Building more than a house, building a home

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My Hero Holiday experience in Mexico has been absolutely surreal and amazing. I came on the trip with an open mind and I can honestly say my perspective has been completely changed.

Firstly, the people who I have met on my trip have become my second family. Everyone is so friendly and supportive, and we have become close knit teams. The staff and interns have also made the entire experience great by always being there to answer our questions and keep us going. Secondly, it was crazy how a group of 16 people could become so close over such a short period of time and work together to build a house in 4 days. But by far the most amazing part of my trip was building a connection with our family. Our family consisted of the mother Eva, the father Domingo, their son, their daughter Anna, and their oldest daughter Susana. I am so honored I was able to become a part of their life and share this experience with them. Hearing about their hopes and dreams has truly inspired me to always have hope and fight for my dreams and work hard to achieve them. I think the moment I really connected with them was when the oldest daughter was when she told me her dream was to be a biologist and pursue scientific research. It hit me that although we were from such different worlds and places, we shared the same dream. This was very eye opening for me, and I felt like I could relate to the family and really connect with them.

I could not think of a more deserving family to get this home, they are so kind, loving and deserving. The moment we gave the family the keys to their new house on dedication day is unparalleled to any other feeling I have ever experienced. This family has changed my life, and the way I view the world. I have learned to appreciate what I have, and to live every day with purpose and to not talk life for granted. I am so glad I got to experience this trip and that I was able to meet all the wonderful people I have met!

Asha – LiveDifferent Hero Holiday Mexico Volunteer 2012

Author: LiveDifferent

Date: August 23rd, 2012