Although we weren’t able to travel due to the pandemic, this combination virtual/local service trip gave students the chance to compare and contrast issues of public health in various Brazilian communities with those that exist here at home. Local opportunities connected us with Lebanon Family Health Services, Lebanon Free Clinic, Habitat for Humanity, Wellspan Health, Mission Central, and more.
Service trips are planned each academic year with most trips fulfilling one Immersive Experience requirement. Trips vary from year to year so that students may have the opportunity to engage in both domestic and international experiences that focus on different areas of service and learning.
March 7-11, 2022
Human Rights Virtual/Local Service Trip in Bolivia and Lebanon County
Students seeking consideration for the Bolivia/Lebanon County virtual/local service trip should submit a completed application to Jen Liedtka, Coordinator of Service and Volunteerism at firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 4, 2022.
LVC students explored the history, causes, and consequences of homelessness, food insecurity, and "forced displacement" in the U.S. through dynamic service-learning at a wide variety of community and non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C. Through hands-on service, discussions, and interactions with speakers, participants compared the strengths and limitations of emergency food and housing programs, federal food and nutrition assistance, and community-based approaches to organizing for change.
Students traveled to Peru for a week of service and cultural immersion. Living in Misminay for most of the trip, the group taught English to children and built and planted a greenhouse in order to establish a sustainable food source for the community. The group also visited Machu Picchu.
Students traveled to Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic to work with Outreach360, an organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities to underserved children in Latin America.
Students participated in a week of environmental restoration as they cleaned up and replanted mangrove forests following Hurricane Maria. They also painted a school and delivered basic care items to local residents.