PHOENIX, March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Spring break can be both a blessing and a
curse, but is undoubtedly a time that all college students anticipate,
planning trips that will allow them to escape studies and let loose for the
week. Next week's break will be far from typical, however, for students at a
private Arizona university who will focus their energies on doing good, rather
than being bad. And they're inviting anyone and everyone to watch them along
"Spring break alternatives are becoming a popular choice, as many students
prefer to devote the week to service-oriented travel," said Elliott Lemenager,
social media strategist at Grand Canyon University, a leading Phoenix-based
private, intentionally Christian university. "Going on this trip will enable
us to spawn conversation about what is going on in Honduras through social
media channels, and demonstrate how GCU is taking a role to serve others on a
Accompanying Lemenager on the nine-day mission trip will be two Grand
Canyon University sophomore students - Karissa Kelsey and Alyssa Adams. Both
students are looking forward to the chance to "give back" during a week
typically devoted to partying.
"I feel so blessed to be able to go and serve in a country where there is
so much need," said Clarkstown, Wash.-native Adams. "Having the chance to
bring these people the simple joys and necessities in life, whether it's food,
clothing, joy, happiness or faith; even if I reach just one person, it will be
a successful trip."
While on the trip, Lemenager, Adams and Kelsey will harness the
opportunity to share their experience with others through social media tools,
inviting site visitors to engage in live chat via Ustream, live video, photo
journaling and blogging.
"We're fortunate in that we'll have the capability to invite those from
around the world to be global citizens right alongside us as we reach out to
the villagers," said Lemenager. "We'll be posting daily for anyone who is
interested in following us, essentially blending the worldwide virtual
landscape with a very untouched one."
The majority of the trip will be spent in la Esperanza, Honduras where the
group will serve in various ways - engaging in dialogue, educating about
Christianity and offering much needed food, comfort and clothing. According to
the Pan American Health Organization, "among indigenous children under the age
of 14 in Honduras, 95 percent are malnourished."
In addition to feeding villagers and engaging in a religion-focused
dialogue, the group will visit the children's home, as well as travel deep
into the country, off the beaten path, where they will visit the smaller
villages to spread faith-based messages.
"I think it will be interesting to see how God uses us," said Kelsey, who
hails from Rancho Cucamonga, CA. "I'm nervous because I've never engaged
people like this before, but I know God will speak through me when the time
For those wishing to follow the three travelers visit www.gcumissions.com.
More information about GCU's programming is available at www.gcu.edu or by
About Grand Canyon University
Founded in 1949, Grand Canyon University is a traditional regionally
accredited, private, Christian university offering campus-based and online
bachelor's and master's degree programs through the Ken Blanchard College of
Business, College of Education, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and
College of Liberal Arts. The Phoenix-based school is ranked as having one of
the top online education programs by OEDb (Online Education Database). GCU
emphasizes individual attention for both traditional undergraduate students as
well as the working professional. For more information visit www.gcu.edu.
SOURCE Grand Canyon University