Outreach Trips 2015-2016
OUTREACH SPRING BREAK TRIPS
The University of the South has more than a 20-year history of engagement in New Orleans. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, students from Sewanee served as tutors in an inner city school. After Katrina, the Outreach Office shifted its focus on reconstruction and relief efforts. Volunteer workdays are full of varied projects including tutoring, construction, caring for homeless pets, serving in soup kitchens, and gleaning. Construction projects may include planting trees, painting, and rebuilding homes. Students will also have the opportunity to experience New Orleans culture through various activities and lectures. Through this trip, students will gain a broader perspective of how Hurricane Katrina has impacted and continues to impact the area. Cost of trip is $715.00
Trip Leader – Dean Hagi Bradley
This trip centers around classroom tutoring at the secondary level. In the past, volunteers have also participated in a Habitat for Humanity project, worked with a local nursing home, and helped with a special needs outdoor program called "Shake-a-Leg." Sewanee has a long history working in Miami. Students stay in a hostel on South Beach and have the opportunity to explore the city. Cost of trip is $1,435.
Trip Leader – Barbara Banks
Students will work with three community partnerships in New York City including Gay Men’s Health Crisis Center (GMHC), Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, and God’s Love We Deliver. Students will participate in direct engagement, receive a hands-on education on the topic of HIV and AIDS, and witness how non-profit organizations in New York City operate. The group will travel to different parts of the city to serve the wider community. Additionally students will unravel how documentation, socio-economic level, and other factors could prevent someone from getting a meal. Students will also take advantage of the many cultural opportunities in the city. Cost of trip is $1,415.00.
Trip Leader – Danielle Larsen
Sewanee's partnerships in Cange, Haiti with the organizations Zanmi Lasante and Zanmi Agrikol have helped create opportunities for our faculty, staff and students to participate in long-term development work and important relief efforts. This trip will expose students to our agricultural re-forestation project, our photo project and potential dental and medical options. This opportunity can lead to advanced work in the country through various Sewanee programs. Cost of trip is $1,512.00.
Trip Leaders – Dixon Myers, Professor Deborah McGrath, and Professor Pradip Malde
Ecuador participants partner with Youth World, a Christian organization whose emphasis is training youth ministry leaders and working to reach out to youth in Quito. Our site host, Cameron Graham, is a Sewanee alumna who has served as a missionary in Ecuador for the last 10 years. The Ecuador Experience consists of working with one of Youth World's partner sites, "Remanso de Amor" which serves as a school, community center, and church in one of the communities in Quito. Sewanee has been sending volunteers to work with Remanso for the last 10 years and has watched it grow from an empty pasture to a 5-story building that is flourishing. Recent trips included minor construction projects, skits and crafts with kids, and youth workshops. Every evening there is a time for group reflection and discussion. The Ecuador trip is Christian in nature, but participants come from all faith backgrounds and are encouraged to process the experience through their own personal lens as we also investigate “alternative” meaning and purpose besides mainstream religion. Cost of trip is $2,240.00.
Trip Leader – Michelle Howell
The Costa Rica Outreach Trip visits the Cloud Forest School in Monteverde, Costa Rica. We partner with the school in their efforts to maintain the ecological biodiversity of their campus, as well as providing a comprehensive educational experience to their students. Unique to this trip specifically, all participants live in home stays with families from the school, which creates powerful relationships between participants and students of the Cloud Forest School. Meant for engagement, exploration, and immersion, the Costa Rica Outreach trip provides powerful and life-lasting experiences for everyone involved. Cost of trip is $1,778.00.
Trip Leader – Rob McAlister
OUTREACH WINTER BREAK TRIPS
This marks the twenty-sixth year that the Outreach Office will be traveling to Kingston, Jamaica. There is an engagement and learning component that focuses on the development of the Trench Town neighborhood and the Trench Town Culture Yard which may include film and building projects. There will be opportunities to explore Jamaican culture through music, theater, and architecture in both urban and rural environments. The staff has decades of experience in the area and is able to offer valuable insights. Cost of trip is $1,627.00.
Trip Leaders – Dixon Myers, Greg Pond, and Michelle Howell