Queens students arrive back from Guatemala mission trip

The 16-student team, led by two faculty members, worked together to bring positivity and service to the people of Guatemala.Jessy Epley

The 16-student team, led by two faculty members, worked together to bring positivity and service to the people of Guatemala.

Spring break is over, and Queens students are back on campus. During break, many spent time soaking up the sun at Panama City Beach, a favorite spot. But for 16 Queens students, Guatemala served as their new home for the week.

Last fall, many students applied for the opportunity to spend their spring break on a mission trip in Guatemala. After conducting interviews and reviewing applications, 16 were chosen, and the preparation began. Two faculty members, Dr.  Diane Mowrey and Dr. Margaret Commins, guided the students through this process and led them on their journey to Guatemala.

The group headed out on March 7 and returned to Charlotte on March 16. With no set itinerary, their plan was to help where they were most needed.

“Our mission was to love our neighbors and group members and allow ourselves to be present in this experience,” said Tyler Greene, a sophomore mission trip member.

Each student was required to raise $250 and was expected to send a minimum of 35 letters to family and friends, requesting donations. Along with the letters, the students sold Guatemalan purses and bracelets at the basketball games to help raise the required funds.

In order to leave the country, the students had to renew or obtain a passport and were vaccinated for  diseases such as hepatitis a, b and c, typhoid and malaria. As the trip  approached, the students prepared themselves individually for a life-changing experience.

Upon arriving in Guatemala, “I had this feeling that I was just supposed to be there,” said Greene. “Guatemala was beautiful. I haven’t even had time to process the entire trip, but our group dynamic is amazing. And we all come from so many different backgrounds.”

The students are still accepting donations to help with the issues they saw while in Guatemala. To read more about what the students accomplished, head over to the mission trip’s blog linked below.

http://blogs.queens.edu/guatemala/author/cherie-clark/

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