Fall Break Wesleyan Journey 2015
Our experience making and sharing music in Costa Rica was incredibly positive for both students and instructors alike. The Costa Rican students reminded us all that music should first and foremost be fun and uplifting. It was incredible to see how music connected us,
as well. From teaching our fight song to the Banda Comunal La Fortuna to watching elementary students’ faces light up with recognition when we’d start singing songs from Frozen, we all got to experience first-hand the cross-cultural power of music. ~Sarah
As we blended as people, both American and Costa Rican, we shared through our similarities, and we learned from our differences. They’ve taught me to be grateful and happy for every good thing in my life. They showed me how to make the best out of a bad situation as well. ~Jaicee Wilson
It was a really eye opening experience to remind me how lucky I am to have the resources I have when it comes to music and reminded me that creating good music isn’t always about the technical parts of it, but the love and fun you have with it.~Tina Butts
I am so glad I decided to sign up for this Journey. I really got to know the people on my team–people that I probably wouldn’t have talked to without this trip. That’s one of the best things I took away from this experience. I also learned more about myself and how to more effectively serve others. Overall, I had a great week and I encourage others to step out of their comfort zones and sign up for a Wesleyan Journey! ~Marissa Henning
I learned when there is a storm coming there is always someone there to have your back. Coming back from the trip I’ve come to realize to never lose your happiness or the pursuit for more and always respect those around you because everyone has a story. In life you have to face your fears sooner or later and break them in half. Know what matters most in your life. My Wesleyan Journey was a life changing experience.~Delaney Furnish
Being in an environment like Costa Rica was surprisingly eye opening. Everything was relaxed and laid back, but the people I interacted with were far from being lazy and unproductive. It was like a perfect balance. ~Keighley Miller
The service learning class trip to Costa Rica with eight students (the Band of Nine) was a special experience for all of us! In all of our service learning experiences (working and playing with students in a poor and ill-equipped rural school and assisting with a reforestation project) and in our adventure activities (canyoneering, rappelling THROUGH a waterfall and also head first down another major drop!) we were exploring the many dimensions of mental health enhancement and support in a culture very different from ours and higher than ours in societal ratings of happiness. There were more than enough exciting and thoughtful times for Fall Break, and a type of experience that students should seriously consider for themselves in the future. Clearly, it was a rich and eye-opening experience for everyone! ~ Gerald Gillespie
Working with the La Fortuna Marching Band was definitely an unforgettable experience. I’m excited to apply what we learned with them at KWU. ~Melissa Larson
The wesleyan journey was truly a life changing experience. Getting to know the fine people that went on the trip was a privilege. The life lessons that each of us will apply to the rest of our lives will not only help us be highly effective but learn to understand how to appreciate the little things in life. ~Petey Martinez
Fourteen students along with Dr. Matt Thompson and I took an extended journey into the Florida Keys. Our service journey was based at the National Boy Scout Base called Sea Base. Our primary goal was
to develop new skills in the area of servant leadership and help the Floridian Key members as we did! Highlights of the trip included Sea Base sailing, kayaking, and paddle boarding skill development. For two days, we were on the open Atlantic seaboard developing our sailing and skin diving skills. We endured a early morning sea squall with high winds and rain. Our team also cited sharks, barracudas, and ‘lots of pretty fish.’ We had a good time.
One day we spent an entire day serving the Dolphin Research Center of the Florida Keys. We cleaned, dug, and sorted various projects. We worked most of our time there; hoewever, had some time to enjoy dolphins or sea lyons. Overall whether we were clearning the Sea Base or Dolphin Research Cetner, KWU students know how to work hard and get the job done!
The class room was mobile. We studied the prinicples of servant leadership wherever we were from the hotels to sea base to the boats. Our “world was the laboratory.” Many of the seniors were graduating in a month. They felt that this process prepared them for their next step… It was truly a Wesleyan Journey where they ‘Sailed About.’~Paul Hedlund