More than 190 Creighton students will spend their fall break, Oct. 14 to 20, volunteering on service and justice trips in 24 communities across the country. This program is sponsored by Creighton University’s Center for Service and Justice (CCSJ) and provides service-learning or experiential education that involves teaching through action and reflection.
One service site will be at El Paso, Texas with the Missionary Society of St. Columban Office of Advocacy and Outreach. The students will talk with community members about the pressures, challenges, and joys of living and working along the border; additionally, they will learn about the violence in Juarez and the challenges of migration, land rights and economics.
Another trip is planned to Wheeling, W.Va. The students will participate in an environmental immersion through the Wheeling Appalachian Institute . They will travel the state to learn about energy consumption and production and its environmental and human costs. Participants will also be exposed to discussion about natural gas, coal and wind energy-- to understand this complicated energy issue.
Other sites will include building homes with Habitat for Humanity, working on Native American reservations, tutoring elementary children and working on a farm to promote a regional food systems to name a few. Locally students will live at the Siena/Francis House and attend sustainability seminars.
In the more than 30 years since the service program began, more than 4,000 Creighton students have used their spring or fall breaks to serve others and learn about social justice concerns such as poverty, immigration, homelessness and environmental justice.
To view the full list of the service sites and their descriptions visit: http://blogs.creighton.edu/ccsj/category/service-trips/host-sites/