Senegal Immersion Trip
Working with Trees for the Future to help end extreme poverty
The Senegal Immersion Trip (August 6 - 16, 2017) is an excellent opportunity for students to help end hunger and extreme poverty with Trees for the Future. The trip will take place during planting season, giving students the opportunity to help plant thousands of trees. Students will be assigned a family and get hands-on experience helping with work in the field and at home. Students will also work with Trees for the Future personnel and Peace Corps volunteers.
Observe Through Shadowing
Students will be assigned to a family and get hands-on experience helping their families with work in the field and at home.
Uncover Truth Through Inquiry
Students will learn to use participatory exercises such as community mapping, daily and seasonal calendars, and needs assessments to better support the local community.
This Senegal learning experience will be rooted in values shared with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Students will:
- Reflect on Ignatian Spirituality
- Understand a new sense of community
- Embody simple living and learn a new understanding of needs vs. wants
- Make a plan to achieve social justice
Define a Vision for the Future
Students reflect and determine how they can use their strengths and skills to contribute to a common purpose as they develop a global consciousness.
Implement a Plan for Change
Students practice and learn professional skills, such as effective communication strategies and project management skills, to make their intended change.
"Trees for the Future (TREES) is ending hunger and extreme poverty for farmers in developing nations.
Through our 'Forest Garden Approach' we train farmers to plant and manage Forest Gardens that sustainably feed families and raise their incomes by 400%. We receive donations to implement our work in areas where we can have the greatest impact.
I am honored to be able to work with Prep students to make an immediate difference in the lives of impoverished people, and to enrich the students with lessons they'll carry forward."
- John Leary '96, Executive Director