It’s Spring Break–That Must Mean Service!

Over the next few days spring service trips will be departing from George School. Students and faculty will be traveling together to France, Mississippi, Nicaragua, South Africa, and Washington DC. You can read updates from the trips right here on the blog and learn about the fun and important work our students are completing.

Learn more about each of the trips below:

Started in 1957, this relationship represents the longest running student exchange program between a US and a French high school. George School students work as teachers’ assistants in a variety of educational settings and live with local host families. A trip to Paris is one of the highlights. Students also join their host families for local sightseeing. French students, in turn, visit George School several weeks later.

Students work with Habitat for Humanity helping to build affordable houses along with those who lack adequate shelter in Northern Mississippi. The group also enjoys potluck dinners with current and future Habitat homeowners and other members of the community. Students build relationships with the community as they build homes. There also are opportunities to explore local sites of interest in northern Mississippi.

Students work as teachers’ assistants in our sister school in Barrio Riguero, a working-class Managua neighborhood. Other service opportunities may include repairing and upgrading
schools and health clinics in impoverished areas. Students stay with host families who speak very little or no English. Cultural excursions typically involve visits to artisan markets, and historic sites, as well as the lakes and volcanoes for which Nicaragua is known.

South Africa
The South Africa service project immerses students in a cross cultural exchange with families from different communities in Capetown. Students will volunteer at an elementary and middle school during the day and assist at an orphanage in the afternoon. The orientation will include a review of the U.S. civil rights movement and conclude with an intense study of civil rights and apartheid in South Africa. Students will end their service by visiting the apartheid museum in Johannesburg.

Washington DC
Students volunteer at Martha’s Table, SOME (So Others Might Eat), DC Central Kitchen, and a local mission. Using Hostelling International as home base, students will have the opportunity to visit museums and explore our nation’s capital.

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