Thursday, May 27, 2010

University of Alabama: Reflections

University of Alabama returned to us for the second time this school year (see this newsletter article about the service project they completed last December); this time, with Alabama Action Abroad. This group of honors student spent a semester studying global poverty and service, and ended their course with a service trip to Costa Rica with Outward Bound.

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How did the University of Alabama students like their course? Here´s what they had to say...

“This trip has continued to contribute to my personal growth by having focused on service that is directed by those who need it as well as cultural interaction and exchange. From the hearty meals in Suretka to learning Bribri in Amübri, from playing games with the school kids to participating in and actual tribal dance; this trip was full of positives and a unique experience I’ll forever cherish.”
-Trew Johnson, 22

“I came, I saw, I served, I battled the bugs and other elements of nature, and I loved it. Cultural differences and linguistic barriers can be bridged with a simple smile.”
-AJ Collins, 18

“Being a part of this experience has been life changing—learning about myself, my students, our guides, the country, nature, language, culture…it was all amazing.”
-Wahnee Sherman, chaperon

“I learned that I’m stronger than I believed and that a positive attitude can be a leader’s best asset. Also, there is so much more to life than going through school.”
-Elise Cranston, 20

“This course challenged me and everything I thought I knew about myself—I will be going home a more confident, more aware individual; going outside my comfort zone and living in a different culture was an incredible experience that I will never forget.”
-Julia Israel, 22

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