Bridget Wyse, Jessica Ramirez, and Devin Newman are participating in cross-cultural experiences with other Bluffton University students in May.
Wyse, AHS ‘09 and daughter of Russ and Sandy, Archbold, is in the Gulf Coast region, May 9-26. She and other BU students will rebuild homes and communities and build homes for displaced families with Project Homecoming.
Students and the nonprofit organization will work to nurture hope for those affected by Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ike and the BP oil spill.
A senior, she is an intervention specialist major.
Ramirez, AHS ‘10 and daughter of Benito and Alejandra, Archbold, is in San Antonio, Texas, May 8-28.
She will be exposed to Tejano and Mexican culture and history, and will volunteer in a service-learning placement.
Students will learn the needs and concerns of farm workers who travel from South Texas to Ohio.
A junior, she is majoring in social work with minors in criminal justice and psychology.
Newman, AHS ‘10 and daughter of Doug and Roxy, Archbold, is in Trinidad, May 6-24.
She will stay in homes of Trinidadian people and experience the way missions have been carried out through the support of the Virginia Mennonite Missions Board.
Students will interact with the Mennonite Church of Trinidad and Tobago.
A junior, she is majoring in early childhood education.
The experiences fulfill Bluffton’s undergraduate cross-cultural requirement that must be completed before graduation. Students can complete a cross-cultural experience or take six credit hours in one foreign language.