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St. Lawrence College students to work with kids and families in Ecuador

2011-03-09

Eleven third year students, two graduates, two faculty members from the Kingston Child and Youth Worker program, and the Dean of Arts, are travelling to Ecuador to help in community development initiatives. The team leaves Canada on March 13 and will return on March 27. The students will be taking an active role in the school building process, while also facilitating therapeutic games and activities to kids in Chimborazo Province, a rural mountain community in Ecuador.

The trip was organized by faculty members, Brian Wilcock and Colleen McAlister-Lacombe and is the first international trip for students in the CYW program. The group is working in conjunction with Me to We Trips, a charity partner of Free the Children, the world’s largest children-helping-children-through-education network, with more than one million youth involved in their innovative education and development programs in 45 countries. To date, Free The Children has built more than 650 schools and schoolrooms around the world.

"This invaluable experience will provide our students and faculty with the opportunity to get a first-hand look at poverty, the challenges of insufficient education around the world, and to use what they have learned in the CYW program in real-life situations," said Robin Hicks, Associate Dean, School of Community Services at St. Lawrence College.

Acquiring advocacy skills is an integral part of the CYW curriculum, according to third year student, Laura Truesdell. "We are honored to have the opportunity to practice advocacy on a global scale. This will be a life changing experience for us, as we get a first-hand look at how poverty and lack of access to education impact the children of Ecuador. We will work alongside their community to instil hope for their future. The skills learned will be transferable, and we look forward to sharing our insights with family, friends, colleagues, clients, and our community."

This trip was made possible by student fundraising , donations from families, the business community, and generous bursaries for each student from the Extraordinary Learning Opportunities Fund with support from The St. Lawrence College Foundation.

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Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College, Communications
613-544-5400, ext. 1291


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