Feb 27 2014
Vanderbilt’s spring break volunteer programs to Latin America shattered records last spring with nearly 200 students traveling to the region. The trend continues for spring 2014, with interest in these programs growing steadily. Given the variety of both program description and location, it is not surprising that the programs are attracting more and more students each year. Manna Project alone has 12 spring break trips planned to locations throughout the region, including Guatemala, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, and Belize. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Manna Project, a student-led service organization that has gained international recognition for its impact on universities at home and communities abroad. As a brainchild of former Vanderbilt Alternative Spring Break participants, Manna is a testament to the compassion, collaboration, and potential that characterize such excursions.
Alternative Spring Break continues its incredible service with trips this year to the border of Mexico and Nicaragua, and Project Pyramid boasts sites in both Haiti (The Haiti Outreach Project) and Guatemala (Nutri +). Project Pyramid exemplifies the interdisciplinary cooperation that CLAS works to foster across the university. Project Pyramid’s overarching goal is to alleviate poverty through three pillars of sustained partnerships, education, and responsive action by bringing together Vanderbilt graduate, professional, and undergraduate students from a variety of disciplines.