Spring break is the week most college students trade in their textbooks for beachwear. But Emily Fiore, a senior at the University at Buffalo majoring in anthropology and biology, passed on the swimsuit and opted for a trowel instead.
Along with 11 other UB students, Fiore traveled to the mountains of Honduras and without a single power tool, built showers, water storage units, bathrooms, eco-stoves and cement floors for a small community.
Not your typical spring break.
The group traveled to Honduras as members of UB’s first Global Brigades Public Health Chapter. The Global Brigades is the world’s largest student-led worldwide health and sustainable development organization, and has sent thousands of college students to volunteer in nations such as Nicaragua, Panama and Ghana.