“As I prepared for Mexico, I didn't really know what to expect,” Vawdrey said. “I had never actually applied engineering principles into the real world. Prior to my involvement with EWB, all my experience was nothing more than homework problems on paper.”
Jamie Vawdrey, USU EWB member, tells us a little bit about herself and things she recalls about preparing and going on the Mexico service trip.
She is from Highland, Utah. She came to USU because she liked the environment, and everyone she talked to absolutely loved Logan. She got involved with EWB because ultimately, she wanted to work with people who designed systems to benefit developing nations.
She said in order to prepare for the trip, attending team meetings really helped. She said they had excellent team members that really helped to prepare everyone for the upcoming adventure.
“The Mexico experience was amazing! The community that we worked with treated us very nicely, and it was great to get to know them individually,” Vawdrey said. “My favorite memory was when we played frisbee with all the kids in the community. We had brought quite a few frisbees, and on one of our last days, we all played together. We all laughed and played together, and it was definitely a fond memory that I have from Mexico.”
“Coming home, I felt exhausted. The trip to Mexico was not like a vacation; it was a lot of hard work. We worked all day every day in the hot sun. I wish we could have spent more time in Mexico, but we were also very tired,” said Vawdrey.
In August 2015 Jamie and her experience was featured in the Utah Statesman. You can find that story here: https://www.usu.edu/studentmedia/index.php/2015/08/28/bottoms-up-engineers-without-borders-provides-clean-water-to-la-salitrera/
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