Past Trips

2011-2012

Costa Rica: Sustainable Agriculture

Team Leader: Monica Manglani

http://www.lagranvista.com/projectoverview.htm

Haiti: Disaster Relief

Team Leader: Tyler Germanoski

http://www.cchaiti.org/

Washington D.C.: Hunger and Homelessness Awareness

Team Leader: Matthew McKenzie

http://www.csm.org/washingtondc.php

New York City: HIV/AIDS and Terminal Illness Relief

Team Leader: Caitlin Damiano

https://www.glwd.org/

Spring Break:

Tennessee: Rural Poverty and Native American Communities

Team Leader: Jocelyn Bookman

http://www.onceuponatimebreakaway.com/index.html

Virginia: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities:

Team Leader: Julia Ben-Asher

http://www.richmondarc.org/

2010-2011

Nicaragua

Student participants will explore how the lives of Nicaraguans have been affected by globalization, and how communities are creating self-sufficiency and sustainability.  Delegates will have the opportunity to meet with many people from different sectors of society, including workers, farmers, cooperative leaders, health care workers, scholars and activists. The delegates will learn about the current economic crisis and the impact of free trade agreements, privatization, and IMF-imposed structural adjustments.  Delegates will experience rural alternative development projects while on a home stay.  Delegates also will visit urban development projects sponsored by the Center for Development in Central America in Managua.

Ecuador

This trip will focus on cultural preservation of indigenous communities of Pastaza, Ecuador through the NGO, Fundecoipa. Volunteer projects include conservation efforts, construction of houses and trails through the rainforest, etc. The aim of the project is to create community development in the indigenous communities of Pastaza based on sustainable use of the biological resources and cultural norms.The trip to Arutam, Ecuador is set in a rural village.  This trip requires that you are flexible with food/accommodations and willing to work in a rugged environment. This trip is also extremely physically demanding and the majority of the trip is spent outdoors doing rigorous activity.

Boston, MA

Students will work with a nonprofit Boston food program providing food services throughout Boston to individuals living with critical and chronic illnesses. Students will work with an organization that helps those living with illness maintain health through home-delivered, nutritious meals; sending the message to those in greatest need that someone cares. Students will also experience Boston while participating in civic engagement working with the community.

New Jersey

Participants on this trip will have the opportunity to take part in the Romero Center’s “Urban Challenge,” a program that focuses on the idea of civic engagement and community involvement. During the day, participants will visit different service sites, taking part in direct service that ranges from work in schools, food banks, and other service agencies in both Camden, NJ and Philadelphia. Through the emphasis on community living and education, participants will become familiar with the social issues that plague not only Camden, but our society on a greater global scale. Different speakers and activities will help the participants understand the Camden community and the social issues that it faces.
*This trip is housed at a Catholic church. While religion will not be included in the work done or the reflections completed, there may be some religious components of our partner organization.

Virginia

This trip will work with Appalachia Service Project (ASP) in Jonesville,Virginia, repairing roofs, kitchens, building wheel chair ramps, painting, and creating room additions for low-income families. The areas ASP works with have poverty rates more than double the national average. The program focuses on social justice, poverty and Appalachian history. The trip includes a cultural night where the family whose home the volunteers are working on is introduced to the volunteer group.

Washington D.C.

This year’s trip to DC is focusing on tutoring and mentoring youth in the DC area. Lafayette students will be involved in direct service, interacting with youth living in DC through the Boys and Girls Club, mentoring them and assisting with club programming. This trip provides students with a unique perspective on our nation’s capitol and the opportunity to engage in DC communities.

2009-2010

Chicago

This trip will deal primarily with the issue of at risk youth in major cities. The group will work with a community organization that provides after school programs, meals, and other social services to the children and families of the community.

Dominican Republic

This trip deals with at-risk and underprivileged youth in the Dominican Republic. Students will work at an orphanage that specializes in working with college groups. Participants will take part in teaching classes, providing recreation services, and engaging children in a very hands-on, active environment.

Ecuador

This trip will deal with cultural preservation of indigenous communities of Pastaza, Ecuador through the NGO, Fundecoipa. Volunteer projects include teaching English in classrooms, conservation efforts, construction of houses and trails, etc. The aim of the project is to create community development in the indigenous communities of Pastaza based on sustainable use of the biological resources and cultural norms.

Gulf Coast (St. Louis, Mississippi)

This trip will aid in the reconstruction of a Gulf Coast community.  Students will learn about the effects of global warming on the environment and the various socio-economic issues that have been problems for the Gulf Coast region. Participants will do everything from gutting houses and cleaning up yards, to hanging sheetrock and putting on new roofs.

