This final fall, Michelle and I volunteered for a construct with Habitat for Humanity in Nicaragua. It was my second construct with Habitat and her first. We had additionally achieved a humanitarian journey the earlier yr once we took a grueling trek up into the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains and stayed at a Buddhist monastery. On that journey, half of our value went to assist African kids with AIDS by way of AFCA (African Basis for Kids with AIDS), who additionally organized the journey, and the remainder went in the direction of instructing and serving to a bunch of Buddhist nuns; most of them younger kids. That was Michelle’s first worldwide journey, which sadly additionally value her her job. When her boss, Dave, would not approve her journey to Nepal, he gave her an ultimatum; keep right here otherwise you’re fired! She accepted being let go from her six-figure job in trade for a transparent conscience; one of the best choice she ever made. As quickly as we returned from that journey, we have been so excited that we instantly started planning our subsequent journey, which was to Nicaragua. It might be six months later once I would say, “Would not or not it’s good to go to Nicaragua and never come again?” That considering led to only that. Earlier than leaving for our subsequent journey, I fairly my six-figure profession, and sure, we by no means returned. Two six-figure careers, proper down the bathroom. Flush.
My first Habitat construct was in Thailand and it was with Val Tomey, our group chief. I bear in mind after that construct how she spoke in regards to the methods the expertise would change us. How we’d return and have a look at the world otherwise. How it could be troublesome for folks to know once we received excited speaking about our experiences. She even gave us an instance of one in every of her group members, who after returning to work the following day, give up proper on the spot. I believed on the time, would not that be good. Val would additionally lead us on our journey into Nepal. And he or she would once more lead us into Nicaragua. You see, Val is a daily Habitater and he or she’s additionally a accomplice with AFCA. She is consistently doing issues like this and main folks world wide; a lot so that almost all of my emails are returned with an out-of-office reply, explaining what a part of the world she’s in now. So after I give up my job, she was one of many first individuals I advised. Whereas my dad and mom have been each making an attempt to wrap their heads round what the hell I used to be considering, Val was giving Michelle and me a glowing endorsement and congratulating us on our braveness.
So what’s it about Habitat for Humanity that is so superb and so profound? What’s it that may drive people to only stroll away from their lives again home? Most of us know what Habitat does. They construct properties for the poor and for those who actually need them. Within the U.S. they’re the sixth largest home builder. Internationally they’re in 90 separate international locations, in order that they’re probably the biggest home builder on the earth, though I have not confirmed that but. However regardless of what number of statistics there are, they can not clarify the sensation of doing a construct. So if you happen to’re enthusiastic about doing a Habitat construct or if you happen to simply need to know what one is like, this is slightly description of our final journey to Nicaragua Geoscape geo location.
All of us met on the Greatest Western in Managua, simply outdoors of the airport, which made sense. In fact, Michelle and I weren’t coming in on a aircraft, so it wasn’t essentially handy for us. We had simply spent the final week in Costa Rica, the place we have been now house-sitting for 3 months, since with out jobs, we now needed to discover methods to reside inexpensively, which simply occurred to be in tropical stunning places (phew). So as an alternative of a aircraft, we took a bus from San Jose to Managua, which was an journey in itself, however that is a distinct story. From the Greatest Western, the native Habitat group took over. They’re those that manage every thing and coordinate with the group chief (Val).