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Students Travel the Globe to Study and Volunteer during Winter Break.


Posted 01/20/2017
Posted by Sophia Olsen


Four students from Engineers without Boarders help schools in India

Four students from Engineers without Boarders help schools in India

Students in the Women's Advancement Initiative volunteer at Give Kids the World Village

Students in the Women's Advancement Initiative volunteer at Give Kids the World Village

Hillyer students study in Hawaii. Photo (Left to Right): Front row:  Ruchelle Cabral, Rachel Cabral, Valerie Greene, Jessica Ashkenazi. Second row: Jaylene Rubio, Olivia Brown, Jose Velasquez, Sheelove Vincent, Dean Goldenberg, VET-Alfred Rodriguez, Miguel Badillo, Dana (DJ) Acosta, Ellin Gurvitch, Tatiana Hernandez

Hillyer students study in Hawaii. Photo (Left to Right): Front row: Ruchelle Cabral, Rachel Cabral, Valerie Greene, Jessica Ashkenazi. Second row: Jaylene Rubio, Olivia Brown, Jose Velasquez, Sheelove Vincent, Dean Goldenberg, VET-Alfred Rodriguez, Miguel Badillo, Dana (DJ) Acosta, Ellin Gurvitch, Tatiana Hernandez

Thirteen students spent two weeks in Italy studying culture, history, and art

Thirteen students spent two weeks in Italy studying culture, history, and art

Winter break is the perfect time for many University of Hartford students to travel, volunteer, or take classes. Here is a look at how four groups spent the break:

Helping Schools in India
In the poor district of Sona, right outside of New Delhi,India, four student members of the University’s Engineers without Borders installed new pumps and solar systems at schools. This new equipment will provide the school children with fresh water and a reliable power supply. 

“It gives the UHart students an opportunity to use the skills they are learning in the classroom to assist developing communities,”  Professor David Pines, assistant dean for student support in the University’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture said about the India wells project, which has been in existence here for nearly a decade.

Volunteering at Give Kids the World Village
“This will definitely be a week I will never forget,” says Jackie Nickolas ’18 after volunteering at the Give Kids the World Village, a resort in Orlando, Fla. that provides free vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses.

Jackie is one of 11 students from the University’s The Women’s Advancement Initiative, which offers leadership training and education to  young women. They spent a week at the resort doing everything from serving ice cream to reading bedtime stories to the kids.

“It is an amazing and humbling feeling to be able to make this week special for the families and the children here,” says Jackie, a sociology major in the University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Studying in Hawaii
For the past 14 years, it has been a tradition that students enrolled in the University’s Hillyer College Honors Class go to Hawaii to learn about history, culture, religion, and art. 

In addition to attending classes at the University of Hawaii, the students visited historic sites, including I’olani Palace, the only royal residence in America, and Pearl Harbor.

“It was a sight that I will never forget,” Sheelove Vincent ’17 says of the USS Arizona memorial at Pearl Harbor. “Meeting one of the last few survivors of dec. 7, 1941 was unbelievable,” she adds.

Learning in Italy
Thirteen students enrolled in the course, Italy: Landmarks and Legends, spent two weeks in Italy studying culture, history, and art. They toured the Vatican, Colosseum, and Roman Forum, and visited several other sites in Siena, Prato, and Florence. As part of the experience, students examined theater practice in Italian culture from the Roman era through the Renaissance.  

Four students from Engineers without Boarders help schools in India

Four students from Engineers without Boarders help schools in India

Students in the Women's Advancement Initiative volunteer at Give Kids the World Village

Students in the Women's Advancement Initiative volunteer at Give Kids the World Village

Hillyer students study in Hawaii. Photo (Left to Right): Front row:  Ruchelle Cabral, Rachel Cabral, Valerie Greene, Jessica Ashkenazi. Second row: Jaylene Rubio, Olivia Brown, Jose Velasquez, Sheelove Vincent, Dean Goldenberg, VET-Alfred Rodriguez, Miguel Badillo, Dana (DJ) Acosta, Ellin Gurvitch, Tatiana Hernandez

Hillyer students study in Hawaii. Photo (Left to Right): Front row: Ruchelle Cabral, Rachel Cabral, Valerie Greene, Jessica Ashkenazi. Second row: Jaylene Rubio, Olivia Brown, Jose Velasquez, Sheelove Vincent, Dean Goldenberg, VET-Alfred Rodriguez, Miguel Badillo, Dana (DJ) Acosta, Ellin Gurvitch, Tatiana Hernandez

Thirteen students spent two weeks in Italy studying culture, history, and art

Thirteen students spent two weeks in Italy studying culture, history, and art