Winter Session Global Activities

FDU students traveled to Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Wroxton College in England during winter break.

Dominican Republic

The alternative break trip to the Dominican Republic is in its third year. This year, a team of 10 College at Florham undergraduate students and three staff members were given the opportunity to work with infants through 18 year-olds, including deaf and mute students, at the Hogar del Nino school in La Romana.

Volunteers are, front row, from left, students Alena Ramos, Kiyanna Davis and Megan Vallejo; and back row, from left, Cameron Govan, campus life coordinator; students Shanay Quinerly, Lauren Brogden and RaJohn Raeford; Andre Turner, campus life coordinator; students Malik Peterson, Fardose Shakour, Anthony Pace and Mary Rosell; and Jesse Swartz, first-year experience coordinator, dean of students.

This year, the students recreated the Zona Verde, a building that focuses on “the arts,” including music and art, and, more recently, recycling and vegetation, making it a bright and welcoming place for students to learn and socialize. With the help of the students, FDU volunteers recreated works of art done by the students, painted murals, filled painted recycled tires with plants and added beautified rocks pulled from the beaches. The team was rewarded with the smiles of the students and teachers excited to use their new space.

After the manual labor was completed, the team broke up into groups — some helped teach English classes, others worked with deaf and mute students of the Hogar or helped feed and care for the infants. And, with every moment spent at the Hogar the team was able to soak up Dominican culture, “The memories created at the Hogar have no price tag or expiration date, they are lifelong,” said Govan.

Costa Rica

Nineteen College at Florham undergraduate students and two staff members, Pam Messina, assistant to the dean of students, and Brian Mauro, associate campus provost, spent 10 days in Manzanillo, Costa Rica, participating in a service trip.

The team worked together throughout the fall semester raising funds to renovate the kindergarten-through-sixth-grade school, Escuela de Manzanillo. They painted and cleaned and had an opportunity to explore the town. They also helped clear the beaches of trash and debris.

The students experienced life in an impoverished town and helped the youth become educated in a better environment while learning about the surrounding area. They said, “Nothing will ever compare to this trips’ experience. Being able to help out …. was an eye-opener as to how different people’s lives are compared to most of ours.”

Global/Florham Scholars

This year marked the first time that Global Scholar students from the Metropolitan Campus and Florham Scholars from the College at Florham traveled to Wroxton College together for the freshman scholars trip.

The week-long experience included lectures given by Nicholas Baldwin, dean, Wroxton College, on understanding British culture and Pamela Mason, British faculty, Wroxton,, on the play “Boris Godunov.” Day trips included Stratford-upon-Avon to see that play, and Oxford and London.

Education Field Experience

Four QUEST students from the Community College University Partnership program participated in a field experience course at Wroxton and Banbury schools. The QUEST program  is a five-year accelerated (BA/MAT or BS/MAT) program leading to teacher certification.

Three Cumberland County College partnership humanities students are seeking elementary certification, and one history major enrolled through the University’s partnership with Burlington County College is seeking social studies certification. They stayed at Wroxton College during their experience.