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March 6, 2012

Spring Break Means Service and Education for La Salle Students

Although it has been a mild winter in the Philadelphia region, many La Salle students will be flocking to warmer climates during their Spring Break, March 5 through March 9. For more than 100 La Salle students, Spring Break will be an extension of their classroom or community service experiences, as they travel the globe taking part in service and education trips.

For the first time, 18 students will be traveling to Luperon in the Dominican Republic, performing service projects with Village Mountain Mission. In addition, as part of Project Appalachia, which La Salle has been participating in for 34 years, 34 students and staff members will travel to Harlan, Ky., where they will build and rehabilitate houses through Christian Outreach with Appalachian People (COAP).

In addition to the service trips, other students will travel to places such as India, Nepal, France, Turkey, and Ireland for travel-study courses. For example, Digital Arts and Multimedia Design students will travel to the British Virgin Islands for Sandra Camomile’s Travel through a Digital Lens course, and students in Dr. James Talaga’s class will travel to Germany and France to study international marketing.

“Our travel-study courses are a great way for students to learn about and immerse themselves in a culture other than their own,” said Melinda Massaro Ingersoll, La Salle’s Director of Study Abroad Programs. Ingersoll, who traveled to China last year with Dr. Charles Desnoyers’ history class, said about the trip, “The culture exchange succeeded beyond the wildest expectations of all concerned,” and Desnoyers described the students’ trip as an “utterly transformative experience.”taha