Service trips align with United Nations SDGs

How are they connected?


Many ASD students and teacher chaperones actively participate in the variety of yearly trips oriented around the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. Last year's trip to Tanzania, like the upcoming one, focused on educational aims and SDG #4.

Annika T., Reporter

Every year, ASD offers educational and informational service trips that take place to destinations all around the globe.

Students and advisers working with student service groups have recently made intentional moves to articulate the nature of their group’s particular “service.” Each group has identified its own alignment with a key Sustainable Development Goal, commonly known as an SDG, as identified by the United Nations.

Now, each trip will also focus on a specific purpose or objective, and each trip will aim to develop a deeper understanding of one SDG for all participants. 

The Sustainable Development Goals are 17 international goals, each pertaining to a global issue. The objective of these goals is to make the world a better place to live in, where everyone can achieve their greatest potential and fulfillment by not having to worry about basic needs. These goals were published by the United Nations in 2015 as a first step toward achieving all of them by the year 2030.

The service trips for this 2019-2020 school year are based on five key sustainable development goals.

The Phuket Trip takes place during the winter break of 2019-20. This is a new service trip, and it will focus on rescuing and rehabilitating gibbons (monkeys native to Thailand) that have been captured. Trip activities will highlight SDG #15, assisting Life on Land. Students will learn conservation strategies for endangered animals and information about the illegal wildlife trade and animal tourism to as well as efforts to rescue animals caught in these cycles.

The Tanzania Trip is a bi-annual spring break service trip that focuses on SDG #4, Quality Education. Students who participate have two option categories in how they choose to assist the St. Pius School, one of ASD’s adopted schools. Students can either assist and teach young children, focusing on the educational aspect, or they can continue the building expansion of the school building itself. ASD has been contributing toward funding the expansion of better facilities at St. Pius for some time. Several tourist attractions — an African Safari and the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater — will be also be available for ASD student exploration.

The Maldives Trip is an annual trip and is planned for spring break of 2020. The trip highlights SDG #14, assisting Life Below Water. Students who participate will get the opportunity to swim with whale sharks and help preserve the marine life community along with scuba diving and exploring the Maldives’ beautiful beaches.

The Jordan Trip is an annual spring break trip that highlights SDG #16, Peace Justice and Strong Institutions. Students will be based in Amman, which is Jordan’s capital and the center of the current refugee crisis. Students will collaborate and learn more about how to help the situation hands-on or abroad. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to explore Amman and visit Madaba, one of the oldest cities in the world.

The service trips for ASD students are great chances to get out there and work hands-on with regions that are in need. By participating in these service trips, and because of their connection to these critical goals, students have a rich opportunity to make the world a better place. 

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