In June, 13 Oregon State University (OSU) student-athletes* and two adoptive parents traveled to Ethiopia to build houses for families in Holt’s family preservation program. Last week, the students flew home. Many of them got emotional as they left the village where they had spent the previous six days, constructing homes of mud and straw and bonding with their teammates, the local carpenters and the community. Many of them also say they feel changed by the experience — changed in their outlook on life, their view of developing countries, and for some, maybe even their chosen career paths.
While in Ethiopia, Stephanie McGregor — an OSU gymnast and all around awesome young woman — documented the trip for the NCAA’s “global perspectives” blog. Due to limited internet access, Stephanie could not post her blogs until returning to the U.S. earlier this week. Click here to read her blogs on the NCAA website.
Also watch for the summer Holt magazine, which will feature stories and photos from the trip. Here is a preview:
*The students traveled through the Beavers Without Borders, an organization that gives OSU athletes the opportunity to visit developing countries and help families in need.