CHARLESTON, S.C. (COFC) - Far from lolling on a beach during spring break, 80 College of Charleston students will leave March 2, 2013 to put their hands and minds to work addressing important humanitarian and educational issues in two states and five countries.
The College's Assistant Director of Civic Engagement Maggie Szeman says, "The majority of our students don't want an education limited to the lecture hall. They want to be agents of positive social change. Through their service in communities both domestic and abroad, students are able to apply the theories of the classroom and experience the reciprocity of service first-hand through transformative immersion trips."
In Biloxi, Miss., 10 students will embed themselves in the community and host conversations on the causes and effects of poverty. Working with Twelve Baskets Food Bank and the local homeless shelter, students will provide service and gain hands-on experience.
Sustainability is the focus of nine students while they spend a week in Asheville, N.C. where they will live the interconnectedness of the environment through river clean ups, organic gardening and studying climate change's effects on the mountains.
Orphan children in Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic learn English as a second language when 10 students volunteer with Outreach 360. Students will engage with children and experience life and culture in the community.
Ten students will spend their spring break in Antigua, Guatemala where they will to teach important health concepts to people in the community and learn about the history of the country by experiencing historic, archeological sites.
Seven students from the College's Honors Program in Business Administration will use their education to develop new initiatives in Tegucigalpa, Honduras in partnership with a Charleston based non profit, LAMB, that implements a variety of programs in Honduras. LAMB was founded by College of Charleston alumna Suzy McCall '79, an English major.
In Cartago, Costa Rica, twenty-six students will volunteer side-by-side with local residents. From working with daycares, or healthcare workers, or assisting in a nursing home or teaching English, College students can return to their studies knowing that they have completed essential work.
Students participating in the Bonner Leaders four-year civic leadership and development program will be working in San Juan, Puerto Rico to address youth education and the environment.
Students will also be volunteering during May 2013 for projects in Zakynthos, Greece and La Push, Washington are planned.