What's Cool at Becker: Service Learning Trips

Posted by Sandy Lashin-Curewitz | June 10, 2015

Whether it's a Saturday morning at the local Habitat for Humanity or spring break on a school farm in Jamaica, Becker College students love to serve others. In fact, they perform over 80,000 hours of community service annually. But it's not the number of hours put in that we value most—it's the enriched sense of culture and heightened global perspective that our students gain that make our Service Learning Trips a key component of our emphasis on global citizenship.

Service Learning Trips

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Boston, MA. Through the Boston Urban Outreach program, students are given the opportunity to make a difference in a community that's close to home (our Becker College home, that is). Our students have traveled by bus to Charlestown and Dorchester to learn about and engage with the area's homeless population. Students and staff made and distributed 150 sandwiches for people in need on Boston Common, then prepared and served a community meal at Pilgrim Church, which also serves as a homeless shelter.

Williamson, WV. Graduates of BLUE Crew I and II recently volunteered with Sustainable Williamson in West Virginia, where their goal was to help create a replicable and sustainable community model for a low-wealth area. As part of their service, students built community gardens and greenhouses and assisted local farmers by planting crop seeds.

Jamaica. Over spring break, several students and two faculty members traveled to Petersfield, Jamaica, through Amizade's Global Service-Learning Program. Students volunteered in rural communities by planting vegetables on a school farm, cleaning up a playground, working with the young children, and learning about Jamaican culture and lifestyle.

Haiti. Through our partnership with the Be Like Brit foundation, Becker students travel to Haiti to paint, build or repair homes, plan educational activities for children, and learn about Haitian culture and history. The program is open to all students, although education and psychology students are especially encouraged to participate.

Learn about our upcoming service learning trips here

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