A group of 11 University of Rhode Island (URI) students participated in the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge during their spring break. The trip, organized by URI’s Alternative Spring Break program, aims to give back to the community. The group helped build a home for a family of five in Taos, New Mexico. The students assisted in various tasks such as mixing and pouring concrete, sanded drywall, and learned how to make adobe. The trip also provided opportunities to learn about the local culture and meet new people. The students reflected on their experiences and wrote notes to each other at the end of each day. Teamwork, patience, and organization were also essential to the trip. This program was created in 2009 and is run by the student-led URI Service Corps.