Travel groups make most of Spring Break

It’s Spring Break this week at UIndy, and some students surely are enjoying the unseasonable Indiana weather, perhaps lounging on a distant beach, working for a little extra money or (ahem) getting a head start on their remaining studies for the semester.

But at least two UIndy groups are broadening their horizons with faculty-led overseas trips, one service-oriented, the other supplementing classroom work with real-life experience.

Twelve students are participating in a healthcare mission trip to the Dominican Republic, led by Assistant Professors Kathleen Hetzler and Barbara Winningham of the School of Nursing.

They will set up temporary clinics in rural areas, providing basic health services and education for the local villagers. The students, three of whom are not nursing majors, have been preparing for the trip since the start of the fall semester. They’ll get to do a little sightseeing too, by the way.

On the other side of the world, Associate Professor Milind Thakar and Assistant Professor Chad Martin of the Department of History, Political Science and International Relations are leading eight students on a tour of India.

They will spend a few days visiting historic sites and modern commercial areas of Delhi, with a side trip to Agra to see the Taj Mahal. Then they’ll fly to the southwestern coastal state of Kerala, where the attractions include picturesque villages and lagoons.

Thakar arranged the trip to accompany his Politics of South Asia course, in which several of the students are enrolled.