International Service Devils: Guatemala 2018
This year in Antigua, Guatemala, we will be working at the same school as we visited in 2014. We are going to be working on building onto our past project of creating a retaining wall to make a safe space for students to play in. We also will be working on sustainable classroom improvements to ensure that students are learning in a healthy environment. By making school a place that kids want to be, we are creating a lasting impact on the community.
We are Arizona State University students striving to build global relationships through service in underprivileged communities around the world. We want to enable students to transform society and the quality of life in both our communities that we live in and those we visit outside the United States. Through cultural immersion and a willingness to lend a helping hand, we believe our members gain lifetime experiences to grow in both their academic and personal development.
We have grown a lot since being founded in 2012. In 2013 we sent our first group of volunteers to Costa Rica where they built retaining walls out of eco-bricks to save rural roads from being washed away by flood waters during monsoon season. Since then we have not only returned to Costa Rica, but have sent ASU volunteers to Guatemala, India, Vietnam, and Thailand. In Guatemala, we worked at a local elementary school laying a concrete foundation for a future playground and repainting the entire school. In India, ISD members worked at a rural elementary school implementing teaching techniques to improve the way math and English are taught. We established a program in Vietnam where we aided in an HIV orphanage as well as built a soccer field at a Buddhist Pagoda. Last year in Thailand we worked on school improvements to ensure a special needs school received funding for future years.