Appleby College

Appleby College

March 03, 2010 16:19 ET

Appleby College Students to Embark on International Service Trips

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 3, 2010) - More than 80 Appleby College students and employees will be travelling in March to remote international destinations to engage in service work. Departing March 5 and 6, eight groups will be travelling to Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Moldova, Nicaragua, Peru and Romania.

In Costa Rica, students will rebuild a local community's bus shelter and will develop a tourism marketing plan for the area. Students leaving for Ecuador will be working with a conservation and ecotourism organization to protect Santa Lucia's natural resources while promoting sustainable solutions.

Those travelling to Ethiopia will stay in an orphanage and interact with its young residents, while also beautifying a local school. In Guatemala, students will be working with the Mayan community to organize educational programs that promote nutrition and health, including the construction of a basketball court.

In Moldova, students will be renovating an orphanage and organizing activities and games for those living there. The group will also be working with disabled youth to construct an outside gathering area. In the colonial town of Granada, Nicaragua, students will construct housing and plant fruit trees.

In Peru, the group will work with local families to install clean-burning stoves and home water filters. In Romania, students will help to improve living conditions in a poor community and organize educational programs for area youth.

"In Canada, we are fortunate to live with government-funded healthcare and education as well as having easy access to necessities like food, water and shelter. It is great to have the opportunity to help other people whose lives are not as fortunate as those in Canada," said Grade 12 student Trevor Harrison, who will be travelling to Peru.

The groups will return the week of March 14. For more than 15 years, Appleby's students have participated in service trips that promote global awareness, respect for differing world views and new models of co-operation.

"Through service, our students are able to develop meaningful relationships with a wide variety of cultures globally while they engage in worthwhile projects for the benefit of the local communities. This intercultural learning is significant for everyone involved as participants are guided through discussion and reflection on their experiences during and after the trips," said Rob McGuiness, assistant head of school, global education, and director, intercultural and experiential programs.

About Appleby College

Appleby College is an independent school for more than 750 young men and women in Grades 7 to 12. Founded in 1911, Appleby offers a university preparatory education to both boarding and day students. The curriculum offers an exceptionally diverse education that combines rigorous academics with dynamic arts, athletics and community service. For more information, visit www.appleby.on.ca.

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