Posted November 24, 2008
Matt Shew’s trip to Gallup, New Mexico, through Bowdoin’s Alternative Spring Break program, was an influential moment during his sophomore year. He felt the group he went with made a tangible difference during the time they spent there. Homework completion rates skyrocketed and children showed a greater enthusiasm for reading. Matt credits the success to the Bowdoin students' willingness to provide sincere interest and investment in the kids' development.
The week Matt spent in New Mexico inspired him to lead another group there this year with Nick Simon '09. Participants on the trip will promote substance abuse awareness within Gallup’s public middle schools through a one-on-one approach in individual classrooms as well as by working with the principal to provide students with culturally and academically proper education about substance abuse. Matt hopes that the trip will provide Bowdoin participants the opportunity to learn about Native American culture and health and social issues in Native American societies.
“One of the most definitive experiences in my college career was an Alternative Spring Break trip to Gallup, New Mexico.”