The following Service Trips are planned for the 2013-2014 academic year:
Social Issue: Working with Children
Students will be working with Give Kids the World, located near the theme parks in Kissimmee, FL. Give Kids the World provides children with life-threatening illnesses and their families an unforgettable week-long, cost-free vacation. For more information on the work we will be doing, please visit www.gktw.org/
Social Issue: Environmental Awareness
So close to home, yet worlds away. For this trip, we will be focusing on ecological awareness relating to Everglades restoration and removal of invasive species. We will be learning about how fragile the Everglades are and how vital it is to South Florida. For more information on Everglades National Park, please visit www.nps.gov/ever/.
Social Issue: Social Rebuilding
Years after Hurricane Katrina, the rebuilding continues. We partner with Camp Restore which sponsors a variety of projects around the New Orleans area and paints a picture for us of a region in need. In previous years, we’ve worked a horse ranch along the Mississippi River, a community center that was under 25 feet of water during the storm, the camp itself, and various housing locations around the city. For more information on the camp and the role that it plays in New Orleans, please visit http://camprestore.org/.
Social Issue: Poverty and Social Awareness
For this trip, we will be working with the University Area Community Development Corporation (UACDC) and their program, Paint the Town which works to revitalize in need areas around the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County. The area they work in is plagued by high crime, poverty, and a lack of basic resources for decades and UACDC seeks to change that. Join in the effort by learning more about the Tampa Bay area and the needs that exist. For more information on the University Area Community Development Corporation, please visit www.uacdc.org/index.php/about.
Social Issue: Environmental Awareness
Just like the Everglades, the Florida Keys are also a very fragile ecosystem. This small island chain south of the Florida Peninsula is home to a wide variety of plant and wildlife but faces an ever increasing amount of danger. We will be working with Bahia Honda State Park (located near Marathon.) For information on the park itself, please visit http://bahiahondapark.com/.
Social Issue: International Poverty Awareness
High in the Blue Mountain region of Jamaica, above Kingston, Hagley Gap is a small agricultural community that thrives on coffee cultivation. This region however, is one of the most in-need in the country. We partner with Blue Mountain Project to work in the primary schools in the area as well as providing 1:1 interaction between NSU students and the local community for arts and crafts, athletic activities, and much more. For more information on Blue Mountain Project and the role they play in the region at www.bluemountainproject.org/.
Previous Service Trips
For more information about previous locations we have served in, click on the links below:
From May 6-13, NSU students took a trip without comparison. They travelled to Guyana to help put together a library for students in a village outside of Georgetown, Guyana’s capital. Click here to read the blog from the Guyana trip.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Jacksonville
From February 1-3, 2013, NSU students from main campus and the NSU Jacksonville campus, together worked with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Jacksonville in lending hands to the community.
Jamaica Summer Experience
Students traveled to Penlyne Castle, St. Thomas Parish, Jamaica from May 5-12, 2013 to work with Blue Mountain Project in the mountains above Kingston. Participants worked with children at a local primary school providing arts and crafts activities, 1:1 instruction and homework help, and also learning about what it means to live in such a remote area.
From March 29-31, 2013, NSU students worked with the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to clean-up beaches along the Florida Keys as well as kayak out into the adjacent waters and remove trash from the water. On this trip, they had a chance to explore the famed Duval Street in the central area of Key West.
From Oct. 14-16, 2011, NSU students traveled to Key West to work with the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary on Boca Chica Key, just outside of the Naval Air Station Key West.
From March 3-5, 2012, NSU students served their local South Florida community at a childcare center, performing outdoor maintenance to improve the play area.
Habitat for Humanity of New Orleans - Victims of Hurricane Katrina
From March 3-9, 2013, NSU students traveled to New Orleans to partner with Habitat for Humanity to build a house for victims of Hurricane Katrina. This has become one of our signature trips as students to help rebuilding the community eight years after the storm. They had the opportunity to experience the culture, the spirit, and the life, that is NOLA.
From March 4-10, 2012, NSU students travelled to New Orleans to help build a house for survivors of Hurricane Katrina.