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    Synopsis of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) trip, Guatemala May 18 to May 29, 2012
    (2012-04-01) Weight, Willis
    This was a historic trip because it was the first implementation trip in Guatemala. There had been approximately four assessment trips prior to this and in March 2012 the EWB TAC committee approval was given to construct three shear walls to strengthen the east wall of the library. The plan was to have the foundations prepared beforehand so we could assist with wall building and tie the wall to the second floor of the library. When we arrived two very large excavations were completed with no concrete poured. It made sense to construct the two walls and abandon the idea of excavating a third hole, although the tile and concrete floor were disturbed to do so. Six thousand dollars had been sent previously and spent to obtain materials and an additional $2500 was to arrive by the Monday of our work week. In the end we could see the wisdom of Denver EWB’s Peter Waugh’s comment to figure out what you could do in one trip and then “cut it in half”. The trip was a success on almost all fronts and important lessons were learned.
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    Synopsis of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) trip, Guatemala December 15 to December 24, 2013
    (2013-01-01) Weight, Willis
    About 5:30 am nine of us met at the Helena Regional Airport to depart for our second EBW retro-fit structural wall project. I picked up three of the students at the parking lot of St. Charles at Carroll College. We were supposed to depart on Friday December 13th however; our flight was canceled by United Airlines the day before at 4 PM for mechanical reasons. Dr. John Scharf and I spent 2 ½ hours on the phone on Thursday and were able to arrange the departure on Sunday December 15th, which would give us enough time to complete the project without changing our return date of December 23rd. Assembled was Michael Brennan (Helena) – Professional Mentor from Morrison-Maierle, Jonathon Kujawa (California) – Student project leader, Steven Cornish (Helena) – Safety Officer, Brilee Madison (Washington), Dillon Armstrong (Seattle), Jacob Johnson (Kalispell), Kegan Cunniff (Choteau), Patrick Majerus (Valier). One additional student MaKenzie Johnson (Lambert, MT) departed from Billings MT. In the reorganization of flight schedules not all of us arrived in Houston Texas at the same time. MaKenzie arrived first about 3:30 PM, while Dillon and Jonathon arrived last about 7 PM, having the longest layover in Denver Co. The rest of us arrived in Houston via Denver to Dallas-Ft. Worth arriving about 5:30 PM. Once in Denver we stayed the night, having received vouchers from United, from the flight cancellation for hotel and two meals. It had already been a long day so having a meal together at the Hyatt and heading to bed was a good plan.
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    Synopsis of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) trip, Guatemala January 1 to January 8, 2017
    (2017-04-01) Weight, Willis
    The Carroll Guatemala Engineers Without Borders (EWB) team assembled at a variety of locations from around the USA before travelling together as a group into Guatemala City from Atlanta on a 7:00 PM flight on Sunday night. Only one of the team traveled all the way there solo (Jared Weight), who flew from Salt Lake City to Houston, later arriving in Guatemala City about an hour and a half before the rest of us. Seven of us departed about 6:30 am from the Helena airport (Michael Brennan, professional mentor from Morrison-Maierle, Trey Scofield – project leader, his Dad Vince Scofield (who successfully bid on an EWB trip and elected to go with his son) and the following students: Will French, Amanda Harrod, and Maggie Panasuk – health and safety officer). Carroll’s own Michelle Lewis and her husband were at the airport on a trip of their own and wished us well. Trish McNicoll came in from LA, Morgan Shimkis came in from Seattle, Inderbir “Indy” Bains came in from Spokane, and Callie Morris came in from Baltimore.
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    Synopsis of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) trip, Guatemala January 5 to January 12, 2019
    (2019-04-01) Weight, Willis
    The Carroll Guatemala Engineers Without Borders (EWB) team assembled at a variety of locations from around the western USA before traveling together as a group into Guatemala City from a flight from Los Angeles. The flight from Los Angeles on Saturday morning departed about 11:00 AM local time. Two of us departed about 6:00 am from the Missoula airport (Willis Weight and Kennedy Bahm) and the following students: Ian Kirby, Josiah Groux, Amelia Schuver, Ericka Seehafer, Mary Van Dyke (health and safety officer), and Amber Pickering (project leader) came in from Portland, Seattle, and SLC). Professional mentor Ryan Pickering came in from Sacramento, and Willis’s daughter Juliet came in from SLC as well. Juliet speaks Spanish fluently, which was helpful to have another fluent communicator.
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    Synopsis of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) trip, Guatemala January 10 to January 18, 2015
    (2015-04-01) Weight, Willis
    The Carroll Guatemala Engineers Without Borders (EWB) team gathered in Houston Texas before traveling together to Guatemala City on a 7:15 PM flight on Saturday night. Amy Mohr came in from Pittsburg, PA, I came in from San Diego, Killian Cunniff came in from Ecuador (dentists without borders trip) and seven others from Helena (Michael Brennan professional mentor from Morrison-Maierle, Jacob Johnson – project leader, and the following students: Sam Davis, Patrick Majerus, Steven Cornish – health and safety officer, Brittany Crawford, and Caitlin Walter. We arrived in Guatemala City just after 10 pm and went through the experience of customs, then find your luggage, find out if it gets to be inspected, and then turn in the second half of the customs sheet. We opened the doors to the street to face the cry of taxi drivers and others with signs. I saw the familiar face of Sheila McShane director of the Clinica Maxen in Santo Tomas. She, her driver Ciruilo, and Lucita from the Novo Hostal (business manager of the place we were staying that evening) brought all ten of us and our stuff to the Hostal. Very nice accommodations. Some of the students tried to get me to order pizza after midnight but no one answered the phone and I told them it probably wasn’t safe for the delivery person so went to bed.