Appleby College

Appleby College

December 17, 2007 11:01 ET

Twenty-Nine Appleby College Students Embark on International Service Projects this Month

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 17, 2007) - Almost 30 Appleby College students are involved with international service projects this month. From improving living conditions in the slums of Peru to rural village improvement in India, these dedicated students are helping make a difference.

In 2007, about 150 Appleby College students and faculty participated in service projects-an incredible number. Since 1992, Appleby College has been involved with Round Square, a worldwide association of almost 60 schools that helps students become compassionate, globally aware leaders through hands-on experiences. Participating in international service projects exposes students to the realities and hardships that other people face, and gives them a stronger perspective of the need for their involvement.

In response to the growing number of participating students, Appleby College created its own international service projects, offering an even wider breadth of opportunities for students. Once students complete their project, they share their experiences with the wider Appleby community through school assemblies, publications and the International Service Project Fair.

The December destinations are:

- Belize - An environmentally focused service project in the rainforest region of Belize. This group will be working with a rural primary school to make improvements, as well as participate in environmental conservation and education programs in this area of rich Mayan heritage.

- Peru - Six students and two faculty members will continue the work done by previous Appleby College groups. They will spend close to a week in the slums of Lima, improving living conditions for children there as well as doing some earthquake-response work. Their second week will include travelling to the northern Andean mountains to build cooking stoves and participate in environmental conservation work.

- Rajasthan, India - The group will be completing classrooms in a village school which will open educational opportunities for girls in this region. Their efforts, on the edge of the Rajasthani desert, will complete work that was started by an Appleby group last March.

- Uttaranchal, India - This group will continue with the next stage of a comprehensive rural village improvement scheme for a population of displaced tribal families. Work will include completion of a community centre and the initial building stages for a new home for one of the village's families.

- South Africa - Not only will this group compete in the annual Adventure Challenge for Schools-the only North American school to do so-they will also engage in a cultural service project in the Waterberg Biosphere reserve of South Africa, assisting in a soup kitchen in Vaalwater, and helping to improve conditions at a rural primary school for underprivileged school children. Adventure Challenge for Schools is a seven-day, multi-discipline event that leads teams through a 300-km route of South African rural terrain. The team is expected to mountain bike, hike, rock climb, kayak, raft and orienteer.

About Appleby College

Appleby College is an independent school for more than 740 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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