Sue Ellen and wheelbarrow

The Habitat home is at the top of a hill, so the volunteers lugged all the building materials to the top.

Sue Ellen Davis has been a longtime volunteer and donor for Habitat for Humanity in Bryan/College Station. But last month she took her support abroad, spending a week building a Habitat home in Guatemala.

Sue Ellen’s daughter, Nancy, had done an international Habitat trip – known as Global Village – five years ago in Paraguay. “She told me I’d want to do it,” Sue Ellen said. So when Kayla Sanders, one of Sue Ellen’s former students, encouraged Sue Ellen to join a Global Village trip that she was leading, Sue Ellen told her, “If you go to Guatemala, I’ll go.”

Sue Ellen has a special interest in Guatemala: her son lives there.  However, the last time she and her family visited the country, her daughter was mugged at gunpoint. Nonetheless, Sue Ellen was determined to go back.

Plus, Sue Ellen is fluent in Spanish.  Formerly a Spanish teacher in Franklin, she now teaches international students at Texas A&M’s English Language Institute and also works at her husband’s law firm, Davis and Davis.

Kayla Sanders, Sue Ellen’s former Spanish student in Franklin, is now on the board of Franklin’s Habitat for