Memphis (Civil Rights Tour)

The Civil Rights and Social Justice Tour trip will focus on the impact of the Civil Rights movement. Participants will visit historic sites, museums, and archives, as well as interact with residents of the South who participated in key events, partnering with various community-based, national and other civic organizations to serve a variety of constituencies in the Memphis area.

New York City

This trip will focus on hunger and homelessness in the United States. Participants will work at God’s Love We Deliver preparing and delivering food for those who are too sick to shop and cook for themselves. Students will also work in different soup kitchens and homeless shelters within the five boroughs.

Washington D.C.

This trip will have the opportunity to work with Center for Student Missions in addressing the issue of hunger and homelessness. Students will be challenged to learn from those they serve in homeless prayer breakfasts, children’s programs, rest homes and feeding programs. Participants will help with food preparation and distribution and will visit day care centers that provide services to low income families.

2008-2009

Appalachia

The Appalachia team will be traveling to West Virginia to work with an organization called Beans and Rice. Beans and Rice works with at-risk children, low-income communities, and community development, and this ASB team will be working with children and adults in different settings. Another aspect of this trip is a series of community development workshops which will result in team members receiving a certificate in community development.

Baltimore

This trip is being arranged through Catholic Charities. Although the specific details of the trip are still being finalized, there are two organizations with whom the team will likely work. Sarah’s House provides shelter, meals, and caseworkers for individuals looking to get back on their feet and need some help getting started. Our Daily Bread is a multi-faceted organization. There is an employment center, which helps people find jobs and prepares them to succeed in the workplace. Clients can also receive assistance finding affordable housing once they have a job. There is also a hot meal program provided by Our Daily Bread.

Clearwater

The Clearwater, FL team will work with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Although the exact service project has not yet been determined, one of the team’s projects will likely involve the restoration of the otter exhibit, as well as other restoration and/or conservation projects around the aquarium.

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic team will be traveling to Monte Cristi, DR to work with Orphanage Outreach. The team will be working in and staying at an orphanage. The primary service work of the team will be tutoring and teaching the children in the Orphanage in English.

Gulf Coast

This trip will aid in the reconstruction of a Gulf Coast community. Students will learn about the effects of global warming on the environment and the various socio-economic issues that have been problems for the Gulf Coast region.

Honduras

This trip will deal with issues of sustainable living and drinkable water. Students will be doing construction work in preparation for the installation of a water system as well as the construction of vital community resources. The construction will enable a water system to be put into place that will allow a small community to gain suitable drinking water.

New York City

This trip will be working with the Center for Student Missions (CSM). CSM will provide lodging for the group in a local New York City church, and will be the liaison between this ASB team and the organizations the team will be serving. Although at this time the exact organizations have not been finalized, some possibilities include working with homeless individuals through The Bowery Residents Committee, working with ESL students through the Urban Impact of NYC, and working with children at Harlem Children’s  Zone.

2007-2008

Chicago

This trip deals primarily with the issue of at risk youth in major cities. The group will work with a community organization, The PEACE Community Center located in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. PEACE Community Center provides after school programs, meals, and other social services to the children and families of the community.

Gulf Coast

This trip aids in the reconstruction of a Gulf Coast community.  Working with an organization called Camp Coast Care, students learn about the effects of global warming on the environment and the various socioeconomic issues that have been problems for the Gulf Coast region.

Honduras

This trip deals with issues of sustainable living and drinkable water. In partnership with Engineers Without Borders, students will be doing construction work in preparation for the installation of a water system as well as the construction of vital community resources. The construction will enable a water system to be put into place that will allow a small community to gain suitable drinking water.

South Carolina

Students work with Habitat for Humanity and participate in their annual collegiate challenge. This event puts college students to the challenge of building as many houses as possible over spring break for Habitat. Students will have the opportunity to build houses with recipiet families, community members, as well as, students from other colleges around the nation.

Tennessee

Students work with Catholic Charities to aid in refugee relief.  Refugees are from a variety of places including: Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Iran, and Cuba.  Students will be helping refugees to adjust to the American way of life.  This will include helping parents tend to children, setting up apartments for newly arrived refugees, and picking up furniture donations.

Washington, D.C.

Students on this trip have the opportunity to work closely with a non-profit organization called Campus Kitchen. The aim of this organization is to promote responsible use of food as well as providing nourishment for those in need in our nation’s capital. Participants will pick up food supplies, prepare, and deliver meals to the organization’s clients.