This past weekend, I went to a town called Guadalupe to build houses for those who lost their homes when IDA hit El Salvador. It was an awesome experience!!
We, Peace Corps Volunteers, worked with an NGO “Un Techo para mi País.” This NGO mainly works in Latin American countries to build houses for people living in extreme poverty and people who get affected by natural disasters. A majority of volunteers is college students. They go to different parts of the country on weekends and vacations to do this volunteer work.
There were 10 groups of 5, 6 people and each ground built one house.; therefore, this weekend, we built 10 houses in total. These houses are made of wood and they are pre-assembled so we just had to put it together although the hardest part was to build the foundation.
We dig ground to put some wooden poles but we encountered was a ton of rocks. It took so long to dig out all the rocks. I got really worn out by doing it.
Then we put up some wooden poles.
We put up a floor and pegged it.
The walls were pre-fabricated so we just had to put them together, although it was not as easy as you might imagine.
We also put 2 windows and a door.
A commemorative photo with my team! It was pleasure working with you guys.
And this is a result of hard-working weekend!
It was great working with youth in El Salvador.
A lot of times, I work with kids (6-15 years old) or adults. So it was nice getting to know people of my age too. I really liked it so I might contact them and work with them again sometime.