Proctor’s Community Program extends well beyond on-campus initiatives during the academic year by providing service learning trips abroad each summer. Since 2013, summer service trips have afforded dozens of students the opportunity to travel to Guatemala, Southeast Asia, China, and to the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota to learn about different cultures and to serve within those communities.
These dynamic trips afford students the opportunity to have a rich service immersion experience and to further develop relationships with faculty outside of a classroom setting. Students return to campus in the fall energized and driven to put what they learned during their immersion experience into action, both on campus and in the surrounding community. Proctor’s summer service trips are two-week adventures that provide an experiential foundation for understanding community investment at Proctor and the world beyond.Guatemala Summer Service Trip
Guatemala City; Antiqua; Lake Atitlan
Established in 2011
After arriving in Guatemala City, students will spend their first week volunteering with Lemonade International
. Sleeping and eating at headquarters, the group will travel daily into the urban slum of La Limonada to spend time in four local elementary schools. Students teach, play and spend time on home visits throughout La Limonada to learn about it's permanent residents and the complex lives they lead. Evenings consist of individual reflection time, group trips and processing.
During the second week, students live and volunteer with the Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute (IMAP)
, a non-profit organization located in the community of Pachitulul, on the south edge of Lake Atitlán between San Lucas Tolimán and Santiago Atitlán. In addition to staying with local families in a homestay setting, students spend time working at the ecological education center, which is primarily focused on promoting permaculture techniques, local biodiversity conservation and the production of organic food.
Rosebud Summer Service Trip
Established in 2016
Students travel to the Rosebud Reservation to learn from and give back to part of the Lakota Nation. Students stay with a local Proctor family, experience traditional ceremonies, learn about the history of the Lakota people and the land, and give back to ongoing projects on the reservation with their strength and energy.
Depending on the year, students have the chance to visit local historic destinations such as the Black Hills (Paha Sapa) and Wounded Knee. Students also have the chance to meet a number of Proctor alumni who continue to live and invest in their communities in Rosebud and Pine Ridge. For more information contact Lori Patriacca at email@example.com
or check out the Rosebud Service Trip Manual HERE.