Sustainable Action!

I participated in and lead two separate trips to Xela for the Highland Support Project, via the University of Virginia’a Alternative Spring Break program, in Spring 2009 and 2011. The most magnetic quality about HSP for me, and what I think to be its biggest asset to potential volunteers and volunteer programs, is its understanding of its role in the global picture, and the subsequent holistic programming and treatment of volunteers it takes on. A long-term view of empowerment and sustainability is fundamental to productive aid, and the multi-faceted, cyclical approach HSP takes in its development strategies enables volunteers to immerse themselves in the entire operation, from stove building, to reforestation, to attending women’s circles, and most importantly, to learning about the community and meeting its people.

Ben Wilkes, University of Virginia Alternative Spring Break

Ben Blevins