Students Give Time and Effort to Families in Guatemala during Fall Break

HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 3, 2011 – Students at High Point University gained global insight by spending their fall break volunteering in Guatemala with HPU’s Alternative Fall Break Program. The trip marks the third annual HPU International Alternative Break trip.

A group of 16 HPU students, led by an HPU faculty member and three members of Oak Ridge United Methodist Church spent the week installing close-fire stoves in homes of three different communities – Chuisajcaba II, Tzampoj and Chuidolores – towns about six hours from Guatemala City.

There, the group worked together to install 80 stoves for 80 different families, as well as install water purifiers that will help provide clean drinking water for a year. Families were also supplied with de-wormer medicines and multivitamins for the children.

One student who feels particularly passionate about this trip, Dylan Robinson, was born in Guatemala. Robinson, a junior at HPU who served as a student leader in charge of fundraising for the group, was adopted and raised in Minneapolis. He has now traveled back to his native country with the Alternative Break trip twice now.

“It was truly an experience of a lifetime,” says Robinson, who adds the group raised nearly $30,000 for the trip. “It’s not every day that you get to make an impact on hundreds of people’s lives.”

The Guatemala Alternative Fall Break was one of three trips taken during the HPU Fall Break. Another trip was taken to Alabama. The two trips mark the seventh year in partnership between HPU and Oak Ridge United Methodist Church, and the 15th and 16th alternative break trips made together since the fall of 2005. A third trip, taken by the Alpha Phi Omega, the service fraternity on campus, was made to Nicaragua.

Other projects in past years have included flood recovery in Iowa, Atlanta and Nashville; hurricane response in Texas; a food gleaning project in Orlando; a safe-housing project in Florida; and hurricane relief in Mississippi.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.℠ HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. HPU was selected in the 2010-2011 list of “Colleges of Distinction,” as well as one of the top green schools in the country by the Sierra Club. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 10 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

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Pam Haynes

Communication Specialist


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