Students choose service, study over spring break
This spring break (March10-14), Providence College students are leaving flip-flops and beach towels behind and utilizing itineraries, construction boots, and hammers instead.
Through Habitat for Humanity, service trips to Mexico and the Dominican Republic, and a Liberal Arts Honors Program trip to Italy, students are spending spring break across the country and around the world.
This year, 140 students are volunteering through Habit for Humanity in Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. They are helping to build simple, affordable houses for those in need, including supporting communities that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Two groups of students are also travelling to the Dominican Republic and Mexico as part of the Global Service Learning Program. The trips are part of a global studies course called Community Development in the Americas.
Led by Dr. Eric M. Hartman, adjunct assistant professor of global studies, 11 students are in the Dominican Republic collaborating with an organization called Outreach360. There, they are working at an orphanage, teaching health and wellness as part of a health and education initiative through the organization.
Ten other student volunteers are spending their break in Tijuana, Mexico, with adviser Kathryn Stewart ’09, program coordinator in the Feinstein Institute for Public Service. After flying to San Diego, the group crossed the border and will return again on foot. Members are working with an organization called Esperanza to support a community along the border by building houses and relationships.
In addition to these service trips, 67 honors students and faculty members are enjoying a week in Italy, exploring Florence, Bologna, and Venice. There, they will see the tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo, the Dante Memorial, St. Mark’s Square, the Basilica di San Marco, and many other sights that will deepen their study of Western Civilization.
— Nick Tavares ’16
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