Immersive service learning lets students test their skills while giving back.
Student-athletes can usually look forward to a break from school and sports during the summer months. And while a handful of Huskers recently got a breather from lectures and practices, the work they performed instead was at least as challenging — and rewarding. About 20 student-athletes traveled to the small village of Las Pajas in the Dominican Republic for a few weeks out of last month to take part in the NoFilter program. Operated by Stacey Burling and Jordan Wilson, both Life Skills coordinators at the University of Nebraska’s Athletics Department, NoFilter started last year with a service trip to
More than 3.4 million people, roughly equivalent to the population of Los Angeles, die each year around the world for reasons that relate back to poor water quality, according to non-profit organization Water.org. And a lack of regular access to potable water negatively affects hundreds of millions more in ways ranging from personal hygiene to education. Students and faculty from Purdue University are attempting to combat this problem, one village at a time. A small team came together as part of an academic program launched in Fall 2012 at the school. Their efforts since then culminated this summer in the