This winter break, the ORU International Community Development majors will travel to New Zealand. The students hope to gain professional, hands-on experience that will help prepare them for a career in the development world.
Samantha Shinn, the student leader for the trip, says she’s excited to experience the culture of New Zealand and go on her first airplane ride. She’s also looking forward to assuming her leadership role.
“I’m a little nervous about my leadership position but also super excited about what God is going to do through it,” she said.
The team is comprised of six students and two professors. While in New Zealand, they will work with an orphanage run by the brother of Dr. Solomon Hailu, Associate Professor of International Community Development and ICD adviser.
“We will also be learning some traditional dances and songs,” Hailu said. “We will be doing some team building exercises like building a raft. We will be snorkeling and other such things.”
Students going on the trip will receive credit for the trip for travel studies, internship or humanities.
The trip will take place during winter break from Dec. 6 to around Dec. 22.