The end of spring quarter usually means a break from classes and a chance to relax for most students. But for 11 Pierce College students and employees, the start of summer break meant a chance to spend a week volunteering in a small village in Nicaragua. Students worked alongside members of the community on a number of service projects, planting more than 1,000 coffee plants, building a water harvester and working on much-needed repairs on village roads.
Pierce College worked with a nonprofit organization called Panorama Service Expeditions, which allows institutions around the country to participate in a number of existing projects located in Nicaragua. Projects are designed to produce impactful and sustainable development in communities there.
“Our students were to grateful they had an opportunity to participate in a service trip like this, and they called it a transformative experience,” said Cameron Cox, Student Life director at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom.
This excursion was the college’s second service trip to Nicaragua, and students were selected after a thorough interview process. Throughout the trip, students actively participated in all aspects of the project, including service, reflection and other activities designed to develop leadership, communication and problem-solving skills. For more information about service learning opportunities at Pierce College, please visit bit.ly/29AnicD.
Story reprinted, with permission, from Pierce News website.