Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Service Learning in Haiti

Very interesting meeting the other night.  I had a chance to meet up with Kevin Melanson, a fellow ATC who shared his experiences taking athletic training students to Haiti this past summer.  It was his first trip, and he plans on returning again this winter.   You can actually read about his experience here.

Some pictures of his students:

I can't tell you how refreshing and uplifting listening to his story was for me personally.  Having advocated or the inclusion of service learning for some time, it sure is nice to see.  I heard so many similar experiences, thoughts, revelations, etc.  All I could really do was smile!  Experiences like this always remind me of  a lingering question:   Why isn't service learning mandated as part of a core curriculum?  As part of a general education requirement, this could easily be infused into all US Colleges & Universities.  There is a need EVERYWHERE, here and abroad.

At any rate, keep up the great work Kevin!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the support Ben! Your work in the Dominican Republic has been an amazing example for us to follow.

    *The students in the picture are Mollie Fitzgerald (left) and Chelsea Jacoby. Our experience providing athletic training services in Haiti would not have been a success without their hard work and dedication to the project!