I wrote a reflection when I got back and I figured as my last post to this blog, I'd post my reflection. Hope you enjoy :)! -Courtney
When thinking about the two weeks I spent in Honduras, I can not help but think how
much it changed me. It was the most intense and challenging two weeks I have ever experienced,
but I would not change a minute of it. I was fully immersed in the Honduran culture and
experienced life the way many of them do everyday. Solidarity is something that I feel I
experienced in its entirety. From bucket showers to sleeping on thin mattresses on the floor, I
learned a great deal about what poverty in a third world country means.
Not only did I experience solidarity with my living arrangements, but also through
working with the local teenagers in helping build two basic houses. They had a type of joy for
life that I could not help but admire. It gave me a new viewpoint on what my attitude should be.
They were so happy and content with such a simple and basic lifestyle, it really put my
complaints in perspective. The simplicity of life in Honduras continued to amaze me everyday. It
humbled me and reminded me how much materialistic things really do not matter. Their
personalities were something that rubbed off on me and I am so thankful for that. The friendships
they offered me are so beautiful and I will carry a little piece of each of them with me
everywhere. I also enjoyed getting to know the other girls on my team that came from Northern
Arizona University. I could not be more thankful for the group I ventured with for those two
weeks. Through this experience I made new friendships and got to see many different strong
personality traits displayed that in the end made me a stronger person and made the whole
experience even better!
In addition, I got to learn plenty about basic construction work and how difficult physical
labor can really be. It gave me a new appreciation for construction jobs; I never knew how much
work it really was! I am also very pleased and grateful that I got to learn how to make cement
and lay bricks. The work we did felt a bit tedious at times, but after seeing the progress we made
each day and seeing the families we were building for, it all became worth it. One of the families
we built a house for will continue to be on my mind every day because the conditions this single
mother endured has inspired me to find just in working conditions. This woman works whenever
she can and when she does she takes her kids with her and will work in the fields all day for a
payment of only four U.S. dollars. I am determined to learn more about how I can change
working conditions for people like her.
I also enjoyed experiencing church in Honduras. Their love for Christ was so prevalent
and passionate. With all their struggles, I admire all the love they continue to show day in and
day out. On the first day we were there we went to a park in the capital, Tegucigalpa, called El
Picacho City Park and saw how even after Hurricane Mitch they still showed their love for God
by building a statue for him. I admire their faith and strength and it made me evaluate my own
spirituality and gave me a new sense of strength in my religious beliefs and values.
It was also interesting to me to be able to learn about their government and all about the
military coup. I got to see poverty and then learn why it exists. It saddened me to find out how
much the United States government actually impacts not only Honduras, but Central America in
general. I learned a lot about simply keeping myself educated about what is going on around the
world. This trip is something that will continue to impact me for the rest of my life. It has
impacted what companies I will choose to support with my business and which ones I will not.
Experiencing Honduras has opened my eyes and has forced me to change the way I look
at the world. It is no longer an option for me to live a life of being naïve. I alone may not change
the world but it is the little actions I make that will eventually make the bigger change.