“Habitat for Humanities is a fantastic volunteer experience for the Bullis students” Ms. Finigan commented. She then went on to explain, “There are several different trips to many parts of the country. And every site has a different job. For example, I am going to Pittsburg and in Pittsburg, ten of my students will be working on a new housing site. And the other half, we will be doing more restoration work, renovation at another site. So, it really depends on the site. It could be building a new house. It could be refurnishing someone’s kitchen or maybe even painting a shed and gardening.”
Based on the type of trip and activity they are interested in, students actually are allowed to choose which trip they are would like to go on. On November 8th last year, the trips were introduced during Senior Class meeting. And on the following day, students received a link to a survey via e-mail. They were asked to complete the survey and identify their top three trip choices. Later, students got an e-mail that notified them their assigned trip.
This year, there are nine different groups going to nine different locations with three proctors shepherding each group. Teachers are mainly selected from those who teach senior classes or who do not have a full-time teaching load. The school has to look very carefully at the number of classes need to be filled during teachers’ absences.
The trips are a requirement for graduation because Bullis core values require seniors to give back to others before they graduate.
Most trips run Monday through Friday. And some trips might start a day early if students are taking a flight. After seniors return to school, there is a senior supper and mandatory graduation rehearsal before they could leave for their summer vacation.