By Danielle Hogan & Mackenzie Dineen – Arts Editor & Features Editor
Fifteen Lasell students and alum departed Logan as strangers but returned as a family. For seven days our world was limited to these 15 faces, the Georgia mountains and our Georgia Appalachian Trail Club (GATC) mentors.
The application deadline for the Shoulder-to-Shoulder International Service-Learning Programs have been extended to Monday, October 15, 2018. Students have the opportunity to travel to Ecuador, Mexico or Tanzania. Visit Lasell’s Shoulder-to-Shoulder page to fill out an application or for more details on each trip.
Nadinne Cruz, Ph.D, speaks on her personal experiences with service learning. (Photo by Krista DeJulio)
Krista DeJulio – Features Editor
Nadinne Cruz, Ph.D, recently spoke at Lasell as part of the Distinguished Donahue Scholar series. Cruz has been an advocate for service learning in higher education since she was in college and has volunteered in her native Philippines and in the United States. Cruz shared personal stories from her service learning trips and from motherhood.
Hellen, a Ugandan student from the school the Lasell Shoulder-to-Shoulder hroup visited and worked with, is an aspiring journalist. She wrote an article about the group’s visit to the school. Here is Hellen’s article in full.
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. More…
Photos by Natalie Kfoury
A collection of photos from the 2014 Shoulder-to-Shoulder service learning trip to Ecuador. 13 Lasell students went on the trip with Professors Aaron Toffler and Jose Guzman as well as Gillian Stanley, who works in the Graduate Program. The group stayed at two haciendas, Pachamama and El Sinche with a group of hosts. While on the trip, the group learned about farming and nature, hiked mountains and volcanoes, visited cities and a university, and spent two days at a school where they interacted with children, fixed the water system, installed playground equipment, and created a soccer field. Applications for next year’s trip are available now and can be picked up at the Center for Community-Based Learning, located in Klingbeil House.
Zachary Gray – Co-Editor-in-Chief
Last May, the Shoulder-to-Shoulder program made its first trip to the African nation of Uganda. The two-week international service-learning trip took place in the rural village of Bumwalukani, as 12 students worked with groups of seventh graders in preparation for the children’s high school entrance exams. The Lasell students prepared about 20 lesson plans for the Ugandan students. Director of the Center of Spiritual Life, Reverend Dr. Tom Sullivan, and Lena Berc, Director of International Services, led the service-learning trip. More…