Shannon Gates

Civil Engineering


What has been your most rewarding experience abroad so far?

The most rewarding experience when traveling abroad was the gratitude expressed by the family receiving the home that was built. It was a moment in my life I will never forget.

What has been your favorite part about your host culture?

My favorite part about my host culture was the vibrant colors that were expressed all around the city. Most homes were painted very bright colors and it was nice to see such beauty in such a poverty stricken area.

What was your favorite part of the Habitat build?

My favorite part about the build was seeing the final product after a week of tough work.

What was the most challenging part of your trip?

The most challenging part of the trip was not being able to pet the stray dogs.

What is your best advice for students who participate in this project in the future?

My advice for future students is: DO IT. Do it now while you’re young and have the time.

Anything else you would like to tell us?

Habitat for Humanity is an amazing organization that I will continue to be a part of here in the United States.