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2013-2014 Trip Blog

Read about the experiences from ASB from the 2013-2014 year here: 

2013-2014 ASB Trips

New York - Diversity & Inclusion

As students travel to New York on this diversity and inclusion trip, they will volunteer with God's Love We Deliver and Gay Men's Health Club.  God's Love is the tri-state area's leading provider of nutritious, individually-tailored meals to people who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves.  Students here will help with cooking, preparing and delivering meals to all of NYC's boroughs. Check out their website at  

Gay Men's Health Club is the world's first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy.  Building on decades of dedication and expertise, they understand the reality of HIV/AIDS and empower a healthy life for all.

Participants: Emily Ruck (trip leader), Katie Klas, Jen Koch, Mckenzie Valenta, Megan Gratz, Jasmine Kawalec, Brianna Hetzel, Hannah Keil, Rya Montgomery, Danielle Jones (advisor) 


Washington DC - Hunger and Homelessness

The purpose of the ASB trip to Washington DC is to provide student with a chance to experience poverty firsthand.  Students will have an opportunity to be engaged with people currently struggling with homelessness and agencies that provide aid to those individuals. 

Focus: Hunger and Homelessness 

• Father McKenna Center:

•Rachael's Women's Center:

•Capital Area Food Bank:

Participants: Aly Theder (trip leader), Jacob Rusch, Abby McConnell, Mai Yer Lee, Mithao Lee, Alison Bridges, Carissa Burkart, Katie Sperry, Yee Thao, Kati Hinds (advisor)  


International Trip: Guatemala -  Sustainability

The purpose of the ASB trip to Guatemala is to provide students with an opportunity to help out with disaster relief, assist farmers with coffee growing, and other various projects.  This trip will allow students the chance submerse themselves in a different culture while volunteering. 

Focus:  Third World Economic Development

As Green As It Gets:

Participants: Cassy Hemmen (trip leader), Carter Angelo, Kari Jacobsen, Nikki Kitzerow, Nikki Raccio, Sophie Brandstetter, Amber Woller, Taylor Moret, Daniel Dennis, Mike Lueder (advisor)


International Trip: Honduras - Leadership development through service and youth education

On this trip to Honduras students will be working with the non-profit Organization for Youth Empowerment - OYE Honduras. OYE’s mission as a community-based, youth-led organization is to develop the leadership and capacity of at-risk Honduran youth who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. OYE’s integrated development approach combines formal education, youth capacity building, and community engagement to inspire and equip young people with the awareness and skills they need to take control of their lives. In Honduras, primary education is free and obligatory for every child between the ages of seven and fourteen, but the associated transportation costs and income-loss to the household when a child is in school is often too much for families to bear, resulting in children who are forced to drop out of school and are thus unable to complete their “obligatory” education. OYE works to increase the number of students completing their education. In one week volunteers participate in a wide variety of activities including political, social and regional awareness seminars, visits to local schools, nutrition centers for infants, orphanages and collaborations with local grassroots youth development efforts.

Participants: Elaine Kildsig (trip leader), Katie Berkopec, Rachel Adams, Stephanie Jansen, Emily Karis, Mike Servais, Samantha Walvort, Erin Mrozek, Annie Lor, Chelsea Redger (advisor)

Costs Cover:

Transportation to/from airport, on site
Airline ticket or Vans
International Trip & Medical Insurance (Guatemala, Honduras)

Does Not Cover:

Snacks or Travel meals
Extra Activities
Immunizations/Passport (Guatemala, Honduras)

Safety and Security Information

All Trips:
Waivers & contact information on site & at university 
Emergency contact information sent to parents
Agency contact number sent to parents 
Flight information shared 
All lodging at secure locations, places to keep valuables

International Trips:
Copies of passports kept 
Emergency travel insurance purchased 
Registered with US Embassies in countries 
Travel agent & university watch for international concerns

Emergency phone is provided 

Learn what other students have experienced by checking out blogs from past trips: 

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