2019 Trip Summaries

Brief summaries for each trip offered in 2019 are below, as provided by the trip organizers.  All 2019 trips will be offered during Spring Break, between Friday, March 15th and Sunday, March 31st (or some portion thereof).  Tentative dates are listed below, but are subject to change pending travel arrangements.  Please feel free to contact trip organizers directly with any questions or for additional details.

Addressing Gender Inequality in Education

  • Destination: Gujarat, India
  • Trip Organizers: Krushangi Maisuria ’19 (ksm4​​@williams​​.edu) & Robert Rock ’20 ([email protected])
  • Tentative Dates: March 21-30, 2019
  • Estimated Out-of-Pocket Contribution Per Student: $400
  • Description: During this Break Out Trip, we will travel to Gujarat, India to address gender equality in education. Particularly, this trip will focus on mentorship in addition to tutoring girls. A role model or a mentor early on in a child’s life can have a profound influence on their well-begin and development, so this project aims to first establish a tutoring and mentoring model with young girls in India, and then secondly, carry that relationship forward for the long-term. Additionally, this trip will emphasize sustainability by building connections and relationships that exist after the trip, so the girls in India can have a support network throughout their education. In India, we will be partnering with Anand Ashram, which is an NGO founded in 2012 dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged youth. For Williams students, the impact of this trip will be that they can make a direct impact in the lives on underprivileged girls in India by tutoring and mentoring them in a sustainable way, which will hopefully lead to long-term relationships. For the girls in India, the main impact of this trip is that they will be able to learn from Williams students, who will serve as role models for the long term, creating inspiration, mentorship and sponsorship to encourage the girls to continue pursuing their education.
  • Q&A Session: Wednesday, October 31st, 7-9pm, Paresky 112

Berkshire Break Out Trip (B-BOT): Community Outreach & Service

  • Destination: Berkshire County
  • Trip Organizers: Oliver Yang ’20 (ozy1​​@williams​​.edu) & Kristen Bayrakdarian ’20 (kab9​​@williams​​.edu)
  • Tentative Dates: March 15-22, 2019
  • Estimated Out-of-Pocket Contribution Per Student: $20
  • Description: Engage in local outreach programs, establishing lasting and potentially ongoing relationships with members all across the Berkshires. Volunteer with a variety of local organizations and schools to support the wide variety of needs in the Berkshire community. Participants will have the opportunity to do significant amounts of volunteer work at local organizations, and in doing so, spend time with local residents, make new friends, and learn the essential role that giving back plays in working towards growing communities.
  • Q&A Session: Thursday, November 1st, 9-10pm, Hollander 317
  • 2018 Trip Summary, Photo Gallery & Testimonials
  • 2017 Trip Summary, Photo Gallery & Testimonials

Chaplains’ Interfaith Service Team

  • Destination: Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Trip Organizers: Chaplains The Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer ([email protected]), Father Gary Caster ([email protected]), Rabbi Seth Wax ([email protected]) & Imam Sharif Rosen ([email protected]), with assistance from the Davis Center
  • Tentative Dates: March 24-31, 2019
  • Estimated Out-of-Pocket Contribution Per Student: $150 + Individual Flight to Birmingham, AL
  • Description: This trip, now in its seventh year, provides the space to explore common values, the diversity of religious and spiritual perspectives and the variety of worldviews, all in the  context of shared humanitarian service.  The volunteers will work closely with Habitat for Humanity to help rehabilitated homes in the area. The students will also visit the Civil Rights Museum in Birmingham. During this visit and throughout the entire trip, students will be invited to reflect on questions of ethnicity and race, privilege, and social justice. The group also will visit four different houses of worship whose communities incorporate social justice into the ministries of their respective communities. The students will also have an opportunity for daily reflection time with the Jewish, Catholic, Muslim, and Protestant chaplains.
  • Q&A Session: Tuesday, October 30th, 7-8:30pm, Paresky 220
  • 2017 Trip Summary, Photo Gallery & Testimonials

Global Medical Training

  • Destination: Peru
  • Trip Organizers: Yang Lee ’20 ([email protected]) & Konnor Herbst ’20 ([email protected])
  • Tentative Dates: March 16-24, 2019
  • Estimated Minimum Out-of-Pocket Contribution Per Student: $1,250
  • Description:The Global Medial Training Spring Break Out Trip is a volunteer trip that gives students the opportunity to medically serve communities in Peru. During this unique experience, the trip members learn how to give basic physical exams-measuring blood pressure, auscultation of the heart and lungs, and kidney palpations- in clinics set up in rural communities within Peru with limited access to healthcare services. Students work in small teams that include a Spanish translator and physician to help diagnose and treat patients. In these small groups, participants work in the capacity of a medical assistant as they take vital signs and patients’ medical histories. Students also help with other logistical aspects of the clinic, such gathering and distributing medications. Overall, this trips will allow students to provide invaluable health care services to people that normally do not have such resources while gaining hands-on clinical experience in the process. Note: You do not need to be fluent in Spanish to apply!
  • Q&A Session: Thursday, November 1st, 7-9pm, Hollander 317
  • 2018 Trip Summary, Photo Gallery & Testimonials
  • 2017 Trip Summary, Photo Gallery & Testimonials

