6 reasons applying for TRIPS will enrich your life

As a St. Norbert College student, you have the opportunity to apply for TRIPS: an alternative break program that seeks to serve the needs of communities across the country and the globe. The experiences of past participants demonstrate how TRIPS can be life-changing for you!

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International Poverty: A TRIPS Story

marisa.strothenkeSenior Marisa Strothenke isn’t afraid to admit that preparing for her trip to St. Lucia, West Indies was a little bit scary. Although Marisa has been a part of the TRIPS program at St. Norbert College since her sophomore year, participating in both the Poverty and Homelessness trip to Washington D.C. and the Affordable Housing trip to Little Rock, Arkansas, she wasn’t exactly sure what to expect this time around. She explains, “Trying to lead a group of students to a foreign country that you have never been to is really intimidating.”

Luckily for Marisa, she was able to find comfort in the  partner organization she was traveling with. She claims that Good News Project, who helped her prepare for the trip before her departure, treated her and her TRIPS group like family. “They were truly there for us,” she emphasizes. Marisa also credits her TRIPS group for being positive through all of the concerns they faced. She says, “They walked with me every step of the way and had my back through everything.”

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Environmental Justice Issues

 

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Written by Liz Groth

These days we hear a lot about global warming, recycling, and clean energy sources, but just how important is it to go green? Seniors Malorie Imhoff and Amanda Janse-Vreeling both have quite a bit to say about the matter. Recently, the two St. Norbert College women participated in a TRIPS environmental issues program which took place in Watersmeet, Michigan. While on this trip, Malorie and Amanda had the opportunity to serve alongside conservationists to prevent the spread of a non-native invasive plant species called glossy buckthorn. Although the trip only lasted for a weekend, both women returned back to campus with fond memories and a much greater appreciation for the environment.

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Living Simply in South Carolina – A TRIPS Reflection

Last month, eight St. Norbert students spent their spring break serving in South Carolina through an organization called Christmas in Action. This alternative break was part of St. Norbert’s TRIPS (Turning Responsibility Into Powerful Service) program. Christmas In Action is a non-profit organization whose vision is to assist in the prevention of substandard housing. They achieve this vision by remodeling homes of the elderly, disabled, and otherwise disadvantaged. The St. Norbert group worked on home repair projects alongside other volunteers and community partners. The trip was led by Emily Vetter. Below is a reflection of their time in South Carolina. Continue reading

The Worth of Each Human Being – A TRIPS Reflection

This past week, five St. Norbert women spent their spring break serving through the TRIPS alternative break program with the L’Arche community in Clinton, Iowa. L’Arche is a Christian community of people with developmental disabilities and those who share life with them. Their mission is to create a welcoming environment, to appreciate the unique gifts of each person and to respond to each individual’s needs. The L’Arche trip, known as “The Arch”, was led by St. Norbert senior, Kendra Wauters. Below is a reflection of their time in Iowa. Continue reading

A Passion for Teaching – A TRIPS Reflection

This January, TRIPS (Turning Responsibility into Powerful Service) leaders Katie Stewart ‘14 and Katherine Spude ‘14 headed down to Milwaukee with their participants. Students worked side-by-side with teachers who graduated from SNC and learned about the school system in Milwaukee. The trip participants had the incredible opportunity to gain a hands-on classroom teaching experience. Below is a reflection by Urban Education TRIP Leader, Katherine Spude ‘14. Continue reading

“Poverty is the worst form of violence.” – A TRIPS Reflection

As part of the St. Norbert College alternative break TRIPS Program (Turning Responsibility into Powerful Service), Lindsey Osgood ‘14 – along with five other St. Norbert students – traveled to the island of St. Lucia, West Indies this past month. The trip was focused on international poverty and the group partnered with the Good News Project of Wausau, WI. Service included home construction, painting, craft work, music, medical care, and visiting homes and prisons. The participants left on January 3rd and returned on the 17th. Below is a reflection by participant, Lindsey Osgood. Continue reading