VIDA travels to Costa Rica, Nicaragua

By Janelle Mathews

Campus Life Editor

Around 50 students, including Miriah Schwendinger, a junior from Boscobel, Wis., will be traveling to Costa Rica and Nicaragua from Jan. 3 to Jan. 16 as part of Volunteers for Intercultural and Definitive Students (VIDA).

On this medical mission trip, the group of students, which include students from Ithaca College and UW-La Crosse as well as Viterbo, “will be working in clinics in less-privileged areas to offer medical and dental services to those who do not have access to these basic needs,” Schwendinger said.

The total cost of the trip is about $2700 including passport, airline tickets, insurance, food, taxi, and other expenses.  Schwendinger has raised $2300 so far through different fundraisers and donations that she had earlier this semester including two garage sales, a pork chop fundraiser, and a meet-n-greet.  Family members and friends have also helped donate money to her trip; recently, Schwendinger received a $500 donation from her grandmother.

To raise the final $400, Schwendinger will be having a few raffles in the upcoming weeks, and items include official signed baseball merchandise and a Coulee Region Adventures fishing trip worth $150.

Schwendinger’s motivation for going on this trip is because she “used to be a CNA and has been torn about wanting to pursue a medical career or be behind disaster relief efforts,” Schwendinger said. “This will really give me the opportunity to participate on both sides.”

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