In 2011, a small team from WPI’s Plaster Division were hired as consultants for the construction of the 2011 Pan-African Games athlete housing units in Maputo, Mozambique. The team’s services were utilized not as laborers, but as mentors teaching the local untrained nationals proper lath and plaster construction methods. The five member team spent time conducting hands-on training and consulting over a 20 week period.  In the end, the project resulted in 27 brand new multi-story housing units with millions of square feet of finished plaster. WPI’s experienced team was not only able to take part in a  international cooperative construction experience, but were able to leave behind approximately 125 years of combined experience with a newly trained workforce.