​USGE volunteers build school in Nicaragua

USGE President, Stan Stapleton, and USGE Atlantic RVP, Lynette Robinson, as well as other USGE members, friends and family arrived in Nicaragua on May 26th, to begin their 10-day volunteer experience with SchoolBOX!

The group received a huge welcome to the community of El Puma, with cultural dances by the students and speeches by teachers and community leaders to kick off the week. Despite challenging heat, the team spent the weekend digging trenches around the new classrooms, so that a concrete walkway can be laid. Volunteers carried buckets of water by hand into the site, to be used to mix the concrete. Many hands make light work!

After a few days on the job, Stan shared his highlights: 

“The people are warm and friendly. The children are enthusiastic and engaging. I have spoken to a number of them and like children everywhere they have dreams of becoming Doctors, Engineers, Teachers and so much more. SchoolBOX is part of those dreams and in a small way so is USGE and all the volunteers.”

Don’t forget to check back for more updates on their trip and their progress.