September 28, 2010
|A student in Guatemala during a spring break 2010 Immersions trip|
The front page of the Rollins website features a large photo of a young man with his arms out overlooking a historical monument with the caption, "Connect to people and ideas that open your world." Rollins' Offices of Community Engagement and Student Involvement and Leadership offer students the opportunity to do just that through their upcoming immersion trips.
The immersions span a week or a weekend, depending on the program, and expose students to issues facing the community through total cultural immersions focused on community service and engagement. The immersions, which are based on the Rollins mission in educating students for global citizenship and responsible leadership, are a great chance for students to educate themselves about the issues facing communities in the 21st century. The goal of the immersions is to take action against critical, cultural, social, political and structural conflicts surrounding us.
"The Immersion Program looks to remove students from their comfort zones and expose them to real-world issues that cause them to think and explore the issues of both their local community and their nation. From my experience, the immersions have released me from my ignorance and delivered me to my passions," said Lucas Hernandez (Class of 2013).
The immersions take place all over Florida under the supervision of trained staff and student site leaders and include need-based projects identified by community agencies and Rollins. Two upcoming immersion opportunities are on the horizon; the first is in St. Petersburg, Fla. with Habitat for Humanity, taking place October 15-17, and the second on the Gulf Coast November 12-14. Applications for the October trip are due September 30 by 5 p.m. to Lucas Hernandez (firstname.lastname@example.org), and for more information regarding the Gulf Coast Immersion, students should contact Meredith Hein (email@example.com). The immersions are available to all members of the Rollins community, although spots are limited and participants will be chosen based on their submitted applications.
OCE and OSIL offer funding for student organizations interested in hosting immersion experiences related to service-learning, social justice and leadership development. Student organizations interested in applying for Immersion funding may contact Jerrid Kalakay (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Meredith Hein (email@example.com). To learn more about the Immersion Program, visit rollins.edu/communityengagement/immersions.html.
By Sarah Hartman (Class of 2011)