Lasell Students Embark on International Service Trips
May 23, 2014
This week two faculty-led international service learning trips departed for Belize and Uganda, where students will gain valuable knowledge and insight about the communities they visit.
Professors Melissa Van Hyfte and Dana Janbek departed for a one-week ecotourism service trip to Belize on Wednesday with 10 students.
Students will spend time exploring and volunteering in relation to the relevant ecosystems of the country. The students will participate in educational trips to learn about the ecosystems and the many plant and animal species in the region, visit local communities, and learn about government and non government organizations that are helping sustain the ecology of Belize.
A two-week international service-learning trip to the rural village of Bumwalukani, Uganda also departed this week with faculty members Thomas P. Sullivan, Director of the Center for Spiritual Life, Professor Marie Franklin and Professor Christina Haverty. A dozen students are engaged in this trip, which is in its second year.
The Uganda trip involves educational work with school-aged children and their teachers to help prepare the students for a high school entrance exam that determines their future educational experience.
The Lasell professors and students also offer workshops on self-esteem for girls, leadership for teachers and community leaders, and basic accounting for the Bumwalukani Women's Microfinance Cooperative.
Students and faculty will blog during each of the trips.