Davidson Social Tourism Trip 2011 - Details and Application
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Following the heels of a successful trip last year, Davidson College students Zach Bondurant and Anna Stringfield will lead a student trip to visit BECA's base of operations in Cofradia, Honduras this Spring. The trip will take place during Davidson's 2011 Spring break (Feb. 26 through Mar. 5) and will accommodate 10 to 15 students.
The trip, modeled after BECA's previous social tourism trips (read about them: Davidson 2010 and UVA 2009), will give Davidson students the opportunity to see and participate in BECA's cultural exchange first-hand. Students will have the opportunity to assist in San Jeronimo Bilingual School's classrooms, work on a building improvement project, travel to the Mayan ruins of Copan, and live with a low-income Honduran family.
BECA has a strong connection with Davidson College. BECA's Executive Director, Laurence Birdsey, was a 2004 graduate of Davidson and other BECA teaching alumni include Anna Hickman (Davidson '06) and Anderson Heston (Davidson '05). Additionally, trip leader Anna Stringfield worked this past Summer in Cofradia as a camp counselor. "A social tourism trip of Davidson students was a natural fit, given the service-minded students that Davidson attracts as well as the overlapping alumni pool," says Birdsey.
To apply for this trip, you must fill out the electronic application below and submit it by Saturday October 9 at noon. Trip participants will be selected and notified no later than October 13. Interested Davidson students should attend an informational session presented by Anna Stringfield and Zach Bondurant on ??? in Alvarez ??? from ?:00 until ?:30. Participating students will be expected to play a role in the planning stages of the trip. Additionally, though students will be responsible for their portion of the trip's cost, the group may elect to do collective fundraisers in order to defray costs. Finally, individual students may be eligible for grants through different on-campus entities (e.g. Dean Rusk).