Kayli Hertel – Features Editor
Two brand new Shoulder-to-Shoulder International Service-Learning trips have
been introduced this semester which will take students to Antigua and Vietnam. Lasell now provides seven Shoulder-to-Shoulder programs including Brazil, Belize, Ecuador, Mexico, and Uganda.
Steve Bloom, Acting Vice President of Academic Affairs, noted Vision 2017 calls
for an expansion of service trips. “We would bring students to do service that would help the local community but also, more importantly, that our students would gain a global awareness,” said Bloom.
The trip to Antigua will be centered on working with Perkins International; Dr.
Elizabeth Hartmann will lead the trip and act as a consultant for Perkins. Students who participate in the program must enroll in ED231X: Cultural Competence & Global Schools, the class to prepare students in advance of the trip. Hartmann
said, “Students on the Antigua project will be immersed in the public schools tutoring, observing, and teaching.” This trip costs $600 and will take place over winter break.
The second trip will be to Hanoi, Vietnam where David Thomas of the Indochina Arts Partnership will accompany professors Anh Tran and Margo Lemieux. While in Hanoi, students will work with organizations such as the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation that reaches out to children throughout Vietnam.
An application is available but those turning it in now will be wait-listed. The trip itself costs $800 for those who have never traveled with Shoulder-to-Shoulder previously. The class affiliated with the trip is called ECON207X: Vietnam Immersion, and will be taught by Tran.
“It is a great learning experience because Vietnam is very much different from many
countries around here. Vietnam is far away and very dynamic,” said Tran.
“[Students will] be immersed in another culture for a period of time and… have a
unique learning experience that would emphasize global learning in one really good
package,” said Bloom.
The application deadline for the Antigua trip has passed but anyone with questions should speak to Hartmann at EHartmann@lasell.edu. For the Vietnam trip, contact Tran at ATran@lasell.edu or Lemieux at MLemieux@lasell.edu.