At Volunteer Square, we are so proud of the work that our high school interns do for our organization and in their communities. We are committed to working with each intern to provide the training and tools required to succeed as part of the program. Interns are invited to submit guest blog posts detailing their volunteer experiences. We look forward to featuring the intern blogs throughout the spring and I am thrilled to share Cristina Ludwig’s story with you today. To learn more about our internship program and our current Volunteer Square interns, visit the intern section of our site.
On a Mission for School Break - By Cristina Ludwig, Milford CT
This past February break, I traveled with a group of students and staff from my high school, Lauralton Hall (Milford, CT), on a mission trip to Tohatchi, New Mexico. The trip to Tohatchi, which is part of the Navajo Nation, is only one of many ways for students to participate in Lauralton’s Campus Ministry program. In addition to the chance to travel to the Southwest, the trip was an opportunity to learn about a different culture while serving others.
In Tohatchi, we worked with the St. Mary Mission, a group of Franciscan sisters, brothers and priests who are dedicated to helping the diné. (Diné is the Navajo term for “the people”). Our duties included cleaning, painting, organizing and delivering food, and even helping at Bingo night. As we worked, we made connections with the people and their families served by the mission.