Miles Steinhauser and Haley Kastler didn’t want just any ordinary honeymoon. So after getting married this June, they headed to Guatemala to volunteer for six weeks. The pair says they both have a heart for service, and a honeymoon at a resort was just not for them. Says Haley, “We wanted to give back to others in any way that we could and we hoped to have our eyes opened, but there is no way we could have anticipated how our decision to volunteer would affect us as individuals and as a young couple.”
Myles says he will never forget the time he spent getting to know the Guatemalan men he worked with on construction at Common Hope. Even with limited Spanish, he managed to communicate with them and learn about their lifestyles and daily struggles. From them, he gained a new appreciation for the opportunities there are to work and hold jobs in the U.S. Many of the men he spoke with struggled to find work and were so thankful for any employment opportunity.
Haley says that they learned so many things during their six weeks in Guatemala. “Our experience has become part of who we are and how we live out our lives,” she says. “Upon our return, we were overwhelmed with thankfulness for the things we took for granted,” says Haley, “[and] we learned that happiness and joy are not the result of earthly possessions.”
When asked how they chose Common Hope, Haley says that they did some research on various volunteer opportunities in Guatemala and read through every bit of information on the Common Hope website. “We knew it was for us,” says Haley. “The work and values of Common Hope matched our own values and beliefs.”
Many thanks to Miles and Haley for your generosity, and for sharing your story with us!