This virtual service-learning trip allowed students to connect remotely with Bolivian non-profit organizations that provide teaching on human rights, education, and health. Many of the organizations focus on work with youth with disabilities, children’s issues, education, and conservation, among other human rights issues. Students then connected with local non-profit organizations to explore these topics as they exist here at home. They also participated in a variety of hands-on service projects related to these topics.
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.
2024 Trip Details
In Belfast, LVC students served in youth centers that have existed for many years to help meet the needs of young people and keep them safe. Team members also heard from powerful speakers representing different political and religious backgrounds who shared their unique experiences from the period of The Troubles. With 2023 marking the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, LVC students also had the chance to join local youth in painting a new mural on one of the Peace Wall gates.
The Navajo Nation
LVC students and staff traveled to Tuba City, AZ, to learn about Navajo life and culture and to work on a community-led service project. Service included helping with building improvements, assisting with community events and clean-up projects, and other initiatives with a manual labor component. Students also explored the natural beauty of the area on group hikes.
Human Rights Virtual/Local: Bolivia and Lebanon County
Brazil and Lebanon County
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.
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.
January & March 2019
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.