Kindness Week: Marywood’s service trip to Ghana returns


Photo credit/ Marywood Service Trip Fundraising Page

Marywood students on a former service trip to Ghana.

Marywood students are being given the opportunity to travel the world and to demonstrate the kindness that Marywood is taking this week to demonstrate. Accompanied with students from Chestnut Hill College, they will be traveling to Ghana, West Africa alongside the African Sisters Education Collaborative and will be working with local schools as well as a center for individuals with disabilities.

The list of locations include schools such as the Mary Queen of Peace Catholic School and Cornelia Connolly School of the Holy Child Jesus as well as centers like St. Clair’s Residential Home and St. Elizabeth’s Child Care and Family Support.

Lilli Millon, a student in Marywood’s MFA program, is one of the students who are going on the trip. Millon says that their time in Ghana will be both a learning and working experience.

“We’re gonna be put to work. We’re gonna help out in classrooms and these other facilities and we may be teaching, we may be playing games with kids, but we’re kind of doing stuff like that,” said Millon. “I’ve always wanted to go to Africa, so I was like, ‘this is a wonderful opportunity for me’. I’m actually a first year graduate student in the MFA program, so I’m very artsy and I’m excited to learn more about the African cultures and art down there.”

The service trip is to be overseen by Dr. Yerodin Lucas, executive director of Equity & Inclusion. Keshia Vilchert, director of Student Equity, will also be attending the trip. Vilchert adds that this isn’t Marywood’s first time traveling to Ghana, with the last trip having been originally planned in 2020 but was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This will be the first year since the pandemic that Marywood will be going again, we’re very excited,” said Vilchert.
Another student attending is Junior biology major Jameson Tanguay. Tanguay is excited for the opportunity to teach African children.

“We’re going to Ghana to teach basically whatever we can teach based on our skills. It happens to be a very good opportunity to further the experience I earn at Marywood,” said Tanguay.

The trip is to take place from May 22 – Jun. 10. The students who are attending will earn 3 credits for the experience.

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