To all the volunteers I had the pleasure of meeting as a Global Village Field Assistant with Habitat for Humanity Argentina:
Unfortunately my time volunteering with Habitat has come to an end. It has been quite the journey, one that I am so grateful to have been on. I just wanted to write a quick note to the groups of Polly Knudsen, Peter Sexton, St. Lukes, Suzanne Fougere, and Pat Magnusen and Dale Dupuis to express my gratitude to you all for having come to Argentina to participate in our projects. I have learned so much throughout this experience, and I will leave Argentina feeling optimistic because of my consistent contact with people like you, who not only hope for a better world, but take action to create one. When you are only here for one week, it is hard to see the fruits of your work. However, I have been fortunate enough to go back to Recreo, Santa Fe, as well as La Matanza, to visit the families who you worked with, and hear them ask me time and time again about the foreign volunteers who helped them better their homes.
I think my “field assistant” abilities improved a lot as I gained more experience, so to my earlier groups I apologize for not being able to answer all of your questions or facilitate the experience as much as maybe I could now. To my first two groups (Polly Knudsen and Peter Sexton), THANK YOU for being so understanding and flexible, and most of all, thanks for having what the Argentine’s call “buena onda”, which means having a good attitude, or good energy. I went in October to Santa Fe and I have new photos to share with you from Walter and Soledad’s home that are on their way.
To St. Lukes: Well I wasn’t expecting that a group from the Lutheran Church would be so much fun! Do you miss moving tierra??? Probably not haha! You were my first closed group, and you really welcomed me into your team. You also got me a free dinner at Desnivel when I recently went back with a GV group! So thanks Renee for dancing with the waiter to “Pa-panamericano”!!!
To Suzanne Fougere’s group: Canada represent!! Thanks for sharing so much with not only Victoria and I, but also with the different communities that we worked with in Recreo. You really helped make my last visit to Santa Fe a memorable experience. You will not be forgotten in the Mocovi community.
To Pat and Dale’s group: This was my last brigade and my last visit to the 22 de enero community so it was quite a special week for me. I think you really accomplished a lot despite the extreme heat, and you did it with such good disposition. Thank you for making my last week in the field so enjoyable and for allowing me to close this experience on such a high note.
I have learned so much over the course of these 6 months and now I feel much more directed with respect to the next steps in my life. You have all inspired me and taught me about life and myself in different ways. I hope you will continue to inspire, create hope, and do what you can to change what you feel needs change, and not allow the depth of the issues that exist to keep us from acting.
I wish you all health, love and happiness and I hope our paths will cross again someday!
“I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” ~Mahatma Gandhi