Advisory: Wake Forest students to help the poor over winter break
December 12, 2006
During winter break, while hundreds of Wake Forest University students will travel to Miami to cheer on the Demon Deacon football team at the Orange Bowl, more than 40 fellow students will travel to Vietnam, South America, India and the Gulf Coast to help those in need.
Eleven students will go to the Ben Tre Province in Vietnam to build a school. Twelve students will provide computer training to disadvantaged local citizens in the Kayamandi Township of South Africa. Eleven others will work among Mother Teresa’s Sisters of Mercy in Calcutta, India, and another seven will continue clean-up efforts in New Orleans and Mississippi. Faculty/staff advisors will accompany the students, and a few students from Salem College and Winston-Salem State University will participate.
Students participating in the three international trips will leave Dec. 26 and 27. Those traveling to the Gulf Coast will leave Jan. 2.
The university has hosted annual international service trips since 1994, when a Wake Forest student initiated a trip to Calcutta, India, to help Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity. Trips are held every year during winter and spring breaks.
The groups will be returning Jan. 12-13. Group representatives will be available for interviews after they return to campus.
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