The Real Face of Mexico

  • Destination: Nogales, Sonora, Mexico
  • Trip Organizers: Andrea Orozco ’21 ([email protected]) & Ricardo Torres-Garzon ’21 ([email protected])
  • Tentative Dates: March 16-23, 2019
  • Estimated Minimum Out-of-Pocket Contribution Per Student: $350
  • Description: During this trip, we will be traveling to Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, which borders Nogales, Arizona in the United States. Given our current political climate, our mission is to broaden our conceptions of what it means to live in Mexico. During our visit, we will support underserved communities by participating in a Water Fountain Installation Brigade at local elementary schools, organized by the Rotary International chapter in Nogales. We will also be visiting sites such as the U.S.-Mexico border, maquilas and the local city hall. We hope to explore historical, social, economic and health-related aspects of life in Mexico and hope to take a group with a wide variety of interests in order to promote and enrich discussion. Some understanding of Spanish is preferred, but not required.
  • Q&A Session: Thursday, November 1st, 8-9pm, Schapiro 309

Solidarity Economies: Cooperation Jackson

  • Destination: Jackson, MS
  • Trip Organizers: Phacelia Cramer ’19 (pjc2​​@williams​​.edu) & Valeria Sosa Garnica ’19 ([email protected]​​.edu)
  • Tentative Dates: March 17-30, 2019
  • Estimated Out-of-Pocket Contribution Per Student: $200
  • Description: Cooperation Jackson is dedicated to developing economic democracy in Jackson, Mississippi by building a solidarity economy based in a network of coops and other worker-owned, democratically self-managed enterprises. Participants on this trip will take part in service work in urban farms, learn from activists and organizers on the ground, and hear the experiences and stories of the folks that have spent the last couple of decades building their community up. A few of the organizations on-site we are hoping to visit and learn from are the Jackson Human Rights Institute, Kuwasi Balagoon Center for Economic Democracy and Sustainable Development, urban farms, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, and others. The aim of this trip is not only learn about the movement in Jackson, but also to build relationships and solidarity. A central focus will be how we, as Williams students, can support Cooperation Jackson’s many projects and cooperatives – we plan to fundraise as one form of solidarity and share our learning upon returning to campus.
  • Q&A Session: Thursday, November 1st, 7-8pm, Schapiro 309

Teaching English in China

  • Destination: Changsha, China
  • Trip Organizers: Catherine Kao ’21 ([email protected]) & Vincent Lin ’19 ([email protected])
  • Tentative Dates: March 17-31, 2019
  • Estimated Minimum Out-of-Pocket Contribution Per Student: $500
  • Description: In this trip to one of the most vibrant and historic cities in China, we aim to meet the surging demand for native English-speaking teachers called waijiao to make English more relevant and interesting to Chinese students. During classtime, participants can expect to collaboratively teach lessons on writing, grammar, vocabulary, etc. to high school juniors while focusing on discussion and student participation; outside of class, we will engage the students in a mutual exchange of culture and language by chatting with them, having lunch together, and even potentially going sightseeing with them. We hope to work with the teachers to find the most effective teaching techniques for English as a second language and leave the students with clear and enjoyable ways to improve their English, all while immersing in Chinese culture! Proficiency in Mandarin is preferred, but not required for eligibility.
  • Q&A Session: Monday, October 29th, 7-9pm, Hollander 317
  • 2018 Trip Summary, Photo Gallery & Testimonials
  • 2017 Trip Summary & Testimonials

TEED (Technology, Environment, Education & Dance) Ghana

  • Destination: Accra, Ghana
  • Trip Organizers: Judy Anne Gitahi ’20 ([email protected]) & Obeyaa Ofori Atta ’19 ([email protected])
  • Tentative Dates: March 16-29, 2019 (Note: The trip will be 10 days long, with specific dates depending on airfares and the group’s schedule.)
  • Estimated Minimum Out-of-Pocket Contribution Per Student: $500
  • Description: We will be teaching primary school students (Grade 4- 9) from St. Lawrence Primary School and will cover the traditional subjects such as English, Math, Social Studies and French. Participants will help teachers with daily teaching activities like leading lessons and marking assignments. We will also hold sessions on hygiene, environmental conservation, and ICT (information & communication technology). Additionally, we will conduct dance and sports classes, possibly culminating in a talent exhibit show during the last day of our trip. In line with the college’s climate initiative, this trip will include a carbon footprint reduction effort, which will include a daily environmental consciousness goal, and therefore a good deal of walking. Access to fast internet may be hard, but all in all, it is a good opportunity to impact the lives of young underprivileged children, as well as get to indulge in the rich Ghanaian culture.
  • Q&A Session: Tuesday, October 30th, 7-8pm, Paresky 112
  • More Information: http://www.teedghana.com
  • 2018 Trip Summary, Photo Gallery & Testimonials
  • 2017 Trip Summary, Photo Gallery & Testimonials

Williams in Mexico

  • Destination: Veracruz, Mexico
  • Trip Organizers: Vanessa Quevedo ’21 ([email protected]) & Wilson Lam ’21 ([email protected])
  • Tentative Dates: March 16-24, 2019
  • Estimated Minimum Out-of-Pocket Contribution Per Student: $300
  • Description: We plan to visit the state of Veracruz in Southern Mexico to help with disaster relief in particular the municipalities of Vega de Alatorre and Cazones de Herrera. The area is still recovering from damage caused by flooding and hurricanes that happened in late 2017. Although aid was sent by the government in the weeks immediately after the natural disasters, the places have stopped receiving aid despite the fact that reconstruction was not yet complete. We plan to lead a group of Williams students to assist in the following tasks: clearing rubble, cleaning beaches and rivers, and reconstruction. Our goal will be to provide aid to the people that have been affected by natural disasters in areas that have less access to government support. In addition, we will be meeting with local university students and engaging in exchanges with them to learn about local higher education and culture. Spanish proficiency is preferred but not a must!
  • Q&A Session: Monday, October 29th, 9-10pm, Schapiro 309
  • 2018 Trip Summary, Photo Gallery & Testimonials