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|Students Bound for Africa to Serve, Learn and Lead|
Once Again, the Group Will Post Reflections on the Gonzaga-in-Zambezi blog.
This cultural journey designed to develop leaders for the common good is an experience they won’t soon forget. In addition to opportunities for academic enlightenment and social justice outreach, the students will experience jaw-dropping beauty like nowhere else.
The trip begins with an excursion to the Zambezi River’s most spectacular feature, the breath-taking Victoria Falls; known to locals as Mosi-oa-Tunya, it’s the world’s largest waterfall and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Then, the students will take a two-day safari in nearby Botswana.
Collaborating with the School of Professional Studies’ nursing program, a health education initiative will be offered by GU students to the Zambezi people. Led by nursing Assistant Professor Nancy Beckham, students will work with children in a clinic, provide school-based health education, and perform home-based care through a mission program.
“We are excited and grateful to offer a health component to our community development work,” said CLP Director Josh Armstrong. “We have the momentum to concentrate on enriching our instructional and relational partnerships with the wonderful people in this community.”
It’s not all world-class sight-seeing as the students and faculty also will spend three weeks at the Catholic mission compound in Zambezi, taking part in educational, health and service work at the school. The group will continue work with Zambian honey farmers to provide a sustainable market for fair trade organic honey. Three interns on the trip, funded through a Murdock Charitable Trust grant, will continue the work of former CLP students who established the nonprofit Zambia Gold Honey project.