Colombia Trip Builds Lasting Relationships

Teton Habitat Global Village 2018 trip to Colombia changes lives and builds lasting relationships with our global partner Habitat para a la Humanidad Colombia.

In April a team of volunteers from Teton Habitat laid the foundation for one new home and prepared the ground for a second in Filandia, Colombia. It was the beginning of a 5-year partnership between Habitat para la Humanidad Colombia and Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area.

Under the guidance of professional maestros, our volunteers worked alongside Habitat Colombia partner families leveling ground, digging trenches, mixing concrete, and fabricating the steel structures that would give strength and stability to the new homes. But the real adventure was forming heartfelt bonds with the community, learning from Colombians’ experiences, and absorbing the culture of a country striving for peace.

“It was a great experience, I highly recommend others to try it at least once!” exclaims ReStore Manager, Kevin Spence.

In addition to 5 days of building, the team met staff from the mayor’s office who shared there their vision of Filandia’s future as an agri-tourism/eco-tourism destination. They met naturalists who taught them about Colombia’s unique ecosystems and their role in the country’s history. They met a coffee grower who showed them how coffee is farmed in Quindio and explained its importance in the local economy.

Team members were moved by the welcome that greeted them and encouraged by the hope and optimism that was expressed by the people of Filandia. Having established a firm foundation of mutual gratitude and respect, Jacksonites and Filandians alike are excited to watch this partnership develop.

Are you interested in going on a Global Village trip with Teton Habitat? Get on our list email volunteer@tetonhabitat.org 

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