Sarah Wattie worked for over a year in her native New Zealand in order to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Argentina (HPHA). While she wanted an experience that would challenge her faith, Sarah admits, “I had no idea what to expect.” Never one to shy away from a challenge, Sarah threw herself into learning more about HPHA’s work and the inadequate living situations confronting many Argentines. In the more humble neighborhoods where HPHA works, Sarah has been impressed by the attitude and the resilience of the families’ she has encountered, “While these families don’t have everything they need in terms of housing, they have a lot in the sense of who they are.”
Characteristically idealistic, Sarah has especially enjoyed working with like-minded people at HPHA; “It is pleasure to work everyday in an organization where people are truly passionate about what they do.” Sarah’s commitment to HPHA´s cause is exemplary, and she credits her faith for helping her remain positive in the face of day-to-day difficulties, “It’s fulfilling when you volunteer because you are making a commitment to others.”
If you are interesting in participating in our International Volunteer Program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. All positions require at least a three-month time commitment and an intermediate level of Spanish.
By Megan Kaseburg