Spring Break sends students across the world, follow their blogs

Groups of Gettysburg College students will venture off campus in March to experience middle-school education in urban Baltimore, participate in World Model United Nations in Taipei, go inside politics in D.C. and learn firsthand about Haitians living in the Dominican Republic.

Tanya Smith '10 is leading an immersion project to the Dominican Republic. The project is titled "A Day in the Life of a Haitian" and has taken on added significance in light of the recent earthquake. Participants will be learning about Haitians working in the Dominican Republic, specifically on sugar cane farms. Participants will visit hospitals, an orphanage, a Batey or sugar cane village, and work on a service project while they are there.  As part of the immersion experience, students will discuss issues of social justice and hold nightly reflection sessions. Read the blog: http://immersionprojects.posterous.com/

As ambassadors of Gettysburg College, the International Affairs Association is sending a delegation of six students to Taipei, Taiwan for this year's worldmun (world model united nations) conference from the 13th - 20th of March, 2010.  Worldmun is a simulation of the decision making and diplomatic compromise that nations states make at the United Nations. Patrick Hughes '10, Gregory Penningtion '12, Tyler Geer '12, Brian Engelsma '12, Atlang Mompe '10 and Nikita La Cruz '13 will all be taking part in a week-long series of debate with counterparts from universities and colleges all over the world.  They will be representing Honduras in Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Committee (SOCHUM); Special, Political, and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL);  Historical General Assembly (HGA) respectively.  Worldmun is one of a series of conferences IAA attends every year. Read the blog: http://iaa.posterous.com/

Nine Gettysburg College students will spend Spring Break in Washington D.C. as part of the Inside Politics semester program. Students will meet with various individuals including Senior Editor of Politico David Mark, political consultant Tucker Eskew, US senate candidate Roger Williams, and political commentator for NPR and Fox News, Juan Williams. Read their blog and follow them on twitter.

Students in EDUC 220/IDS 322: Urban Education are traveling to Baltimore where they will be teaching after-school programs, shadowing middle-school students and get a chance to apply their theoretical learning in a practical way. The trip complements classroom study of historical, economic and cultural aspects of urban education as well as school reform models. Plans include visits to schools and a panel discussion with urban teachers. Read the blog: http://gbcurbaned2010.posterous.com/

Posted: Thu, 4 Mar 2010

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