Dr. Dennis and Karen McLaughlin
The McLaughlins have made 5 trips to Guatemala and Nicaragua with DFA. They were invited to join by Dennis Bedard, and among their favourite memories are the comradery and dynamics of the group, and new friendships made as a result of their experiences. Although working under extreme heat and trying conditions can be challenging, this is more than made up for by the level of personal reward that comes from surviving the experience, and by being reminded of how fortunate we are to have the opportunity to help people in need.
The surprise of DFA is that in the end, you feel you receive more than you give. The work is extremely gratifying and the people very grateful, which is why we continue to go back as many times are we are able.