March 5, 2010
Spring Break Means Service and Education
for Hundreds of La Salle Students
As snow from Philadelphia’s record storms continues to melt, La Salle University students have one thing on their minds—spring break! While many college students across the country head to white sandy beaches, approximately 200 La Salle students will travel to various parts of the globe taking part in community service and education trips.
As part of Project Appalachia, which La Salle has been participating in for more than 15 years, 36 students will drive to Harlan, Ky. where they will repair and renovate houses for low-income families.
“It’s a different kind of poverty than what we may see in Philadelphia,” said La Salle senior Anthony Mallamaci, one of the student volunteers. “The poverty rate is so much higher because of the unemployment rate. Despite their hardships, the people are so happy and appreciative for what we do.”
Other groups of La Salle students will fly to countries such as Germany, Ireland, Argentina, France, Peru, and China as part of travel study-courses. For example, economics professor Mark Ratkus will take students to Peru to study the political economy of Latin America, while students in professor James Talaga’s international marketing course will travel to Germany and France.