This community service project was begun by the Austin RPCVs after
Hurricane Gilbert 16 or 17 years ago and has continued every Thanksgiving
Weekend and most spring breaks since then.
volunteers work in a small border town about 35 miles southeast of McAllen,
Texas. The work mostly involves to Hearts and Hammers/Habitat
for Humanity type work -- or computer skills. Spanish skills are
not required but obviously helpful. You'll stay an inexpensive Mexican
"pension" in a nearly PC-like accommodations.
(The project is now technically a separate non-profit 501(c)(3)
charity that has several RPCVs on its Board; many
of volunteers in recent years are non-RPCVs.)
a change this year: The Amigos de las Escuelas will be
collecting $40 per person by the Tuesday 23rd cutoff (when there will be
a planning meeting in Austin). The $40 cost will be
for the following:
An "Amigos de las Escuelas"
Two lunches in Rio Bravo during the 2 work days, plus the final dinner on the
night in Mexico to celebrate
a job well
Cost for disposable building materials (such as paint brushes)
My wife and I have found it to be one of our best Thanksgiving Days
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