LAHS Graduates Volunteering in Ecuador

Kimberly Boerigter and Rebecca Martineau are heading to Ecuador to volunteer. Courtesy photo

Staff Report:

Good friends Kimberly Boerigter and Rebecca Martineau graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2010. Boerigter attended Hope College and Martineau went to Kansas State. Their families still live in Los Alamos. 

“We both graduated from college this year and wanted to take a trip together before really getting into the whole real world scene,” Boerigter told the Los Alamos Daily Post. “After tons of researching, we decided to use the program International Volunteer Headquarters to go to Ecuador for five weeks. While we are there, we will be working  with street children to set up a day care; basically just showing them a little extra attention and love that they wouldn’t otherwise get.”

She explained that International Volunteer Headquarters suggested they contact local news outlets to let them know what they were doing and demonstrate that anyone can participate in abroad volunteer opportunities if they only have the drive and passion for it.  

“Many people see programs like this as extremely expensive when in reality organizations like the one we chose try to keep the costs as low as possible so that people with this passion don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for it,” Boerigter said. “I know I personally was drawn to this organization because we are only volunteering Monday through Thursday of every week and then Friday through Sunday is set aside for us to travel and really absorb the culture of Ecuador. After being in India for five weeks last year, I understand how volunteering without appreciating the beauty of the location and the customs that surround you can be just as damaging as not volunteering at all. If that makes sense.”  

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