Monday morning of March 24: today is the first day when our trip members officially begin volunteering at their respective community partner organizations. In spite of the last minute emails and logistic details that had to be resolved, all five trips are all successfully underway.
As I am writing this post, I cannot help but reminisce about my own first alternative spring break trip in 2012 at New Orleans, Louisiana. I had first met my group as a whole at the airport, in front of the Panda Express. By the end of the week, we had managed to hit up most of the well-known restaurants in NOLA, ate beignets at the Cafe du Monde, put down a bunch of wooden boards to renovate the hard-wood floor, then took it all apart again because we did it wrong… But most importantly, I got to learn about the current status of disaster relief for Hurricane Katrina from over eight years ago. Additionally, I got to meet and befriend MIT students that I would have never had the chance to even talk to otherwise. It was an amazing experience that shaped the rest of my experiences at MIT.
I am confident that this year’s trips, like all the ones before it, would be a great success. Look forward to hearing from our trip members on this blog!