All U.Va. Students Will Spend Spring Break On The Beach
1, 2000 -- For many University of Virginia students,
mid-March will not be awash in the sea. Friday, March 10, to Sunday,
March 19, provides an opportunity for many students to explore their
careers or help others through community service.
In" to the Future
Monday, March 13, approximately 200 U.Va. students will immerse
themselves in the working world as they begin a week-long, unpaid
"externship" in the field of their choice. The EXTERN
program, offered by University Career Services, is designed to allow
students to explore career options and gain experience.
one of the largest and most extensive externship programs in the
country, students can choose from more than 6,100 sponsors in such
fields as zoology, social services, banking, retail, museums, journalism
and advertising. Popular internships include the Supreme Court and
NBCs "Meet the Press."
EXTERN program serves two purposes, according to coordinator Hilary
Kerner. "Sometimes it helps students to explore their career
interests and realize a particular field is not a good fit for them,"
she said. "Other times, students think wow, this is really
interesting work, and they may even be offered an internship
as a result of their experience."
benefit by pre-screening potential employees and helping college
students make career decisions, Kerner said.
more information, contact Hilary Kerner at (804) 924-8902 or email@example.com.
In" to International Aid
a warm locale in Central America is the destination of 12 U.Va.
nursing students, there will be little relaxation in the sun. The
members of Nursing Students Without Borders, a new student-run organization,
will travel to San Sebastian, El Salvador, to assist the Red Cross
Clinic in providing basic health care and to educate the impoverished
communitys citizens on health issues.
students will travel with a physician, dietician and registered
nurse Saturday, March 11, through Saturday, March 18. They will
bring donated medical supplies and clothes to a community destroyed
by revolutionary fighting and natural disaster. They will also provide
aid and basic hygiene education to some of the towns 23,000
nursing student Matthew Walden formed Nursing Students Without Borders
to bring together those who wanted to teach and provide health care
to Third World communities. The trips are also intended to expand
the perspective and education of American nursing students.
know that well all learn much more about our intuitive nursing
abilities when were tested in the field," Walden said.
"I also hope we all come away with an even deeper appreciation
for the community we are fortunate to live in, while understanding
and appreciating our own potential."
trip participants understand Spanish and have international travel
experience. Travel expenses are paid for by donations to the organization.
Five more trips are planned to San Sebastian, and the next group
will leave in early July.
more information, contact Matthew Walden at (804) 293-3931 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In" to Community Service
in the sun takes on a literal meaning for more than 55 U.Va. students
dedicating their spring break to working in fields and communities.
Participants of the Madison House Alternative Spring Break Program,
they will renovate homes and buildings, aid flood victims and work
in soup kitchens.
mission is to offer a week-long community service opportunity in
the U.S. or abroad where students can make a concrete contribution
to a community," said program director and third-year student
year, four student groups will travel around the region and to South
said it is not difficult to get students to abandon the beach for
community service. This year, the program had more applicants than
spaces available, even though the students have to pay their own
expenses, including airfare.
more information, contact student leaders going to the following
Bolivia Students will help a nonprofit organization build
an orphanage for a poor community in the Andes Mountains. Bolivia
site leaders are Ryan Harvey, (804) 982-6796 and email@example.com,
and Rob Wavra, (804) 243-1594 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
York City Students will complete many tasks around the
city, including aiding a soup kitchen and working in housing rehabilitation.
New York site leaders are Kathleen Coyle, (804) 243-3150 and email@example.com,
and James Tysse, (804) 970-1795 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paso, Tex. Students will work on border issue awareness
and aid immigrants coming across the Mexican border. Texas site
leaders are Fatimah Williams, (804) 243-3271 and email@example.com,
and Kari Teagno, (804) 982-6556 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Springs, N.C. Students will provide aid to families and
flood victims in this Blue Ridge community. North Carolina site
leaders are Abby Fifer, (804) 923-3271 and email@example.com,
and Heidi Schroeder, (804) 243-3122 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
more information about the Alternative Spring Break Program, contact
program director Joe Bilby at (804) 245-8221 or email@example.com.
Jill Johnson, (804) 924-7116