The purpose of the service immersion trips is to provide Babson students with opportunities to engage in intensive service experiences with communities in need during campus breaks, and through reflective activities, promote civic engagement, leadership development, and appreciation of diversity. The program challenges students to participate in an extended and intensive service experience during the college's winter, and spring breaks. These experiential learning opportunities help students develop a sense of personal identity and community, as well as an understanding of important societal issues, while helping others who are in need of assistance. Each trip provides the opportunity to meet new people, visit new places, and learn new skills. Service Immersion can be a very rewarding, and sometimes, life changing experience.
Habitat for Humanity
During winter break of every year, students, staff, and faculty travel to domestic locations to help displaced families in need of affordable housing. Babson community members spend a week alongside the partner Habitat for Humanity hosts building family homes from the ground up. Over the last several years, the focus has been mainly on Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita relief work in Louisiana and Mississippi. Last year the destination was Indian River, Florida.
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Travel dates to Vero Beach, Florida: January 13-19, 2019 (winter break)
Since 2007, every spring and summer Babson faculty, staff, and students participate in Habitat for Humanity International trips to El Salvador. Babson volunteers have built homes in the cities of Santa Ana, San Salvador, and La Paz. Most recently Babson has started an entrepreneurship program in a small village in Ahuachapan, where volunteers teach entrepreneurial leadership skills. Both programs are week long immersion trips where volunteers will learn about the community and culture and participate in building homes and teaching entrepreneurship.
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Travel dates to Ahuachapan, El Salvador: March 16-23, 2019 (spring break)
The Gulf coast trip over spring break will coordinate with Prof. Winrich’s 2 credit Rebuilding from Disasters course to look at the area 11 years after Hurricane Katrina made landfall. While we are in and around New Orleans, we will study the changes made in rebuilding after Katrina and how those changes make the area more resilient to hurricanes.
Class schedule: TBD
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Travel dates to New Orleans, Louisiana: March 16-23, 2019 (spring break)
Babson Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy (BELA)
As part of Babson's mission to educate entrepreneurial leaders who create great economic and social value everywhere, each January a Babson team of volunteers, including students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends, travels to the Ganako School in Karatu, Tanzania to teach the BELA program. This one-week, intensive programs, works with approximately 100 high school students, teaching them the basics of ET&A™.
In addition to teaching the group will spend 2 days on Safari and will explore the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National park.
As part of Babson's mission to educate entrepreneurial leaders who create great economic and social value everywhere, a Babson team of volunteers, including students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends, travels to the Antigua, Guatemala to teach the BELA program. This one-week, intensive programs, works with approximately 50 high school students, teaching them the basics of ET&A™.
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