteer

While our primary goal was to provide a bit of perspective for my child, I found the trip to be quite enriching as well.  El Salvador is a very beautiful country, with warm, friendly, and hardworking people.

The kids were just awesome! They took quite a bit of pride in their appearance, with their white school shirts, well – white! Even with living on dirt floors, without running water, and having to walk miles to school, simply unbelievable, but true. And while visiting the school, you could imagine these kids anywhere, the shy kid, the brain, and the class clown.

The children were clearly loved and well cared for, and we spent some time with one of the younger groups walking the grounds, playing wiffle ball, and spontaneously leaping off of stairs… Seriously, this little girl with whom I had been walking just stopped and when I turned around leaped into the air without a second thought. And it is the spirit of that “leap of faith” and the hard work we witnessed that I hope this younger generation can help break this society out of the cycle of poverty with our continued support.