Quinnipiac University College of Arts and Sciences

Alternative Spring Break Trip

In Event, Students on August 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm

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CAS Students in Service

CAS students Giana Gleeson (Independent Major, International Development & Human Rights), Elizabeth Vargas (Biology), Jenna Wallace (English) and Evan Belisle (History) were among a group of students who participated in the alternative spring break trip to Nicaragua sponsored by the Albert Schweitzer Institute and led by Executive Director David Ives. The team of students and faculty spent a week in two projects to improve the living and learning conditions of youths in the town of La Ceiba.

The group built a series of raised bed gardens designed to provide fresh vegetables for use in the kitchen of the town high school. The raised beds provide better drainage for the garden during heavy rains, and provide a means of irrigation during dry periods. In addition, the group helped in the construction of a retaining wall around an elementary school that will help prevent sewage from getting into the building. Knowing that their work had created a significant impact for the people of La Ceiba, plus the personal connections that the students made while they were there, truly made this an unforgettable trip.

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