Winter service trips bring record year of participation for Saint Joseph’s crews in Guatemala and Haiti

Two teams of Saint Joseph’s College students, staff and faculty are breaking College records when they travel to Guatemala and Haiti after Christmas on International Service Trips. With the largest number of participants since the first annual trip in 2004, a total of 40 members from the College will travel to Haiti (17 people, Dec. 27-Jan. 3) and to Guatemala (23 people, Jan. 4-11). They will staff medical clinics, build houses, distribute humanitarian supplies and operate children’s programs.

In addition to social and medical activities, team members in Haiti will conduct workshops in computer, technology and business skills in the village of Blanchard, just a few miles outside of Port au Prince. The Guatemala team will work near San Antonio Suchitepéquez, a village approximately three hours west of Guatemala City, the country’s capital.

Saint Joseph’s College’s International Service Trips to Guatemala and Haiti are coordinated in conjunction with Partners in Development, a nonprofit organization based in Ipswich, Mass., dedicated to improving the lives of the poor through housing, sanitation, medical and educational programs. For more information about the College’s trips, contact Dr. Steve Bridge, Chair of the Theology Department, at 207-893-7953.

December 18, 2012
Contact: David Svenson at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail