L’Arche Mexico Day 5 & 6

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We started our last couple days earlier than normal. We got up about an hour earlier than normal, ate breakfast as a group, then we were off to join the core members at the El Arca workshop for the day! El Arca Workshop The El Arca core members go to the workshop during the day […]

L’Arche Mexico Day 4

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We started our day with an impromptu cultural conversation shared over warm cups of coffee, yogurt, granola, and toast. Shortly after breakfast we prepared for our first service activity of the day; planting in the garden. Time in the Garden . . . Our group began by weeding the front beds of the El Arca […]

Day 1: Monday (Exploring Detroit)

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Today we had a free day to explore Detroit before starting some service tomorrow! We had a relaxing morning, packed some lunch, and headed to Belle Isle Park. Belle Isle is a 982 acre park in the Detroit river with multiple attractions such as museums and various education centers. We parked, hiked around parts of […]

A Truly Transformational Experience: Detroit Edition

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This past spring break, I was lucky enough to go on an ABST. ABST stands for “Alternative Break Service Trips” that Gannon University has held for many years. These trips are meticulously planned beforehand in order to provide students with the best experiences possible in service and learning. I chose to go on an ABST […]

First World Problems: Reflections in Preparation for Haiti

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As much as I hate to admit it at times… I am a total millennial. Slow wifi, lack of social media and cold showers are some of my least favorite things. We are all used to these simple luxuries. For instance, when I moved into my apartment in late August this year I was horrified […]

National and international opportunities for break

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For many of us, spring break plans are not a priority during October.  There’s still so much time before break next semester and other activities to look forward to before then. However, for some students, it’s all they’re thinking about as they make plans to take an Alternative Break Service Trip (ABST.) Alternative Break Service […]