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University Communications

March 2, 2011

Spring Break Means Service and Education for
Many La Salle Students

While many college students across the country will head to white sandy beaches in the coming weeks for Spring Break, more than 100 La Salle University 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 16 years, 35 students and staff members will travel to Harlan, Ky., where they will build and rehabilitate homes through Christian Outreach with Appalachian People (COAP).

La Salle students renovate and rehabilitate houses for low-income families as part of the University's many community service trips.
La Salle students renovate and rehabilitate houses for low-income families as part of the University's many community service trips.

Project Appalachia is one of five student service trips scheduled during the school year by University Ministry and Service (UMAS). In January, students traveled to a Christian Brothers’ school on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana. In May, students will travel to Florida for a Habitat for Humanity project, Guatemala for Estudiantes Unidos, and Tanzania for Project Mapendo.

“I went on my first trip with Project Appalachia during my freshman year, and I couldn't imagine spending spring break anywhere else,” said La Salle senior Elizabeth Wagner. “There's just something so fulfilling about working together with a group of friends to better a community, and it's great to bring that feeling of motivation and service back into Philadelphia when our trip is over. La Salle’s service trips are a huge step in creating global citizens who want to give back to the communities where they live and work.”

In addition to service trips, other students will travel to countries such as Germany, France, Ireland, Israel, Greece, and Vietnam as part of travel study-courses. Among them, Religion professor Jacqueline Pastis, Ph.D., will take students to Greece to study the world of the early Christians, and students in Dr. James Talaga’s class will travel to Germany and France to study international marketing.