Students from two area universities chose not only to travel this summer, but to travel and serve others.
East Texas Baptist University students took a trip to Alaska in June for a youth leadership training conference after an earlier trip to Belize.
Meanwhile, LeTourneau University offers facility-led Global Service Learning Projects during the summers, and in July, nursing students ventured to Central America to address the health care education needs of Buckner Family Hope Center clientele and clinics in Guatemala.
"One of the coolest parts about the trip was just seeing how we could be a part of an ongoing mission that was already there," LeTourneau University senior Hannah Campbell, a nursing student, said. "Getting to see the work and the change that was happening in the lives of these kids through the long-term effects of being involved in Buckner and seeing how we could be a part of that a help support their mission there, that was probably one of the most fulfilling things for me."
Students conducted several types of teaching sessions and presentations, including drug prevention, sex education, nutrition and hygiene classes for the women and teenagers that Buckner International serves.
Each student developed a poster in Spanish, which they used as teaching aids to instruct families, mothers, teenagers and community health workers in Guatemala, said Kristina Ibitayo, an assistant professor of nursing at the university. The students left the posters there.
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