Most college students are eager to get as far away from school and work as possible on spring break, traveling to exotic locales, finding ways to relax and generally unplugging from the rush of class. The Park University Office of Global Education and Study Abroad has a way to help with its Alternative Spring Break program. Open to students, faculty, staff and other members of the Park family, the March 8-15 trip returns to Guatemala for the third consecutive year. Applications are now being accepted for the trip, with a submission deadline of Dec. 1, 2013.
Returning to the community of Pananatic, volunteers will help with a wide range of activities. Park’s nursing students will work with local leaders to enhance medical care in the area. They will help provide primary health care to families in the area and perform general health care assessments. Many of the families in the area have no medical history available, so this is an invaluable service for them.
Other volunteers on the trip will help with a variety of activities throughout the community. From installing water filters and cooking stoves as part of an ongoing effort to improve water sanitation and hygiene to helping with de-worming campaigns to assisting with reforestation activities, volunteers will be kept busy during the day.
For more information, or to download an application packet, visit the Alternative Spring Break page at park.edu or contact the Global Education and Study Abroad office at 816-584-6580.