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Students Perform Community Service Overseas

072704caderIdris_dl.jpgBOONE –Twelve students from Appalachian State University took their outreach to a global scale this summer when they spent a month in Wales performing environmental service work.

072704construction_dl.jpgThe students learned about sustainable living at the Centre for Alternative Technology, where they constructed a drainage system for the center’s eco-cabins. Designed to house large groups, the cabins have their own electricity, fuel, wood, water supply and sewage recycling systems.

072704stonebench_dl.jpgIn Brecon Beacons National Park, the students constructed walls and benches using traditional dry-stone techniques.

During their stay, the group learned Welsh culture and toured the countryside on foot and by sea kayak.

072704kayakers_dl.jpgShari Galiardi, Appalachian’s service learning coordinator and a trip leader, said, “The students gained a lot from this program by carrying out service projects, understanding sustainability and experiencing adventure. Wales is a great location for this.”

072704backpackingbeacons_dl.jpgDave Hutchison from Appalachian’s Outdoor Programs was also a trip leader.

The service learning trip was part of an interdisciplinary class called “Window on Wales.” A return trip is planned for 2006.

The class was one of many international opportunities Appalachian offers to students during the summer and throughout the school year. In 2002, Appalachian was named a model institution by the American Council on Education for its international focus.