One of the most exciting and memorable opportunities offered at The College of Saint Rose is participation in a service trip. These trips involve students spending their own time and money to travel outside of the Capital Region to experience and learn more about the world that surrounds us. These trips focus on issues of poverty, homelessness, hunger, social justice, and more. Currently, Saint Rose offers trips to New York City, D.C., Honduras, Florida, and Louisiana. You can learn more about the trips here.
One of our own bloggers, Colin, is currently in D.C. participating in the SOME trip there. I was able to briefly speak with Colin before he left, watch the video to hear from him:
I personally was able to participate last year in the alternate spring break trip to New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina reconstruction. Yes, in 2011 I was still able to visit New Orleans to aid others who lost their entire communities in 2005. Saint Rose will, unfortunately, probably be sending groups there for years to come. That being said, the goal of these trips is to experience elsewhere what can be applied at home. Our Community Service Office sends volunteers to organizations in the Albany area on a regular basis. Several groups this fall volunteered in Schoharie County and Prattsville after Tropical Storm Irene hit.
I hope that Colin, along with the 19 other Saint Rose students with him (and six staff members!), have an amazing time in D.C. and I look forward to hearing how their trip was!