Drewids Use Their Spring Break to Serve Others

March 15, 2019




















Every year Drew students are offered the opportunity to spend their spring break on an alternative trip supported by the Volunteer Research Center on campus. This year, students who volunteered were able to travel out-of-country to Mexico or out-of-state to Kentucky in order to tour and experience the culture and volunteer their time toward helping the local communities. Here is what Drew students who went on the trip had to say about their Alternative Spring Break experiences.


Mason Scher (‘20) traveled to: Merida, Mexico


What was your spring break trip like? What did you do?

I traveled with the Volunteer Resource Center and 11 other Drew students to Merida, Mexico on an alternative Spring Break trip. In addition to touring the city, learning how to cook traditional Mayan food and visiting gorgeous local sinkholes (cenotes), we spent time with children in a hospital, at a daycare center, a community center and a school.

What was your favorite part of the trip?

On our last day, we worked at a school where we started an impromptu dance party during lunch. This turned into a 2-hour dance marathon that the teachers enjoyed almost as much as us and the kids!

Do you have anything else you want to add?

This trip was made possible through the Volunteer Resource Center, whose mission is to provide Drew students with affordable opportunities to travel and engage in service work. These service trips count as off-campus experiences, so be on the lookout next year for opportunities over winter break, spring break, and summer break!


Anne Marie Labrutto (‘19) and Karina D’Eletto (‘19) traveled to: Harlan, Kentucky


What was your spring break trip like? What did you do?

Karina: We went to Harlan, Kentucky and participated in service projects while learning about coal mining in the area.

What was your favorite part of the trip?

Anne Marie: Honestly, getting to see how life is down there because there are a lot of stereotypes surrounding Kentucky and Harland is one of the poorest counties in America. Getting to go down there and exist in their plane of existence, going on the hikes there and doing service projects helped us to understand what it’s like to be in coal country in this day and age.

KD: I 100 percent agree. My favorite part was the service projects, and that we met a lot of people that we got close to from Drew and worked together with on the service projects.

What projects did you do?

AM: We cleaned up trash on the side of a mountain pass, which has been accumulating for decades; went to Virginia to build mountain biking trails and we went to a homeless shelter that has been in Hartland since the early 2000s called Christ’s Hands.

Do you have anything else you want to add?

AM: Getting to know people was a lot of fun!

KD: Also there were students from Appalachian State University there too, and it was fun meeting kids from another area that were our age. I would recommend people to do the trip in the future. It was moving, and getting to know the people from Drew who went was really changing.

Interested in taking a service trip next spring break? Contact the Volunteer Research Center at vrc@drew.edu.



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