Our outreach trips provide students with the opportunity to engage in meaningful service in the context of a cultural immersion experience. Students gain a global perspective as they witness the challenges facing the communities they serve.
Pine Ridge Reservation
Students travel to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, where they partner with Re-Member, a non-profit organization whose aim is to improve living conditions for the Oglala Lakota Sioux on the Reservation. During the week-long trip, participants split their time between service projects and cultural education. On work days, students engage in projects to improve housing infrastructure. Last summer, the group installed trailer skirting, worked on roofs, and built bunkbeds. On days of cultural immersion, students tour important sites on the Reservation, including the site of the Wounded Knee Massacre, and hear from community leaders about the history and culture of the Lakota people, as well as the current challenges facing the community. Students will gain an important perspective about the complicated history between the United States Government and the Lakota people as well as the complexity of the influences, past and present, that contribute to the living conditions on the Reservation today.
Pine Ridge trip makes an impression on students
NOTE: This news article first appeared in September 2013.
The time that a group of Western Reserve Academy students and faculty spent at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota hit the mark.
Students travel to the Dominican Republic, where they live and work in two different communities. During the first portion of the nine-day trip, students work on infrastructure projects in a rural area of Jarabacoa. Past trips have focused on building an aqueduct to bring clean running water to a local community. After Jarabacoa, the group relocates to San Pedro de Macoris. Here, students work in the bateyes, communities of Haitian immigrants who work harvesting sugar cane while living in poor conditions. On the final day of the trip, students continue learning about the vibrant culture and history of the Dominican Republic as they tour the capital city of Santo Domingo. The opportunity to work in two communities provides students with a glimpse into what life is like for many in the Dominican Republic.
|Service trip brings water to village|
NOTE: This news article was posted 7/20/2012.
A WRA group spent a week digging trenches and installing pipe to bring fresh water to the village of La Jagua from a nearby mountain spring.
Stories of Compassion: Service trip to the DR
NOTE: This news article first appeared in the WRA Magazine Spring 2013 issue.
Fourteen members of the Western Reserve Academy community spent almost 10 days in the Dominican Republic over spring break, helping to build an aqueduct and learning about the living conditions of sugar cane workers.