Belize Service-Learning Trip Offers Interfaith Experience

Seven Hendrix College students and three recent graduates traveled to Belize May 13-19 for a cross-cultural service-learning experience. The trip to the Collet neighborhood of Belize City focused on serving the children of the Muslim Community Primary School while fostering a cooperative spirit in an interfaith context.

Working under the direction of a two-person Belizean construction crew, the group from Hendrix helped the Muslim Primary School begin building a pavilion so the children—all of whom must eat their lunches outside—will have a covered place to eat, out of the sun and protected from the rain. Some Hendrix group members also taught lessons in the school’s lower grades, and those who did not teach in the classroom joined in on the fun during recess. In addition to interacting directly with the children, participants spoke with teachers from other schools, representatives from the Ministry of Education, and leaders of various nonprofit initiatives.   MORE

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