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75). The San Antonio School   San Antonio, Belize (February 2008)

One of the most fulfilling experiences of my life was volunteering for a week in the jungles of Belize in February 2008.  Our group of 23 from Portland worked with ProBelize, an organization that's like a privately-run Peace Corps.  We spent our week working in two villages there.  In Succotz, near the Guatemalan border, we helped build a library foundation and in San Antonio, we fixed up an elementary school.  I was deeply humbled by my experience in Belize -- the unbounded kindness of villagers, the oppressive poverty, the incredible beauty and cultural heritage -- and received much more than I gave.