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Spring 2011 Appalachia Seminar

Sam Stryker, Kristen Durbin and Megan Doyle | Thursday, March 24, 2011

While many students opted for a week filled with sun and sand or a trip back to the comforts of home, some Notre Dame undergraduates headed down country roads over spring break.

This March, over 160 students traveled to 18 work sites scattered throughout Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee and Virginia to participate in the Center for Social Concern’s Appalachia Seminar.

The Appalachia Seminar, which has run for nearly 30 years, is so popular among students that it is considered an item to be checked off any true “Notre Dame Bucket List.”

Students can serve in a variety of capacities, including environmental stewardship, education, general service to the community, home repair and construction. During their week-long immersion, students participate in service, interact with community members, visit local areas of interest and cook their own meals.

Three members of Observer News participated in the Appalachia Seminar this spring. Sam Stryker and Kristen Durbin traveled to New River Gorge National River in W. Va., and Megan Doyle worked at the Community Development Outreach Ministries in Charleston, W. Va.. We’ve got the inside scoop on spring break down the back roads.

See you in another ND Minute.