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Brooklyn Campus Students Choose Spring Break Alternative: Helping Others

Students for Humanity Society will lend a hand in Costa Rica


Fatima Kafele,Deputy Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
(718) 488-1014

Brooklyn, N.Y.— While many college students opt to relax at home or party at the beach during spring break, a group of Long Island University Brooklyn Campus students will spend their vacation doing volunteer work with the Costa Rica Humanitarian Foundation.

Six members of the Students for Humanity Society will tutor young children, plant trees at an indigenous reserve and lay cement floors at a health clinic during their weeklong stay in Heredi, Costa Rica, which begins March 12, 2011.

The trip will afford students the opportunity to provide concrete solutions to real problems, said Kimchung Pang, president of the Students for Humanity Society at the Brooklyn Campus.

The group was born out of an alternative spring break trip to New Orleans in 2009.“After that experience, many of us began to understand that our breaks are more meaningful when we are doing work for others,” Pang said. “We formed the organization and we now participate in community service projects both at home and abroad.”

Students for Humanity Society and the Office of Student Life and Leadership Development are sponsoring the trip, while the students are fundraising to help supplement the cost of airfare.

Provost Gale Stevens Haynes noted, “Our students take great pride in knowing that they are truly making a difference, and in turn we are truly proud of them!”

The Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to developing creative and economical solutions to a wide range of social problems in Costa Rica. For more information about the organization visit  

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Posted 03/08/2011

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