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Builders Beyond Borders trip undermined by prior assumptions

The Builders Beyond Borders club visited four countries during their 2020 trip.

Jake Navarro '20, Staff Writer

March 5, 2020

The Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Nicaragua are all counties known for their white beaches and their light blue bodies of water; however, they are also the four sites that Builders Beyond Borders visited for their annual trip. There is an unsupported assumption that little work is accomplishe...

B3 trip forms lasting relationships through philanthropic community service

B3 teams make lasting friendships through their week long trip, constantly strengthening their relationships with one another on and off the worksites.

Karina Murray ’22, Staff Writer

March 5, 2020

While February break brings a time for exotic vacation, time to spend with the ones you love or time to grow individually as a person, for Builders Beyond Borders (B3) participants, it combines all three. B3 students spent a week in Costa Rica over February break serving and constructing buildings in...

Builders Beyond Borders ventures to Guatemala

Builders Beyond Borders volunteered in Guatemala over February break. They constructed necessary buildings and structures such as schools.

Elliot Kaufman '19, Web Managing Editor

March 1, 2019

Stepping off the plane in Guatemala, the Builders Beyond Borders (B3) student participants were eager to begin their community service trip. Between building schools, active excursions and creating bonds with each other, the B3 groups had a packed week ahead of them. This February break, B3, a non-profit...

Isabelle Amlicke takes on EXTRA extracurriculars

Isabelle Amlicke takes on EXTRA extracurriculars

June 1, 2017

By Hannah Bolandian and Chelsea Fox '19 While many students participate in multiple extracurricular activities to put on their college resumes, Isabelle Amlicke ’19 participates to pursue an array of interests and talents. Amlicke’s favorite activity is Builders Beyond Boarders (B3). She has been parti...

Builders Beyond Borders immerses students in new cultures

Builders Beyond Borders immerses students in new cultures

March 15, 2017

By: Francesca Truitt '17 Over February break, students could be found on various trips; some ventured out west to ski, others traveled south to bask in the heat, and another group of students traveled seven hours to Nicaragua with the organization Builders Beyond Borders. Builders Beyond Borders...

Zika virus–what it is and how it affects service trips

Zika virus--what it is and how it affects service trips

Katherine Lewis, Staff Writer

February 28, 2016

The spread of the Zika virus has garnered more and more attention recently, with various news outlets reporting that the effects of infection can be relatively mild in some cases but of more concern in others.  As spring break nears, and Builders Beyond Borders service trips are scheduled for locatio...

Digging into students’ excitement for Ecuador

Digging into students' excitement for Ecuador

Jane Schutte, Breaking News Managing Editor

February 9, 2016

Builders Beyond Borders is meant to build, share and inspire both friendships and communities. This year the organization is headed off to Ecuador for nine days in February to work in classrooms, build homes and immerse themselves in South American culture.   “I'm really excited to work in a n...

Builders Beyond Borders breaks native hardships

MAKING CONNECTIONS: Members from the group such as Charlotte Rowland ’14 make unbreakable bonds with the children from the Domincan Republic, while building bathrooms for their community. The group plans to continue their work during this February break in Guatemala to help more impoverished communities. 
Photos contributed by Caroline O’Kane ’16

Eliza Goldberg, Staff Writer

March 2, 2015

If one were to look at Builders Beyond Borders (B3) member’s Facebook albums, they would see photos of members smiling as they stand in a home they were building, making funny faces with members of the community, and seemingly posing for hundreds of casual photos. Because of the silly nature of the...

Snow days break up spring break

Snow days break up spring break

Justine Seligson, Staff Writer

March 5, 2014

Westport Public Schools have had six school cancellations this year, which is one day over the allotted five. As a result, April Break could potentially be reduced by a weekend and that first Monday, making the vacation six days long instead of nine. The general response from students toward this a...

Builders Beyond Borders volunteers pitch in at Wakeman Town Farm

Builders Beyond Borders volunteers pitch in at Wakeman Town Farm

Rachel Treisman, Staff Writer

November 4, 2013

On the crisp, sunny afternoon of Oct. 27, Wakeman Town Farm was jam-packed with 200 eager high school volunteers shoveling leaves, clearing paths and digging up rocks. Volunteers from Staples and other nearby schools devoted over three hours of their Sunday to various improvement projects at Wakeman a...

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