A group of Lauralton Hall students experienced an adventure of a lifetime on a recent service trip to Guatemala.

The students spent eight days working side-by-side with villagers in Cacabal II, building a three-classroom school.

They also learned about geography, economics, social justice and about the Mayan civilization. The trip was made possible by School the World, a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring the gift of education to the children of the developing world.

Students were accompanied by Kate Curran, founder of School of the World and a Lauralton alumna, along with Spanish teachers Pat Doerr and Bertha Maiese.

“The trip was incredible,” said Pat Doerr. “I am so proud of these young women. They painted concrete, milked cows, made tortillas and taught the children in the school.”

Diamante McKay, a member of the Class of 2015, said the trip had a great influence on her.

“My greatest surprise was that I came here wanting to change lives and mine was changed instead,” shes said. “I was so impressed with all of the people we met. They were very poor, with few material possessions, but they were very rich in spirit."

Regina Magi, Class of 2013, learned not to take anything for granted.

“I am even going to enjoy the paint on my school," she said.

Jillian Shugrue, Class of 2015, agreed.

“At home I sometimes complain about going to school, yet the girls in Guatemala think it's the best thing ever, especially as I go to an all-girls' school,” she said.