Sunday
Mar032013

India Trip 2013 - additional documents

Under info downloadable content is the details to sign up for the trip and deposit details

Sunday
Mar032013

India Trip summer 2003

Under Info go to downloadable content. The presentation is updated as well as Habitat for Humanity ifnromation on India.

Saturday
Jan262013

India 2013 meeting

There will be a meeting to discuss the summer trip to India on Wednesday 30th January 2013 at Thornburn Hall, Christ Church, Middle Road, warwick at 6.30p.m.  You can find Thorburn Hall behind the church by turning left on Ord Road just after you pass the church heading East, and then the first entrance on left.  See you there

Thursday
Jan102013

India 2013

Please visit info- downloadable content for the presentation of our planned trip to Kerala, India in 2013

Saturday
Aug182012

To Infinity, and Beyond! ...or maybe just to Paraguay (installment 6)

Post Mortem.

We've been home nearly two weeks now and I think everyone has managed to re-acclimate back into our fast(er) paced lives. It upsets me a little to say this, but one of the best things about being home is being able to flush toilet paper down the toilet and brush my teeth with our tap water. It's the simple things really. There's quite a few things we take for granted here and it takes an experience like what we had to realize it.

Being able to go to the grocery store (or any retail establishment for that matter) and not having to figure out the exchange rate, 4253 Guarani to $1... or whatever it was. Good plumbing, potable water, reliable hot showers, (relatively in relation to where we were) well paved streets, having the right of way as a pedestrian, soft beds, a greater choice of less carb-laden foods, and perhaps even not having to dig an Olympic sized swimming pool with a pick axe... although, I'm pretty sure my muscles have atrophied already. Shame that...

I could talk about all the things I'm thankful for all day but the trips aren't really about that for me. Sure, all 39 of us are more culturally aware human beings, and we like to keep it that way. I don't ever want to forget how privileged (not lucky) I am to live the way I do and where I do... but I think the missions are more than that. I've probably said this before, if not here then in person to plenty of people. I have a mom and a dad, and from this trip alone 37 new brothers and sisters (my brother was on the trip with me, in case you're trying to compute that math). You go away perhaps being an only child, perhaps not, and come back with an entirely new sense of the word "family".

Time and time again we've been asked why we don't just send the money. Quite frankly, the question irritates me to no end and I just want to yell "BECAUSE I JUST DON'T FEEL LIKE IT!" But the answer is far more complex than that. I can tell you for a fact unless you watch them spend the money for yourself, you don't know where the money is going. Beyond that, maybe in doing this thing we do we are a little selfish - if you can call wanting a life-changing experience selfish.

All I know is, I talk about these trips all the time. Probably averages out to at least once a day. I'm pretty sure somewhere along the lines I've donated to other worthy causes.... but if I'm being honest (and let's face it, have I been anything but honest during this whole process?) I don't remember how much I donated or even who I've donated to. That's not really cause for conversation, is it? I'm not saying we all spent our time and money going to these places for a conversation starter... but I am saying it just happens to be a side-effect. I've got a little bit of Foot In Mouth Disease when it comes to BOM. I may or may not end up telling everyone I meet about it.

It boils down to this: inadequate housing is one of the many problems we, as world citizens, face daily on this earth. It is also one of the problems which has a concrete solution (heh, no pun intended). Go out; build homes. And don't be surprised if you learn things about yourself, if you test your limits, if your family is suddenly four times the size of the Brady Bunch in a matter of 2 weeks, if your new addiction is building houses and if you find yourself self-diagnosed with Foot In Mouth Disease too.

Alex, Amelia, Atreyu, Avery, Barb, Berlene, Catriona, Courtney C, Courtney F, David C, David T, Elena, Erica, Holly, Isabel, Jacqui, Jared, Keiran, Khalid, Kyle, Leah, Lesley B, Lesley M, Lindsay, Magic, Matt T, Matt W, Melanie, Parvez, Percy, Roy, Ryan, Sarah, Sheila, Susanna, Tadhg, Tara and Vernon, thanks for yet another amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience, I can't wait for the reunion. ¡Hasta luego!