Michael Klein '14
Co-Chair of the Red Cross Club
Majors: Economics & Geography
Hometown: Chappaqua, NY
The CCESP team — comprised of Dartmouth undergraduates, medical students from the Geisel School of Medicine, faculty and professionals — travel to the Siuna area in Nicaragua. CCESP fields two teams: the Clinical Health team that focuses on medical services, and then Community Development Team that focuses on infrastructure development and agricultural work. The team provides service in these areas by focusing resources on concerns determined by members in the host community. The trip is coordinated by students in partnership with Bridges to Community, a non-profit organization with a long history of service work in Nicaragua. Students benefit educationally from working with Dartmouth professionals and Nicaraguan community members toward a common goal.
E-mail the CCESP-Nicaragua Program with questions.
ASB Service Trips are student-led and place teams of students in international and domestic U.S. communities to engage in community service for 10 days. Students perform short-term projects for community agencies and learn about issues such as literacy, poverty, racism, hunger, homelessness and the environment.
Email the Alternative Spring Break Program with questions.
Short term service trip (two days, one overnight) to Boston during the winter interim, specifically for international Dartmouth undergraduates. Help out at homeless shelter, cook a meal for a hungry family, make a difference and get to see Boston!
Sort of the perception that we sometimes get from students, other students on campus when you ask, “Oh, you know, what are you gonna be doing for your spring break,” and we say, “Oh, we’re- well, we’re gonna be working with some women’s centers in Juarez, Mexico that has the highest homicide rate on the western hemisphere,” they’re like, “Oh, well, there you go trying to save the world again.” And I really think that this comment sort of takes away from what students are really trying to get at during these projects or community service trips. It’s in ten days, who can truly save the world? That’s impossible. Really what students are trying to do within this limited period of time that they have in between their academic studies is let people know that, you know, American citizens do care and that they are basically trying to learn from them what they do on a regular basis, how their lives, you know, compare to our lives, how does my life affect their life, how do my actions affect their daily lives or perceptions of the U.S., perceptions of American citizens? So basically, I think that’s what these trips are trying to get at more is to create and establish bonds between different types of human beings so that you can find not only- I wouldn’t say not necessarily a common ground, but to see how your actions affect their actions, how their actions affect you.
Last Updated: 8/1/13