March 7, 2016
This month more than a dozen Heritage High School students and teachers will embark on an eye-opening journey to a very different part of the world. They will travel to the West African nation of Ghana as part of the school’s international service-learning program, Project Wisdom. The 2½-week trip will span spring break and several days around it.
The program is designed to combine global studies, experiential learning, and community service. So while in Ghana, students will partner with schools, medical clinics, and international charities. Upon return, they will commit their time and their education to working with these Ghanaian partners to solve important global issues.
This is the second such trip for Heritage students. After the first, in 2014, participants returned and put their learning experience to work. They raised more than $3,000.00 for their global partners, including Wisdom Academy, a school in Kitase, Ghana, that had recently seen its kindergarten destroyed in a severe storm. They launched a student club that now claims dozens of members at Heritage High with partnerships at Heritage Middle and Elementary.
Heritage High English teacher Miles Macleod leads Project Wisdom and the upcoming “Global Expedition” with his wife Erin, a counselor at the school. Macleod and a pair of friends started the non-profit organization after volunteer teaching at Wisdom Academy in 2005. It now operates with a student-majority board of directors shaping the organization’s direction.
“These young leaders gain first-hand experience as they oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization,” Macleod says. “The choices they make and the programs they help build aim to have a real and lasting impact on global communities in need.”
Students have been raising money for the trip and other Project Wisdom efforts through sponsorships and donations, raffles, contests at HHS basketball games, t-shirt sales and events including an upcoming clothing/yard sale and a craft fair. They leave for Ghana on March 18.
More information is available on the Project Wisdom website. Learn about the students and the Global Expeditions trip at this link. Supporters can give to the program from the donations page. To coordinate opportunities to talk to students as they prepare for their trip, contact Mr. Macleod at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-649-1200.