The College of Idaho is offering four service-learning opportunities this school year through Campus Ministries’ Potter’s Clay program. Campus Ministries will lead experiences in Mexico, Haiti, Ecuador and Caldwell.
“The purpose of service learning is two-fold,” said C of I campus minister Phil Rogers. “It’s an opportunity for students to make a difference in the world, but it’s also a very powerful thing to take part in. We’ve had more than 500 students participate in Potter’s Clay programs in the past 15 years. For many, it has been a life-altering experience.”
All C of I students, faculty and staff are invited to participate. People of all religious backgrounds are welcome. Applications for the three international trips are due no later than Oct. 29. Applications and additional information about each trip is available online at collegeofidaho.edu/campus-life/student-activities/campus-ministries/applications-and-forms.
Here is a brief synopsis of this year’s Potter’s Clay experiences:
Ensenada, Mexico: Set for Christmas break (Dec. 29 through Jan. 5), this trip will support an Ensenada orphanage called “Casa De Paz”. This trip can be funded through tax deductible donations. The approximate cost is $900 per person though actual costs will be reduced by group fundraising. The trip leader is CJ Watson. For more information, email [email protected].
Haiti: This trip will take place during winter term break (Feb. 2 through Feb. 10). The group will work with a local orphanage and school through Heartline Ministries, supporting after school programs, working with Haitian nannies and completing some small building projects for the school. This trip can be funded through tax deductible donations. The approximate cost is $1,600 per person though actual costs will be reduced by group fundraising. The trip leader is Baylee Borchers. For more information, email [email protected].
Ecuador: This trip also will take place during winter term break (Feb. 2-10). The C of I group will work with Rostro de Cristo (“Face of Christ”), an organization that serves the needs of the poor in many ways and regularly hosts student groups. The trip will be co-led by a C of I alumna who just spent a year with Rostro. This trip can be funded through tax deductible donations. The approximate cost is $1,900 per person though actual costs will be reduced by group fundraising. The trip leader is assistant campus minister Cindi Duft, who can be contacted for more information at [email protected].
Caldwell: This trip is scheduled during Spring Break (March 22 through March 25). This is an immersion experience that takes place off campus in conjunction with the City of Caldwell. While it does not involve overseas travel, this trip has been a rewarding and eye-opening experience for many past participants. The cost is $40 per person. For more information, contact Phil Rogers at [email protected].
If you cannot participate, but would like to support students with a financial donation please contact Phil Rogers at [email protected].
Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.