Ten Buena Vista University students and two advisors will spend their spring break in Jamaica volunteering at the West Haven Orphanage for Disabled Children. The trip is being made possible through the Alternative Week of Offsite Learning (A.W.O.L.) program; students are responsible for their own transportation costs.
The two advisors were selected who picked two student site leaders. Those four then selected eight additional students from the some 40 applications received.
"It was tough," said one of the site leaders, Briana Brace. "We picked people who were very eager in their service projects. We didn't want to pick people who wanted to go on the trip for the wrong reasons. And we picked people we thought would work well together."
A diverse group, freshmen through seniors, with different majors will be taking part.
The trip is scheduled from March 18-25 and the group continues to be active in their fund raisings. They have sold many, many candy bars and rootbeer floats. Another creative fund raiser has been placing plastic flamingoes in the yards of BVU professors; to get them moved, a donation must be made to the A.W.O.L. fund. The group will be hosting Dad's Belgium Waffles March 3 at Grace Lutheran Church from 5-7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door.
In preparation for the trip, the students have gone through some training and have spent time volunteering at Faith, Hope & Charity.
As a precaution, the group will also meet with Mark Kirkholm will share some tips on traveling safe.
The students are looking forward to the trip, which they have been preparing for since October and sharing their caring hearts with the children that need them.
Please support these students by taking part in their fund raising events.