Today was absolutely amazing. Our first build day was so much fun, working with the team and bonding with the family and the translators. Other members of my team agree that even though we have only known these people for a very short time, the bond we have already created with them is incredible. Although there is a language barrier, we manage to communicate in many ways. You can tell how welcoming everyone is by their tone of voice, their body language, or even the simple fact that they look at you with the biggest, most sincere smile I have ever seen.
We made a lot of progress with the work on the building today as well. Both teams are almost done the walls! We were absolutely drenched in sweat and covered in dirt, but no one cared because everyone is so passionate about the work we came here to do. Another thing I love is the fact that the work doesn’t feel like work at all because it’s so much fun.
Something I really love about my worksite is the children that come to visit us. We had so many children that wanted to help us build, or loved to pull us aside on our water break to play with them. There were two little girls today that pulled aside my friend Victoria, and I. They took us to hula-hoop in front of their family, where the family was overjoyed to see us attempt to hula-hoop. By the end of the day, many of us were giving out piggy-back rides and everyone had a smile on their face.
I love it here.
-Hanna, Carson Graham Volunteer, LiveDifferent Build, 2015