Spring break in New Orleans?
Sounds good. Pack your work clothes, work boots and prepare to get dirty and sore.
That’s how eight first-year medical students at Upstate, along with Center for Civic Engagement program coordinator Siobhan Arey (also a student in the CNYMPH program) will spend “vacation” next week.
The group departs in a van this weekend and will spend five days rehabbing a house damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. This is the second year in a row the Center for Civic Engagement has sponsored a trip to hard-hit St. Bernard Parish, still rebuilding from Katrina almost eight years later.
A few members of the group have been on similar relief trips, including Jordan Vokes when he was an undergraduate student at D’Youville College in Buffalo. Those trips encompassed working at food banks and community gardens as well as rebuilding homes, Jordan said.
This group of Upstate students won’t know their assignment until they arrive, but most likely it will be similar to last year, when Siobhan and a handful of second-year medical students worked to rebuild one house.
Look for an update on With Distinction after this group returns.