Students will be voluntouring next March break

Amber Nicholson
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TOSH Grade 11 students, from left, Emily Wright, Bethany Wright, Jordan Murray and Dexter Coughlin with teacher Tammy Craig check out where they will be travelling next year on their March break Ecuador.

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Three Oaks Senior High students are being offered the March break of a lifetime.
Tammy Craig, a math and science teacher at TOSH, will be taking 25 adventurous high school students on a "voluntour" in Ecuador next year.
A "voluntour" is a travel experience where someone volunteers their time in the area they are visiting but also tours around, getting to help out while experiencing a new place.
"It's something I've always wanted to do," said Craig. "I always wanted to take students on an educational tour."
Craig, along with three or four other chaperones, will be taking students to spend nine days in Ecuador over their March break next year.
Craig found the trip through the educational tour company, Education First, that partners with the Me to We foundation to take students to Free the Children communities.
The "voluntour" includes two days of travelling time, two days of exploring and five days where students will volunteer building a school.
Eleven students have already confirmed they will be participating in the international excursion including Grade 11 twin sisters Bethany and Emily Wright.
"We get to go on a trip and see another part of the world and we get the chance to change their lives forever," said Bethany.
"We want to help people who can't help themselves," adds Emily.
During the exploring portion of the trip students will get the opportunity to visit the capital Quito, touch foot on the equator, discover the Andes Mountains, visit a rose factory and experience a local market. Their volunteering efforts will include helping to build a school in the province of Chimborazo and playing sports with youth in the community.
In and out-of-school fundraising efforts will begin next week.
Students must currently be in grade 9, 10 or 11 to participate in the trip. Those interested in participating should contact Craig at Three Oaks.

Geographic location: Ecuador, Summerside, Quito Andes Mountains Chimborazo

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  • Denise
    June 21, 2010 - 19:06

    WOO HOO - This will be an amazing experience for the students.