I first heard about an amazing non-profit organization called Habitat for Humanity when I was a member of REIN (Real Estate Investment Network of Canada). REIN supported Habitat in many ways including monetary donations as well as teams of volunteers for home builds across rural Alberta. I was fascinated by what Habitat had accomplished and what they stand for.

I promised myself that someday, I would be there building a home with them somewhere in the world.

That someday was May 15th, 2015 when I applied for a volunteer position for Habitat for Humanity Zambia with a slight push from my friends. The trip sounded very exciting as I’ve never been to central Africa. However, after applying, I realized that I needed to renew my passport and that I didn’t have enough time to apply for my visitor’s visa.
So it was back to the drawing board… A day later, I applied for another interesting home build with Habitat for Humanity Honduras. Again, I have never traveled through Honduras, and within minutes of submitting my application, I spoke to the team leader and felt at ease with everything about the trip. And as the saying goes, everything else is now history.

Some of my experiences will be published on GIVEGROWGO including quotes, special experiences and life lessons that I learned during this trip. I wrote this in my journal on the last day:

I will never forget the family that we helped nor the new friends and lifelong relationships that I made. These authentic connections were based on real things like personal values, travel, children and the love for simplicity, authenticity and philanthropy. It was just amazing. I hate goodbyes. I’m sad to leave. I’m leaving a part of my heart in Honduras.


The experience was life-supporting and very rewarding, so much so that I’ve now booked my 2nd build with Habitat for Humanity. I’ll be leaving for San Salvador, El Salvador the 2nd week of August.

And to make sure that the GIVEGROWGO movement builds momentum, I’m also applying for Habitat for Humanity Malawi that leaves late October 2015. Plus, I’ve already committed to another Honduras build in May 2016.
Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

I love this organization and would highly recommend it to anyone who is passionate about philanthropy, volunteering, travel, children and life purpose. Watch out for stories and life lessons from my Habitat for Humanity trips on GIVEGROWGO.