An update from Megan Knapp, adviser to the Alternative Spring Break Ecuador trip and lecturer in Applied Physiology and Wellness:
Passport, check. Suitcase out of the closet, check. Fourteen students and me excited about the adventures in Ecuador that lie ahead, CHECK!
Last summer, the coordinator of Alternative Spring Breaks, Matt Gayer, posed a question: Would I have any interest in being a faculty/staff sponsor for an international service learning Spring Break trip? An opportunity to travel with students and give back to a community in a meaningful way? Sounds awesome, sign me up!
The student coordinators have been hard at work all school year to pull together the details of this trip, along with six other service learning trips. Since January, our Ecuador team has been meeting weekly to get to know one another, discuss questions and concerns about the trip, and build our knowledge about Ecuador. Did you know that the guinea pig is considered a delicacy in Ecuador?
We will be based in Quito and working with a volunteer organization called UBELONG. Much of our volunteer efforts will involve working with local children on a variety of educational and social issues.
As a Wellness Choices 1 instructor, I see this experience as an opportunity to apply what I teach, as contributing to the common good is a part of wellness. I look forward to the opportunity to work alongside our students outside of the classroom to make an impact in the lives of others.
I, along with my fellow travelers, will try to post updates throughout the trip. In the meantime, I should get back to baking cookies. I’m hosting the pre-departure party for everyone at my house!