Students Preparing for Service-Based Spring Break Trips

Posted on March 27th, 2012 by

Gustavus students during a 2011 Spring Break Habitat for Humanity service trip.

Ninety-four students from Gustavus Adolphus College will travel to three different locations across the country to participate in a Habitat for Humanity service trip during the College’s Spring Break, March 31-April 7.

Forty Gustavus students will travel to Laredo, Texas, 27 will head south to Pensacola, Fla., and 27 students will be in Maryville, Tenn. Four Gustavus staff members will accompany the students on the various trips. Groups from Gustavus have served the locations of Laredo and Pensacola before – Laredo in 2010 and Pensacola in 2009.

The type of work that will be done by Gustavus students will vary by trip. Gusties will be supporting and working with the area Habitat ReStore and perform home construction tasks such as roofing, putting up sheetrock, painting, framing, and installing windows. Participating students are expected to gain understanding of how affordable housing supplied by Habitat for Humanity affects families in poverty and the importance of working with communities to provide service.

Gustavus Spring Break 2011

“Each year, we have a meal at a local church or in a community center to connect with local community members through food and conversation. It is a great way for students to learn more about the region and the needs of the community, and also to recognize the impact we have on the community we are serving,” said David Newell, Assistant Director for Community-Based Service and Learning at Gustavus.

You can read about the students’ journey and see their work through photographs as several students will be blogging from the various locations. The blog can be accessed online at



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