Bahamas: Natural History of Tropical Carbonates (BIOL 341), March 18 - March 28, 2016
Groups will be involved in various service opportunities in the community of Las Terrenas. Depending on the needs of the community during the group's stay and the needs of Fundacion Mahatma Gandhi, work could include: tutoring children between 6-15 years, classroom and library organization, small building and restoration projects, building basketball hoops for the community, leading sports activities, or teaching environmental education in the community. Participants will learn about sustainability, education, and issues the community of Las Terrenas faces daily. Be prepared for the physical nature of the work on this trip.
Work will be varied depending on the needs of the site. Work will be done with the indigenous community of Esperanza. In the past participants have assisted the profesoras with their students, built fences around gardens, painted the building, expierenced cultural traditions, and organized classrooms.
At San Lucas Mission, participants will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Guatemalan culture, as well as build relationships with the community of San Lucas. Father Greg, a Minnesota native is the founder of the mission. Student work may include, but is not limited to the following: assisting in cooperative community projects such as helping with the reforestation project, sorting coffee, assisting families on their land, and helping to restore buildings that are in desperate need of repair.
Vida Volunteer´s medical program main goal is to improve the overall health and well being of Central American communities by bringing Vida´s public health visits mobile clinics into the rural setting. The types of service-learning experiences we offer allow students and volunteers around the world an interactive, cultural, engaging adventure that will help them become well-rounded, culturally competent professionals and life-long volunteers. Our program focuses on two important areas: Prevention and Treatment. We promote healthier life styles in Central American communities and students, to understand the region´s diseases and the conditions that might cause them.