Atlanta, Georgia: Homelessness and Hunger
The ASB team serving in Atlanta will spend the majority of their time working with Project Open Hand. Open Hand has been serving the community for over 22 years, creating and delivering nutritious meals that improve quality of life for disadvantaged populations. Idaho students will help create, package, and deliver meals to those most in need. Volunteers will also serve several evenings at an Atlanta homeless shelter. This will give students the opportunity to meet and spend time amongst members of Atlanta's homeless community and to reflect on and discuss issues revolving around poverty, homelessness, hunger, and people with disabilities. This will be the third team from Idaho to serve on this project.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Poverty, Race, and Access to Housing
Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh works to offer no-cost home repairs to underrepresented groups and also focuses on helping neighborhoods stabilize and grow. They are committed to revitalization and urban renewal. The Pittsburgh ASB team will be working on homes in the Homewood and Wilkensburg communities in the East End of Pittsburgh. These predominately African-American communities have a 28% home vacancy rate and have seen a steady decline in population and business. Despite these issues, the community is looking to revitalize and move forward. Students will be discussing issues around race, urban renewal, poverty, "white flight," and inequality. This will be the second team from the University of Idaho serving in Pittsburgh.
Cai Cay, Peru: Poverty, Education and Community Development
The ASB team serving in Peru will work on a variety of projects in the small rural town of Cai Cay. Students will learn about poverty, education and community development issues while working on projects to benefit the community. There will be a mix of construction education projects. This will be the third University of Idaho team working in Cai Cay.
Quito and Santa Lucia, Ecuador: Poverty, Education and Sustainability
70% of Ecuador's population lives below the poverty line and children are commonly affected by the lack of resources, safe places, and educational opportunities available to them. Participants on the Ecuador ASB team will spend half of their time serving as mentors and teachers in a halfway house for street children in the capital city of Quito and the other half working in the cloud forest at a sustainable eco-lodge. The group will address the issues of poverty and homelessness amongst children, responsible environmental practices, and sustainability.