WFU students to serve the poor in other countries
By Pam Barrett
Four Wake Forest University student groups will spend a portion of their winter recess serving the poor and disadvantaged in other countries. This year, 47 student volunteers and seven faculty or staff advisors will travel to India, Honduras, Costa Rica and Vietnam.
Wake Forest's City of Joy Scholars Program will take 11 student volunteers to Calcutta, India (called the City of Joy), Dec. 27 through Jan. 9 to help the Missionaries of Charity change beds, bathe patients, clean wards and feed and comfort the sick and dying.
Twelve other Wake Forest students will travel to the Lam Dong Province in Vietnam Dec. 27 through Jan. 9 with the university's Peacework Ambassadors Program to help build a school in a poor, rural village near Dalat.
From Jan. 2 to Jan. 10, the Wake Forest Catholic Campus Ministry will send 12 Wake Forest students and one Salem College student to work with Nicaraguan refugees in Alajuelita, Costa Rica. The students will help paint a school and volunteer with children's programs.
Ten other Wake Forest students will participate in the Honduras Outreach Project and Exchange (HOPE), which began in 1997 with the help of Honduras Outreach Inc., a private organization based in Decatur, Ga.
The HOPE Scholars will be in Honduras from Jan. 2 to Jan. 9 to work on construction projects that will help improve the quality of life in the Agalta Valley, an extremely poor, undeveloped region with the highest infant mortality rate in Honduras.
All of Wake Forest's international service trips are student initiated and student led. The trips began in 1994 through the efforts of a Wake Forest student who had visited India, met Mother Teresa and worked among her Missionaries of Charity.
The City of Joy and HOPE trips are sponsored by Wake Forest's Student Development office and the Volunteer Service Corps. The Costa Rica trip is sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte and the Wake Forest Catholic Campus Ministry. The Peaceworks Ambassador's trip is sponsored by the Pro Humanitate Center and the Lilly Grant.
NOTE TO THE EDITOR: Student Flight information is below. To arrange coverage contact the News Service at 336-758-5237.
Wake Forest University's International Student Trips
City of Joy Scholars Program, Calcutta, India:
Honduras Outreach Project and Exchange, Agalta Valley, Honduras:
Costa Rica Trip, Alajuelita, Costa Rica:
Peacework Ambassadors, Can Tho Province, Vietnam: