The Leeds Metropolitan University/Nazareth International Service Exchange is an exciting two and a half week service trip to England! Follow the Naz team in Leeds, England where our students work with the Get Ahead Team’s Summer Camp, assisting adolescents as they participate in a college experience, learning about careers and college life. The next project is at Hollybank Trust, working with individuals with developmental disabilities. Students assist with daily activities, creative projects, and maybe even go sailing! Through the West Indian Cultural Center in Chapeltown our students explore living history while participating in enriching activities with youth and elder community members. Students dance with the community during the “Carnival” celebration and explore the history of Chapeltown through tours and dialogue with community elders.
Blog #1 We Have Arrived 7.7.2014
After a two hour delay, a missed connection flight, and holding up an entire plane, we have finally arrived in Leeds, England. Although the journey was long, the 2014 Nazareth College volunteer group managed to stay upbeat and excited for our anticipated arrival. Today was our first full day in Leeds, and between building our own raft, and trying on carnival costumes, it was an eventful and informational day.
The first activity planned was a team building exercise. Collectively, our team had to work together and make a raft to float and navigate. Despite, being the first to fall into the frigid water, the exercise brought out everyone’s strengths. Right away we recognized each other’s unique abilities and talents to bring to the table.
The second event of the day was at the Leeds West Indian Cultural Center. Arthur France, founder of the Leeds West Indian carnival, shared information about the amazing carnival costumes, as well as information and a steel drum performance. Tomorrow we will return to the center to learn more about the cultures and traditions surrounding the West Indian community in Leeds.
Today was just the first day of our adventures to come. Reflecting upon the last forty-eight hours, I am very proud of how our group has reacted in stressful times. We are all very encouraging of one another. As the trip progresses, I look forward both learning and having fun with this great group of individuals.