I recently just spent a month traveling throughout Central America over the holiday season meeting many new faces and experience many different cultures. This trip I did was a very unique one. I had the opportunity to work directly with students from all over who are providing sustainable service to under-served villages in Honduras. Whether you call this a vacation or volunteering, I call it an experience of a lifetime!
I went on this trip to work on a documentary video and also a photographer for the different Global Brigades programs. So I had a very unique prospective of the the interaction between students and the community they are serving. Every shot that I obtained contained genuine smiles and great passion behind each student volunteers and also the community members themselves. This, in my opinion, is a powerful movement that I think can later help these communities towards a great future.
Not only did these students had the opportunity to help rebuild water system and run mobile clinics, they also experienced the local culture. Many people who these students help serve opened up their homes to them. One community member even cooked the group a traditional Honduran desert while they were passing out donated water containers!
These service trips, or if you want to call it vacation, is a very unique way to experiencing a different country while helping those who really need it. I think everyone should take a chance and do a trip like this. Whether you end up enjoying it or not, it will definitely be an unforgettable experience.
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