Thank you to everyone who supported the Lasallian Service trips last year. Last year’s trips were a great success with eight trips and 121 students. These students contributed 15,908 total hours of community service to the communities in Kentucky, Montana, North Carolina, Alabama, and the Dominican Republic. Here are some student reflections about their experience.
|2014-2015 Service Trips|
|Blackfeet MontanaBrowning, MTMay 16-23, 2015||Camden ExperienceCamden, NJMay 9-16, 2015||Equipo EsperanzaLuperon, Dominican RepublicFeb 28-March 7, 2015||Equipo Esperanza-ReturnerLuperon,Dominican Republic|
|Project MapendoNyeri,KenyaMay/June 2015||Habitat for Humanity- May 2015Location TBAMay 2015||Project AppalachiaHarlan, KYFeb. 28-March 7, 2015||Habitat for Humanity-Spring BreakForsyth County, NCMarch 1-8, 2015|
|Project HaitiPort-au-Prince, HaitiFeb.28-March 8, 2015||Volunteers in MissionSanto Domingo, Dominican RepublicMarch 1-8, 2015|
The mission of the Lasallian Service Trips is to give students the opportunity to gain knowledge and first-hand experience of social justice issues, both at home and abroad, through meaningful service done in partnership with local communities to better live our common Lasallian values of faith, service, and community.
UMAS offers students opportunities to confront the challenges that many local communities face.
These Service Trips embody the Lasallian vision of intellectual and spiritual development by working together to foster growth, understanding, and change as students experience a deeper sense of what it means to live and work in solidarity with a community.
Lasallian Service Trips are dedicated to living out Lasallian values by gaining understanding of the global community and the social justice issues that affect that community.
Through capacity building efforts, La Salle students discover the importance of giving back while learning about themselves and others. Students partner with local communities and immerse themselves in cultures by building relationships with the people they serve. Lasallian Service Trips strive to improve the quality of life within the global community by acting on the natural human instinct to help each other.
Lasallian Service Trips aim to give students unforgettable experiences in so many ways.
Service Trips give students experience in working directly with communities and working in solidarity to create appropriate solutions. UMAS hopes to enable student participants as they respond to crises and concerns in local communities and around the world.
Understanding Systematic Injustice
An important aspect of any Service Trip is attempting to understand and address the underlying causes of the issue being addressed by the partnering organization. Coordinators are responsible for integrating experiences before and during the Trip which address the political, economic, historic and environmental factors that shape the issue.
Reflection on Faith, Service and Community
In addition to being a way to experience social issues, the Service Trips should be designed to provide space for participants to reflect on their own ethics, spiritual values and relationship to the issues they experience.
Too often, when we engage in service in our own communities, we don’t take the time to process our experiences. Building reflection time into the Service Trips is another way we choose to immerse ourselves into the experience.
Evaluating Personal Habits and Lifestyle
A consequence of reflection is seeing participants evaluate the way they live, manifesting itself in changes in personal lifestyle (devotion to simplicity, new eating habits, etc), in a longer-term commitment to service (post-grad service, committing to regular volunteering) or in vocation (becoming a public servant, social worker, or religious life).