Student-Athletes Donate Time In Zambia
ZAMBIA - The Iona College office of Mission and Ministry recently took their annual trip to Zambia. Out of the 11 trip team members, three of the dedicated volunteers were female student-athletes. Rising junior Sydney Thompson of women's swimming, rising sophomore Courtney Blasko of softball, and rising senior Devika Joshi of women's water polo all made the trek and made an effort to give tremendous impact on the Zambian community.
Thompson commented: “We all really enjoyed serving the community through teaching in several schools and assisting at an after-school program. This trip was such an amazing experience for all of us and I highly recommended it to all who are interested next year.”
The student-athletes spent a lot of their time in Zambia not only teaching and serving, but also immersing themselves in the culture. The trio, along with the other students, visited the Magoye Village and shopped in multiple markets. Experiences like learning how to make the country's stable food nshima, visiting the homes of students, attending a Sunday mass in traditional attire, and learning traditional Zambian dances enlightened all those in attendance to appreciate what they have, and give whatever they can afford.
The group also spent two days with The Edmund Rice Justice Desk learning how to implement what they experienced and became passionate about in Zambia into justice plans.
The Iona College office of Mission and Ministry organizes about 15 immersion trips per year during the winter, spring, and summer breaks. Some of the other immersion locations include India, Ireland, Peru, and several locations throughout the US. These trips are a great way to serve whether it's close to home or across the world.