Service Learning Travel
Leadership Southwestern recognizes the value of travel, particularly travel that includes service. Each year the team sets off in a new direction for its annual service learning trip. The trip is designed to give students opportunities to serve outside of the Winfield community. Students expand their worldviews by learning from others and discerning what it means to be a leader in today's global society. Students fundraise throughout the year to pay for their trip, and students also plan and run the entire trip! The location of the trip rotates every year amongst the following destinations: International, Kansas, Urban, and Outdoors.
Summer 2015, Ireland
The team was blessed to work with the Dublin Rotary Club and serve Dublin’s community by renovating the Greenore/Rostrevor Community Centre for the elderly. The team repainted the interior walls and trim, cleaned and weeded the exterior, and repainted the doors and railing.
In Dublin the team toured the Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College (and viewed the Book of Kells), and went on a Walking Ghost/History Tour. They also saw a play at the National Theatre, experienced the famous pubs of Dublin, and took several tours of the city. After staying in the Youth Hostel in Dublin for six nights, the team travelled to Western Ireland and stayed in the Abbeyglen Castle hotel in Clifden in County Connemara for two nights. On the way back to Dublin the team stopped and took a land and seat tour of the world-famous Cliffs of Moher. SC Junior Ryan Crowell served as the trip planner and coordinator.
Summer 2014, Virginia Beach, VA
While on the trip, the team toured and worked for the nationally-recognized nonprofit Equi-Kids Therapeutic Riding Program. Students helped to prepare running and riding trails for a 5K fundraiser, and they also did maintenance work on the grounds. Additionally, the team spent two days building fire pits in Virginia’s First Landing State Park.
The team also visited Colonial Williamsburg, in addition to area beaches and cypress swamps. In keeping with the outdoor theme of the trip, the students bunked at the local KOA campground. SC junior Tavinia Tucker served as the trip planner and coordinator.
Summer 2013 Seattle, Washington Expedition
In Seattle the team participated in a wide variety of service. From working in a community garden, to serving at homeless shelters, to pulling noxious weeds in a local park, they were always busy! There was also some fun, visiting Bainbridge island and eating delicious seafood on the harbor! Check out pictures from this trip and some of our other recent adventures in our Service Learning Trips photo gallery.
Fall 2011 Exploration in Hutchinson, KS
Leadership Southwestern road tripped down to Hutchinson, KS this past December 2011.
A total of 17 ships performed a service of wrapping presents at New Beginnings, a transition home for those who were displaced from their homes, and painting the Boys and Girls Club’s gym, classrooms and restrooms. When all the work was done, ships took a ride 650 feet below the Kansas prairie to the Hutchinson Underground Salt Museum. The trip was then completed at the famous Carriage Crossing restaurant for slices of homemade pie!