Mar 19, 2019 | Atlanta, GA
With campus quieter than usual during Spring Break, you may be wondering — where did everybody go?
Georgia Tech students and faculty are scattered across the country, and the globe, instead of across campus. Many are dedicating their weeks to service, research, or education, and having fun while they’re at it. Here are some of the places you’ll find them:
Cozumel, Mexico: The Campus Recreation Center organized this SCUBA trip, in partnership with Professional Education and Student Life. The trip’s mission is to inspire environmental and multicultural awareness, and attendees can also be SCUBA certified through a campus training program.
Biloxi, Mississippi: Alternative Service Break (ASB) volunteers will work with Community Collaborations, in conjunction with local Head Start and Boys and Girls Clubs groups, on early education initiatives.
Denver, Colorado: Alternative Service Break volunteers will serve with GRID Alternatives to implement solar power projects. This is the first year Tech has partnered with this organization.
Jacksonville, Florida: Students will work with Beaches Habitat for Humanity as part of a collegiate challenge. This is the 10th year Tech’s ASB groups are partnering with this Habitat affiliate.
Maryville, Tennessee: Volunteers will work with Once Upon a Time, a wilderness retreat located in the Cherokee National Forest, doing trail maintenance, creek cleanup, and habitat restoration.
Medina Bank, Belize: Students will serve in a rural Mayan village to construct and expand a local community health center, working with the local organization 7Elements.
Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic: Volunteers will help prepare English lessons for local children, in partnership with the group Outreach360.
South Carolina: The Trailblazers student group is dedicating a week to exploring Devils Fork State Park and Hunting Island State Park, doing environmental volunteering, hiking, and camping.
La Paz, Bolivia: Joe Brown’s Environmental Technology in the Developing World course will spend the week in La Paz and surrounding communities collecting water samples, meeting with locals, and conducting research on water quality. Brown, the Carlton S. Wilder Assistant Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and his team will also be collaborating with local college students in these efforts. Look for updates from the group on social media via #GTBolivia.
The Netherlands: Kari Watkins, Fredrick Law Olmsted Associate Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is biking through the Netherlands with students in her Sustainable Transportation Abroad class. They’ll travel about 15 miles a day as they explore what it means to be a bike-first culture, where cycling receives preference as a mode of transportation and is integrated with transit and vehicles. Students are blogging throughout the week. See what last year’s trip looked like in this video.
China and Japan: The International Disaster Reconnaissance Studies course led by David Frost, Elizabeth and Bill Higginbotham Professor and group coordinator in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will explore Chengdu, China, including a flood-control system created thousands of years ago and a city devastated by an earthquake that was eventually evacuated and preserved as a monument to those who died. They’ll also travel to Japan to learn more about tsunamis and human-made disasters, like the atomic bomb the U.S. dropped over Hiroshima.
Hungary, Israel, South Africa, and China: Scheller College of Business MBA students are fanned out across the globe, completing client projects as part of their international practicums. Students in the Denning Technology and Management Program are at Shenzhen University, taking part in an annual undergraduate forum.