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By LIANE ABBEY
Niagara College students are teaming up with Me to We to head to the Land of Lakes and Volcanos.
Twenty-three volunteers, made up mostly of Justice Studies and Police Foundations students, are set to head to Nicaragua from Feb. 22 to March 2 alongside members of the non-profit organization Me to We.
During the 10-day trip students will develop leadership skills by building a school for local children. Also, volunteers will get to spend some time at a local artisans market, giving the volunteers a deeper understanding of the culture they are visiting. Each student volunteer’s ticket for the trip costs just over $3,000. Students are responsible for paying their own way. Ticket price includes accommodations, insurance, comprehensive and travel.
Laurel Hansen, 27, manager, school engagement for Me to We, says that these trips provide volunteers with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture. “It provides understanding of social issues, and the understanding of different lifestyles. The trip location is decided by our sister company Free the Children.
“Development is based on existing relationships, and marginalized society based on potential impact for positive relationship.”
Brock Francis, 27, of Police Foundations, says he has volunteered and is very excited about this particular trip.
“The chance to help children in another country is amazing.”
Francis says the trip will be beneficial for more than just its participants. “This will affect the school [Niagara College] in such amazing ways. It will bring more leadership opportunities to students and will give a wider range of options for Niagara College students, ultimately improving our school’s image with each success.”
Lindsay Gilliss, 21, of Police Foundations, says that this trip will be a great experience. “I want to make a difference in another country.”
In order to fulfil financial requirements of the trip, the student volunteers must raise $30,000. The volunteers are encouraging faculty, students and alumni to participate in the fundraising events and help make a difference.
The first event was a Bowl-a-Rama at Fairview lanes in St. Catharines on Sept. 28. The volunteers raised close to $4,000 as well as testing their bowling skills.
In the following weeks there will be more fundraising events including Turn Up the Heat. The stag and doe-type event will be held in The Core at the Welland campus next month. The tropical theme is perfect for anybody looking to escape the cold weather for a few hours. With games like Crown and Anchor, 50/50 draw and Toonie Toss, guests will be kept on their toes to win great prizes while supporting a great cause.