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.
January 7–13, 2023: The Navajo Nation
In Tuba City, AZ, participants will have the opportunity to learn about Navajo life and culture, work on a community-led service project, and explore the natural beauty of the area.
March 4–11, 2023: Northern Ireland
In Belfast, this program will engage participants in a hands-on examination of the history of the Troubles and modern efforts of peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland via service and learning with youth centers.
Partnering with Amizade, a Global Service-Learning Group with over 27 years of experience, 12-15 LVC students/staff members will participate in a service trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland.
- Depart from LVC: Saturday, March 4, 2023
- Return to LVC: Saturday, March 11, 2023
General Program Overview from Amizade
This 7-day service-learning experience will focus on issues related to peace, reconciliation, and youth work in Belfast. The trip will provide participants with a first-hand look at the history of the Troubles as they meet with ex-combatants, politicians, and youth workers with experience in both the conflict and peace processes. The hands-on service component of the trip will involve working with YouthWorks, an organization that provides young people the opportunity to “grow up, develop social and life skills in a safe and secure environment, take on responsibility and make decisions on their own lifestyles based on sound information and support.” The need for strong youth centers emerged during the Troubles, and these organizations continue to play a vital role in helping youth from low-income neighborhoods develop lives of choice. Jen Liedtka, Service and Volunteerism Coordinator, will serve as the LVC staff leader of the trip
Participants will likely stay at the Premier Inn Belfast City Centre, or a similar modest hotel, and will share a double room.
- Fri., Sept. 23: Online application due
- Fri., Sept. 30: Participant selections announced via e-mail
- Wed., Oct. 12: $300 non-refundable deposit and all paperwork due
- Tues., Jan. 3: Final payment due
- Mandatory 2 group planning meetings (dates TBD)
- Mandatory post-trip reflection paper due (by early April 2023)
- Mandatory post-trip sharing session (April or May 2023)
Program cost: Approximately $2,000 per person (Covers all lodging, meals, ground transportation, program fees, and outings.)
Airfare: Flight rates are currently being negotiated and will be in addition to the program cost. The Office of Service and Volunteerism will book the flights, and the group will fly together.
This trip fulfills the residential service project requirement for the Gold Service Award as well as one Immersive Experience requirement.
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.