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The goal of this trip is to inspire service and activism here in Vermont by learning about it in an immersion setting along the U.S.-Mexico border. Many students who have participated in this program in the past have returned to Middlebury to volunteer with Juntos, an organization that provides ESL, translation, and other services to the local migrant farmworking community. MiddSTART funding will be used to fund a portion of our airfare, a huge part of our fundraising goal.

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Dollars Raised: 100%

Funding Details

Deadline: Feb 04, 2012
Total needed: $1,430


Charlotte Zelle ’14, Psychology and Sociology
Minneapolis, MN

Adam Lang ’14, International Studies and Education
Milwaukee, WI

Jaweed Ahmadi ’15
Ben Blacksear ’12
Irene Gonzalez ’15
Maya Neria ’15
Annie Sexton Powers ’15
Kevin Yochim ’14
Sayre Weir ’15
Donna Zamora-Stevens ’12
Danny Zhang ’15
Fernando Sandoval Jimenez ’15

Twelve Middlebury students will be traveling to El Paso, Texas, over February break as part of a Middlebury Alternative Break (MAlt) trip. MAlt is a student organization that provides student-designed and student-led service trips for Middlebury College students. MAlt offers opportunities for students to participate in strong direct service that seeks to address needs as determined by a local community partner. MAlt is committed to a needs-blind acceptance policy. As a result, we do extensive fundraising to ensure that participants’ financial needs can be met. We all work together to support one another, which is why this fundraiser is so critical to our efforts.

Our group will participate in a Border Awareness Experience at Annunciation House, a hospitality house specifically for immigrants.  We will be learning about immigration from a variety of perspectives, including nonprofit workers, activists, border patrol officers, and the immigrants themselves.  MiddSTART will be a vital part of our fundraising goal, allowing all participants to travel to El Paso and learn regardless of economic background.

Having participated in a similar trip last year, the co-leaders understand the importance of this experience. Immigration is a very complicated and timely issue. Last year’s trip moved participants emotionally, challenged them intellectually, and left them to sort through their own opinions, spread what they learned, and in many, instilled a deeper motivation for longer-term service. Today’s political climate along with memories of last year’s experience have inspired the co-leaders to provide this opportunity again for Middlebury students. This year’s trip had more than twice as many applicants as available spots.

Trip participants will take photos, film short video clips, and write journal entry reflections that can be shared with donors at the conclusion of the trip.

One Response to “MALT El Paso”

  1. Kevin Yochim says:

    Please help us reach our fundraising goals! We have met as a group several times now and have really begun to bond. We are all extremely excited to travel to El Paso and immerse ourselves in the culture, but we need your help! Any donation would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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