Students plan spring break trip to Guatemala

About 35 GW undergraduate and graduate students gathered last week in the Marvin Center for an information session on a Spring Break trip that will send 15 GW student volunteers to Guatemala for eight days.

The trip, organized by the Office of Community Service, offers students an alternative to the beach scene. Students will volunteer in hospitals and work to re-build homes and schools in Guatemala.

We really can’t say exactly what work we will be doing, it all depends on what has been done by the time we get there, said Wendi Conti, a trip organizer. It is a great way to get involved in the bigger picture.

A group of 15 students will be chosen from applications that were due Dec. 8.

Selected students will meet regularly and coordinate fundraising efforts during the beginning of the spring semester to pay for each participant’s $1,500 trip cost. The students work to raise money for the whole group, not individually, said Gina Costante, another trip organizer in the Office of Community Service.

Conti said the trip provides more than just a break from classes.

Three of the goals of this trip are service learning, cultural learning and community building, she said.
-Shilo Groover

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