Author Archives: Ely Ryan

Volunteering Abroad: West Africa

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In the summer of 2015 I had the unique opportunity to take my skilled trade abroad to West Africa.  A nongovernmental organization (NGO) called the Himalayan Institute (HI) was looking for a plumber to help train local staff and perform repairs on their 10,000 square foot building.  They were gearing up to host a guided […]

Tradespeople: The Roots of Civilization

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There’s no doubt about it, qualified, skilled tradespeople are a hot commodity these days.  Can you find an aspect of civilization that doesn’t depend upon them?  There’s not one career out there that doesn’t depend on the foundation skilled tradespeople have built.  Tradespeople provide the framework many professionals, including doctors, psychologists and IT professionals, need to do their jobs.  Tradespeople are the […]

Rebranding the Trades: Fruitful Pursuit

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The beauty of the trades is that it opens the door for you to pursue other interests.  Whether you ride the half pipe on four wheels or launch off it on powder, the trades give you wings—wings that will take you farther than Redbull. I’m talking about freedom, the kind of freedom riding a Harley strapped […]