Alameda Teen Spent Summer in Community Service

Alameda Teen Spent Summer in Community Service

Some local students might see their summer vacations as opportunities to donate community service time to local nonprofits. One Alameda resident took this concept all the way to Southeast Asia to perform international community service.Michaela Morrison spent a month last summer working and exploring in Cambodia. She was part of a group of high school students who traveled to Battambang, the country’s second largest city, to volunteer their time and energy.

Morrison and her fellow travelers worked on building projects; organized, facilitated and taught summer classes; and created educational films with Cambodian students about climate change, recycling and littering.

The group also learned firsthand about Cambodian culture while visiting places of historic and geographic interest as well as bicycling through rice paddies, visiting a silk- production facility and learning some of the basics of the Khmer language. This all took place through Visions Service Adventures.

“Service in the cross-cultural context allows teens the opportunity to make a difference,” said Visions Executive Director, Katherine Dayton. “They get to know the people whose lives they are impacting in personal, mutually respectful ways.” 

Visions operates high school and middle school volunteer travel programs in many locations. Find out more at www.visionsservice