Marlins Give Back, Get Active This Spring Break

03-24-2015

Spring Break is generally thought of as a time for rest and relaxation, but this March many Virginia Wesleyan students used their time off as a chance to give back, gain knowledge and get active. As part of its Alternative Spring Break program, VWC’s Office of Community Service gave students the chance to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads from March 18-21. Seven students worked on a build project in Norfolk as part of the ongoing year-long celebration honoring the College’s 25-year partnership with the organization. Six students accompanied VWC Chaplain Greg West on the annual Nicaragua Spring Break Mission Trip from March 13-20. The group traveled to Managua, where they worked in service with local church leaders and learned about the country’s culture (see photos). Participants will showcase their experience as part of a presentation during an upcoming SOAR worship in Monumental Chapel (date TBD). Nearly 20 students, faculty and staff members traveled to Europe March 15-22 alongside Craig Wansink, Joan P. and Macon F. Brock Jr. Director of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, and Terry Lindvall, C.S. Lewis Endowed Chair in Communication and Christian Thought. The group studied abroad as part of a trip called “Religious Freedom and the Reformation: Germany and Switzerland, Luther Zwingli, and Calvin.” And lastly, for the seventh year, students traveled to the Florida Keys for an adventure-filled week as part of VWC's RecX Outdoor Adventure program. From March 15-20, ten students traveled throughout Islamorada, Key West, and Key Largo, where they hiked, kayaked, snorkeled, jet skied, and more. The trip was led by Jason Seward, director of the Jane P. Batten Student Center, and Doug Kennedy, professor of recreation and leisure studies.