Community Service Head to Caye Caulker for Spring Break
by Mallika Iyer on Thursday, March 8th, 2012
Instead of returning home like the majority of their peers, eleven Milton students will head to Belize to construct a new classroom for high school students at the Ocean Academy in Caye Caulker, Belize.
Caye Caulker, a small limestone coral reef situated in the Caribbean Sea, is twenty miles off the coast of Belize. Originally settled in 1847 by people of mixed Mayan and Spanish descent fleeing massacres across the Yucatan Peninsula, the island has now become a popular destination for tourists, especially backpackers.
The Milton students will be spending much of their time working with plaster and cement, building the add-on for the school. They will also be working directly with students, tutoring in math and reading, playing beach sports, and occasionally having lunch in their homes. This same trip to Belize was expected to take place last March, but unfortunately didn’t happen due to insufficient participation. Two years ago, students traveled to and worked in the Appalachia region.
The goal of each community service trip is to apply the ideals of weekly service commitments to a new setting for an extended period of time. The Community Service Board hopes that students travelling to Belize can really engage themselves in a community, form a lasting bond, and feel as though they have made a significant impact. They aim to exchange our help and services for a larger understanding of another part of the world.
In order to raise the $3000 needed for building supplies, the Belize-goers sold water and candy at every event from A Cappella Night to Dance Concert, as well as the purple Community Service shirts designed by the Community Service Board members. They also expect to buy souvenirs unique to Belize that can be sold upon return.
Completing the classroom will be an essential part of the experience but, aside from the main project, the students will also be sure to enjoy and experience the island through tourist activities such as a bike tour of the island, snorkeling off the reef, and spending time on the beach.
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