ODU Travels to El Salvador for Spring Break Service Immersion Program
COLUMBUS, OH – In collaboration with Ohio Dominican University’s Campus Ministry, Office of Alumni Relations, the International Office and the Division for Student Development, more than 20 students, staff, alumna and friends particpated in the 2nd annual service program in San Salvador, the capital city of Central America country El Salvador from March 5 – 14, 2010.
The group worked with the Maryknoll Lay Missioners to help three of the impoverished rural communities outside of San Salvador by assisting with a water retention project, planting trees, building a child’s play area in a library, painting, and building a retention wall. The ODU group was the first to serve with the Maryknoll Lay Missioners in the small community of San Antonio whose residences have neither running water nor electricity.
“After such a rewarding and powerful experience last year, Ohio Dominican was proud to return to help serve the people of El Salvador. Many of the students have worked hard to be able to return to El Salvador to continue the work they began last spring” said Melissa Ochal, Director of the International Office.
ODU alumna Rose Crane ‘54 was eager to participate in this special trip with ODU students and staff, “When I saw the trip on the ODU Alumni Web site, I decided to check it out because I have always wanted to go on a service trip,” said Crane.
The International Office serves as a primary resource for achieving global education for both Ohio Dominican students and incoming international students. The primary areas of concentration for the International Office are study abroad program coordination, international student services and cultural programming.