Anne-Laure A. (Belgium), May G. and Domitille D. (France) spent some weeks helping us built the ICCC. What did this time in Woodbourne mean in their lives? Read on to find out:
“We would like to share with you our unforgettable experience at the beautiful ICCC of Heart’s Home. We spent 5 weeks building the ICCC’s conference center which is needed to welcome larger groups at the many events that are held here. It is among the first realizations of an ambitious construction project spread across this 120 acre plot of land. The conference center with its wooden structure is environmentally friendly, alike most other buildings at the ICCC. Our tasks included installing the insulation, fixing plasterboards, setting wood planks, concrete blocks and construction joints, sanding, and piercing the chimney roof.
It was for us the ideal opportunity to experience manual labor over an extended period of time. This physical exercise was thorough and demanding, in a world where clicking away while sitting still behind a desk is very often the only activity required to complete tasks. A construction site is a school of patience and perseverance that enabled us to re-learn to appreciate the value of things built by the sweat of our brow. What a satisfaction and relief it was to see the end of a wall section or a window frame after spending hours on it.
But this was not just any internship on a construction site. An internship at Heart’s Home is a field experience within a meaningful humanitarian and spiritual organization. We worked daily with the members of this religious community. We were very touched by the trust they placed in us, and this from the very beginning, even before we knew the mysteries of plasterboards and screw guns. These signs of trust guided us towards humility, caution in learning but also to an assurance that slowly built over the days. We were also completely part of the community’s life, which meant daily mass and offices. This very favorable environment favored many fun moments, beautiful encounters and new friendships.
It is an unforgettable experience in an unforgettable setting that we deeply recommend to future newcomers: now roll up your sleeves, there will be work for everyone!”