Sixteen students from the Lundquist College honors program spent their spring break at the end of March in Costa Rica, working side by side with the people of El Higueron to build a basketball court for the rural community.
The project was facilitated through Courts for Kids, the Pacific Northwest-based nonprofit that sends teams of volunteers to build sports courts for economically disadvantaged communities all over the world.
To raise money for the trip, the students held a raffle and reached out to local businesses for sponsorship. Additional funds became available when Courts for Kids connected the students with a sponsor that matched the dollars they raised on their own.
This is the second year in a row that honors program students have gone abroad on a service project. Could this be the start of an annual tradition? Trip organizer Brigette Auld '13 certainly hopes so. "I think trip will be a true success if just one of the participants comes home and says 'Okay, I want to start planning a trip for next year. Let's get going!'" said Auld.
Download details about the project in El Higueron and view a video about last year's Guatemala study tour.