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Ivy Tech students to make international service trip for spring break

March 8, 2010

Bloomington, Ind.In one week, 12 Ivy Tech Community College students will travel to Calnali, Mexico in the state of Hidalgo for a third straight year for Alternative Spring Break (ASB). Students will spend three days of their spring break mixing and pouring concrete in dirt floor homes for families.
Students will also travel to a native village where they will donate duffle bags full of gently used (mostly) children’s shoes – 300 total pairs will be donated. ASB participants will also spend time in schools with the kids.
Justin Adams, Education major, said he chose to apply to go on the trip because he felt like it would be a rewarding experience. “This trip will give me a look at education in another country,” he said. “I have never done anything like this before and am looking forward to it.”
Chelsea Rood-Emmick, Ivy Tech Director for Civic Engagement, says that students will earn one credit hour each for writing reflection papers while in Mexico. “Students will not only be volunteering their time to help families and kids, but they will also complete academic assignments,” she said.  “ASB participants will write their papers about readings on global poverty, indigenous cultures, and tourist attractions in third world countries.”
ASB students began collecting gently used shoes on MLK Jr. Day as part of the City’s “A Day On, Not a Day Off” initiative. Each student is traveling with one piece of luggage that includes only shoes. All extra donations that don’t fit into their luggage will be filtered to Bloomington-area nonprofits.
Alternative Spring Break 2010 will be the topic of Ivy Tech’s Community Chats at the Village Deli at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 30.
Go to and click on the Center for Civic Engagement to view the ASB website. Journals entries and photos will begin uploading when students return from their service trip.
Sponsors of Ivy Tech’s 2010 ASB include the City of Bloomington Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, Rood and Riddle Veterinary Pharmacy, the O’Bannon Institute, Bell Trace, Steven and Margaret Callon, Michael Garison, Sue Gauck, Christopher Kavcsak, The Helpful Gnome Farm, Ivy Tech Nursing Department, Sterling Real Estate, James and Cynthia Miller and John Miller.
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and one of the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college systems with more than 130,000 students enrolled annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana.  It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana.  It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.