They traveled by bus over narrow cobblestone roads high in the mountains of Central America and played soccer with school children on a field with a sun-splashed volcano as a backdrop.
Then, at the completion of their nine-day stay, shared a tearful goodbye with their host families.
For Lexington resident Harris Rollinger and his fellow student-athletics at Clark University, Liz Gomes of Arlington, Sudbury’s Spencer Brightman and Dennis O’Brien of Medfield, their visit to the small town of Loma Linda, Guatemala earlier this month was a life-changing experience.
Their stay was primarily financed and sponsored by the Worcester-based Seven Hills Global Outreach, an organization that supports humanitarian efforts in developing nations, and the university’s Clark Athletic Service Trip. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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