Washington, DC: Hunger & Policy
The Washington, DC, Volunteer Venture trip is unique for its placement in our nation's capital and thus has a strong focus on the relationship of public policy and urban poverty. The trip's focus is on humanizing the faces of homelessness, hunger, and poverty in an urban setting, goals supported by work with organizations such as DC Coalition for the Homeless, DC Central Kitchen, and Martha's Table. These excursions provide hands-on volunteer experience and bring students into direct contact with both impoverished persons and those who work alongside them to alleviate hunger and homelessness.
Participants also spend a day on Capitol Hill meeting with lobbyists, touring the Capitol, and discussing poverty policy with Congressional staff. In the past, students have prepared questions and presentations for meetings on the Hill, allowing them to hear from the nation's leading experts on the issues associated with poverty. When not at work, students stay at First Trinity Lutheran Church in the heart of the District, tour capital landmarks, meet with alumni, and enjoy an extra week with twenty fellow-Generals.
To see more about what you'll be experiencing in Washington, here's some reading:
Maximum Number of Participants: 15