Students utilize Spring Break to develop new perspectives around the world

A student interviews a resident in Costa Rica.

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Journalism students conducted interviews and learned more about sustainability efforts during a recent trip to Costa Rica.

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everal Quinnipiac students took advantage of their Spring Break this year by continuing their educations and expanding classroom learning around the world.

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Students work with area residents to install a pole.

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Students work with area residents in the the Dominican Republic.

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Six undergraduate students and one medical school student traveled to the University for Peace as part of Quinnipiac’s Costa Rica Global Solidarity Program. Students met with local community organizations that focus on sustainable farming and fishing benefitting Nicaraguan immigrant communities. 

Eight students in Professor Margarita Diaz’s Telling Global Stories course also traveled to Ciudad Colón, Costa Rica. While enrolled in this course, students spent eight days conducting interviews regarding a fisherman’s cooperative where they learned more about sustainable practices, taking photos of an organic coffee farm and shooting videos of a community organization working with Nicaraguan refugees in San José. All journalism efforts of the course are published on tellingglobalstories.org. 

Three medical students and eight occupational therapy, physical therapy and nursing alumni traveled with Dr. Maureen Helgren to Guatemala where they facilitated the second annual camp for children with special needs as well as meeting with and learning alongside medical students and faculty from Francisco Marroquín University. 

Twelve students and three professors in the STEM education program also traveled to Guatemala to participate in the weekend camp facilitated by Dr. Helgren. While there, the students led a science fair for fifth- and sixth-grade students. 

Six undergraduate students and two professors traveled to Santiago, Dominican Republic to take part in the second annual Global Solidarity Program. Students engaged with local university students where they learned about sustainable energy and lighting projects that are being implemented into the community. The program enabled students to build and install four solar powered light posts throughout Batey Baraguana, a community that struggles to access electricity. The lighting fixtures use rechargeable batteries, LED lights, solar panels and recycled bottles – estimated to last for eight to 10 years.