MBA Students Build Houses in Peru

August 14, 2013

As part of their Global Experience in Lima in July, Georgetown McDonough MBA Evening Program students participated in building and painting houses at a community in the San Juan de Miraflores district. In partnership with TECHO (Un Techo para mi País), the students spent the day sanding, priming, and painting houses in bright colors picked by the beneficiary families.

TECHO is a non-profit organization that brings together youth volunteers and families living in extreme poverty, to improve the families’ lives. The Georgetown MBA volunteers and the families worked side by side to build new homes.

“The experience was definitely an eye opener,” said Pedram Farsaii (EP’14). “We were taken to one of the poorest places in Lima, and although we were told that the poverty issues within Peru are improving, many of the people we met live off the bare minimum.”

The students and families also shared stories and experiences with each other during lunch.

“The families we helped appreciated our efforts and even cooked food for us,” added Pedram. “It was a humbling experience, and I've come to appreciate a bit more even the smallest pleasures in life. Bringing smiles to their faces was rewarding in and of itself.”

“Overall this was my favorite day of the residency,” shared Alaina Appleman (EP’14). “It was fun, opened my eyes to experience how others live, and connected me with new people. I also bonded with classmates through good old competitive painting. It inspired a new outlook to incorporate real corporate social responsibility practices into my future business endeavors. My biggest surprise was that just a small amount of my time and effort in an aesthetic endeavor made a significant difference to this wonderful family.”

-- Joan Lim