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Human services students at NSCC headed overseas for the Believe In U program

SPRINGHILL - Five students taking the Human Services course at NSCC in Springhill are preparing for the trip of a lifetime.

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SPRINGHILL - Five students taking the Human Services course at NSCC in Springhill are preparing for the trip of a lifetime.

"I'm so excited. Going to Africa was definitely on my list. I can't believe it's really happening," said student Sarah Bernard.

Bernard, Heidi Fortune, Kelly Spence, Harry Noiles and teacher, Lisa Gower, will all be travelling to Tanzania, Africa while student Jaclyn Short will be travelling to Bosnia in the coming weeks as part of a pilot project through NSCC International.

The students will be teaching a program called 'Believe In U', which they developed over the past year and a half during their time at school.

"The program is designed to give the youth, many who are female, new skills, self-confidence and the ability to refocus their lives," said Gower.

"Some of the activities involve sports, arts and crafts that will allow them to experience different outlets for their energy," added Gower.

The students will be teaching the program to roughly 25 volunteers at Kimara, a non-government organization that helps at risk youth.

The students will also be working with a group of 20 youth directly.

"Many of the volunteers at Kimara are from Tanzania and will really appreciate being taught new skills from our students, skills they will be able to use and pass on for a very long time," said Gower.

The students have been working to raise money for the trip, which will cost roughly $4000 per person. They are currently selling tickets on a wellness basket, organizing an auction and seeking out corporate sponsorship.

The group is also seeking out small monetary donations to help purchase supplies for things like stickers and crayons that will be used during the program.

"The students realize that they will most likely take away more from this trip than what they will leave behind but they are eager to help in any way they can," said Gower.

"My hope is that they come back to the Nova Scotia workforce and be more open minded. I really believe that international travel broadens the mind and changes peoples perspectives," said Gower.

The students are scheduled to leave on May 2 and will return May 18. Anyone interested contributing to their cause can contact Gower at 667-2930.

Organizations: Human Services

Geographic location: SPRINGHILL, Africa, Tanzania Bosnia Nova Scotia

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  • Dave
    January 18, 2010 - 10:38

    What an excellent, wonderful idea! Kudos to NSCC for this project