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.