Since 2009, a group of Pine Manor College students have put their Spring “Break” week to use, working hard for the Common Good. Each March, about 10 students head to New Orleans to help restore the area after the devastating impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit in 2005. While there, the group volunteers with the organization Gulf Coast Volunteers for the Long Haul, which not only works to rebuild homes for people still displaced by the damage, but also tutors children in schools that are still feeling the effects of the tragedy.
As a service-learning experience, students participate in a class that meets before and after the trip, helping them to understand the social, political, environmental, and socio-economic factors that contributed to the situation leading up to and after the hurricanes hit. Students do reflection prior to and after their trip, and process the experience as a group while they are there.
Alternative Spring Break 2011 - "How New Orleans Changed Us"
The students raise 100% of the funds necessary to make this trip happen. Many resources—both financial and volunteer—that were devoted to this area right after the hurricanes have now disappeared, but there is still so much to be done. Please make a donation today.