Synopsis of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) trip, Guatemala December 15 to December 24, 2013
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.