Volunteers are split up to do various tasks at the work site, from cutting wire and tying rebar to putting cinder blocks on to create the walls.
Max Kulp '13 and Debbie Wolfe '16 take a break from mixing cement to make concrete and watch as the buckets get passed down the line.
Students take a quick break at the first work site before the next round of concrete is made.
Greta Diem '17 makes sure the wood fixtures are sturdy enough to hold the roof up.
While the other work site was using the cement mixer, students had to manually mix their own concrete.
Dennis Brink '16 tries out the jackhammer to loosen up some of the rock that the volunteers had to dig out.
Shaina Pierce '16 uses the power drill to make the work go by faster.
Students watch, impressed, as the pick-axers dig out the hard rocks manually. The people in the bucket line stretch their bodies as they wait for the buckets of rocks to be passed down.
Anastasia 'Stasia' Konopka '18 takes over the hard job of filling up concrete buckets to be passed down the line.
On International Women's day, one half of the group was able to take a break to show off the muscles they've been working.
The group posed in and on top of the house they built to show how durable their roof is.
On the last day of their time in Tijuana, a very dirty ASB group showed off the dirt they collected over the week.
A group of 38 Arcadia volunteers consisting of undergraduate students, seven recent alumni, and one staff member spent our spring break building houses in Tijuana, Mexico. Working with the non-profit community development organization Fundación Esperanza de Mexico (FEM), we spent over 1300 hours at two separate worksites. Besides working on the two homes, we also interacted with the communities being created by FEM. Part of our cultural immersion included visits to other local non-profits, such as a medical clinic for underserved Tijuana residents and an orphanage for girls. We spent some time at the border as well, observing the impact the border wall (erected after 9/11) is having on Mexicans.
After being on this service trip, I think we are able to better understand how much work goes into forming and building a community, both through the physical labor and the personal relationships. Taking part in Mexican culture and having conversations with the Esperanza family allowed for a very eye-opening experience for me personally.
—Melissa Anderson ’17