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A trip motto!

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16 DAYS UNTIL DEPARTURE!

-Rachel

About the Blogger – Rachel

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About the Blogger- Rachel Edition!

Hello all!

My name is Rachel, one of two bloggers that will be posting on this blog before and during our trip to Guatemala. I am a Sophomore here at University of Oshkosh. This semester I am in the middle of applying to the College of Nursing, and I will be finding out about the results of my application after our trip to Guatemala. I am really looking forward to this drastic change of pace, as this semester has been very stressful! (Understandably!) Many of my pre-nursing classmates were confused as to why I wanted to participate in a service trip on spring break instead of kicking back for a week.  I wanted to participate in this international trip because I believe it will offer me priceless experiences that will benefit me for many years to come. As a future nurse, I believe it is extremely important to have interactions with all walks of life, and this trip will definitely provide that. Other than this Alternative Spring Break trip, I participate in the Oshkosh Student Nurses’ Association. In my free time I work as a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Cerebral Palsy & Arc Respite House and Independent Living.  I volunteer in the community with CP&A, at the Oshkosh Area Humane Society, and at the Day by Day Warming Shelter. I  also enjoy reading and doing outdoor activities! (Hence the picture of me rafting on the Wolf River last summer!)

Most looking forward to: Warmer weather! Seeing new and different things. Trying some new foods. Making some lasting friendships. Souvenir shopping! Seeing Amanda carry a 150 lb bag of coffee beans!

Least looking forward to: The plane ride there and back. Needing to lather on sun protection every five minutes.

Need to purchase before trip: A HAT. I will MOST DEFINITELY be needing a hat.

As for packing, I’ve been stock piling things in a corner of my room for about two months. I will likely be writing a “What’s in MY Suitcase” post in the very near future!

Look forward to Marie’s ‘About the Blogger’ Post very soon!

18 DAYS!

 

Fundraising for ASB

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ASB Trivia event

For our first big fundraising venture, about a 1/3 of our group participated in the ASB trivia competition this past Saturday. 12 tables of about 8 participants each participated, with us ASB-ers as judges, table runners, and raffle workers. Two of our members were even on teams! The trivia contestants consisted of University faculty, students, and other community members. The trivia topics ranged from Geography, to this past years Olympics, to the Human Body. (Did you know babies have about 100 more bones than a grown adult!? I didn’t!) Those of us who were able to volunteer our time spent the night chatting about our expectations and packing lists in between rounds. It was a really great opportunity to get to know each other on a personal level prior to our upcoming trip! We were able to raise a lot of money, and some of the winners even donated their money back to us! All in all we raised around $1,700! But best and most important of all, we had a BLAST.

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Our Guatemala ASB members at Trivia Night!

If anyone is wanting to learn more about the organization we will be working with, ‘Like’ “As Green As It Gets” on Facebook!

 ONE MONTH AND THREE DAYS BEFORE OUR DEPARTURE!

-Rachel

Stay tuned for an ‘About the Bloggers’ Post and more updates about our upcoming trip!

Where will we be staying you ask?

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While in New Orleans, we will be staying at the Annunciation Mission.  The Annunciation Mission welcomes volunteers who come to New Orleans and help with this enormous rebuilding job – still overwhelming more than 7 years since the storm – of not just rebuilding homes, but rebuilding lives.  They take care of all of the details of our New Orleans Mission Trip, so that we can focus on good work.  For a more in-depth look at our home away from home during the week of March 16th-23rd, check out the Annunication mission’s website!

http://www.annunciationmission.org/Annunciation_Mission/Home.html

32 Days Until New Orleans!!!

Hi everyone!  My name is Taylor Moret, and I am the blogger responsible for maintaining the New Orleans page on the UW-Oshkosh Alternative Spring Break blog!   Our trip will be happening March 16th-23rd.  There will be 9 freshman students and 2 advisers from UWO going to New Orleans to partner with the St. Bernard Project.  While in New Orleans, we will be helping to make homes move-in ready for families whose homes were devastated by hurricanes.  We are all super stoked for the trip!  Refer to this page for pictures, stories, and much more!  Here is a video from our partner from the week, the St. Bernard Project.  Check it out to get an insight to what we will be doing while we are down South!

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