Stonehill H.O.P.E. Returns to Hogar

March 30, 2012 in Involúcrese, Programs

During the second week of March, twenty-four volunteers from Stonehill College  in Easton, MA visited the Hogar del Niño. The university students, who participated in a program known as H.O.P.E. Alternative Spring Break, spent the week doing volunteer service—-painting classrooms, teaching english, working in the preschool areas and the infant room, as well as leading arts and crafts projects in the Zona Verde extracurricular building.

H.O.P.E. is an acronym which stands for: Honoring our neighbor, Organizing for justice, Practicing peace, and Encountering God.

This group has been visiting our institution every March since 2007. This trip was another successful year for all involved in our volunteer program. The students and volunteers, as always, shared many unforgettable moments and cultivated many friendships.

Alicia Talty, a volunteer who returned for her second trip to the Hogar, was happy to be back: “It’s amazing to see how much progress and improvements can be done within one year. Being at the Hogar is such an uplifting experience – it’s impossible not to be happy, smile, or laugh because it’s contagious throughout the school.”

First time volunteer Ryan Rafferty was also very moved by what he saw at Hogar: “My hope trip experience was truly world changing for me. Being an education major, I always believed that a school was solely a place for learning. But from this experience I learned that a school can provide so much more than just educational opportunities. In the Hogar, the students receive security, medical attention, food, and a real sense of family.”

 

The cultural exchange that emerges from having volunteers here is always enriching and fulfilling for both students and volunteers.  Volunteer service trips such as H.O.P.E. are inspiring for those who come to work here. But we also know beyond a doubt that every volunteer who passes through the Hogar, for whoever long or short a time, leaves a footprint here and is forever part of our family.

 

 Thank you Stonehill Hope, and all of our volunteers!