Ten students from Louisiana’s community and technical colleges, including Delgado Community College, recently returned home from a seven-day international service learning experience in Cartago, Costa Rica. The purpose of the trip was to expose and engage students in the differences in educational and socioeconomic challenges facing other nations and to allow students the opportunity to explore other pressing issues of global concern. The students were also challenged to view such issues from a perspective outside the borders of the United States.
“Traveling to Costa Rica was a once in a lifetime opportunity for our students,” said Monty Sullivan, president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. “The academic and workforce training our students are receiving in globally competitive fields prepared them to share and apply what they've learned, with the citizens of Cartago. They gained an appreciation of international perspectives in an immersive learning environment that will have a lasting impact.”
In association with Cartago Community College and Cross Cultural Solutions, an international volunteer program, the students volunteered at a local orphanage, elementary school, and hospital. During the week, students taught conversational English and celebrated and learned about the Costa Rican culture among other activities.
“My life has forever been changed,” said Tessa McGee, a student at Baton Rouge Community College. “Having the opportunity to help and positively impact so many people both school-age children and adults is an experience I will never forget.”
Students attending were:
Delgado Community College
Baton Rouge Community College
Kara St. Cyr
Northshore Technical Community College
South Louisiana Community College
Southwest Louisiana Technical Community College