I was so impressed with the volunteers’ ability to endure the climate and living conditions with genuine happiness and enthusiasm knowing that they were making a difference in the lives of the people of La Concepcion.

Not being on an expedition of this nature before, I was also amazed at how involved the locals were as they worked right alongside us, and the sincere gratitude and appreciation they had for our efforts. The environment was more like helping distant relatives than a community that you didn’t know anyone in, or even speak the same language. It was a great illustration of how, fundamentally, we are all brothers and sisters and when we lock arms together and contribute to helping improve the lives of others the entire world can become our extended family. Ubuntu.