360° Student Travel Travelers Accomplish 3.5 Years Of Community Service In One Summer
posted: Nov 16th, 2011
360° Student Travel announced today that their teen travelers completed 31,397 hours of community service in summer 2011, an accomplishment that works out to be 3.5 years of service in two months. From Hawaii, to Peru, to Alaska, to China and beyond, their participants have truly made a lasting impact on the communities they have worked with and learned so much in the process. Below are highlights from some of the amazing projects that their trips have been involved with ...
In California groups had the opportunity to work with Habitat for Humanity and build alongside the families that will be moving into these homes in the future. Whether it was lending a hand with painting, caulking or hammering, their trip members didn’t hesitate to pitch in and help the communities they became a part of.
Last summer on the Community Service elective on the Pre-College Enrichment program in Barcelona, 14 teenagers worked at the Juvenile Center with children aged 5-9 years old. It was an incredible opportunity for participants to interact with disadvantaged children and bring smiles to their faces while teaching English and practicing their Spanish.
In Costa Rica, along with Habitat for Humanity, travelers helped to construct 3 houses in San Ramon. From the initial groundbreaking through the laying of foundation, floors, and putting up walls they did it all. An incredible accomplishment! They also worked with the Costa Rica Humanitarian Foundation building a brand new classroom for a school. The final group was able to hand the keys over to the teachers.
Travelers in South Africa had the unique opportunity to volunteer with the Morhotso Clinic where they spent an evening cooking a huge soup for all of the orphans and children. The next day groups were able to play with and serve their soup to the children who were either orphaned because of the HIV/AIDS epidemic or whose parents were being treated at the Clinic.
Heading down south to the Amazon Jungle on the Ecuador & the Galapagos Community Service program, trip members spent time clearing a soccer field for the Quicha community. They also spent time with the local community playing soccer and practicing each other’s languages.
Westcoast Connection / 360° Student Travel certainly made a positive impact in 6 continents this summer. It is an outstanding accomplishment that works out to be 3.5 years of community service in on summer.
About the Company
360° Student Travel by Westcoast Connection is in its 30th summer offering students the opportunity to travel, volunteer, improve their foreign language skills or get a taste of college life on 6 continents. Regardless of the program style, all of the itineraries are created with the understanding that no matter what travelers want to accomplish during the summer, the challenges and experiences should be enjoyable as well as rewarding.
Students on Community Service programs truly make a difference and are discovering the world at the same time; zip line in Costa Rica, explore a glacier in Alaska, marvel at the "Big 5" in Africa or swim with sea lions in the Galapagos Islands. These summer programs are perfect for open-minded travelers interested in achieving their goals, volunteering, and helping others.
Jared Finegold, Marketing Director