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Grand Rapids, Michigan has so much more to offer than just Calvin College. The Urban experience will provide opportunities to interact with Calvin's new and returning students, faculty and staff. You will be exploring the city of Grand Rapids as you take a bike tour, live in Project Neighborhood houses in the Creston Neighborhood, and participate in meaningful service-learning experiences with local partner agencies in the Creston Neighborhood Association.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
July 19-25(Follows PASSPORT II)
Available spots: 12
"This trip helped me transition and get to know Grand Rapids with my fellow Calvin students through meaningful service-learning activities and bonding experiences."
"An unbelievable experience with amazing people."
"The trip is worth it."
I´m very excited to get to know students and share the Grand Rapids area with them as we all get to know it better! I have led wilderness orientation trips in the past and served as a resident assistant for the Entrada Scholars Program. Service is a unique approach, based in humility. You will learn as much as you give.
We are co-associate directors in the Service-Learning Center at Calvin College. We're excited to welcome students to Grand Rapids and especially to the Creston neighborhood, where our family lives, worships, attends school, plays, and serves. This week will be a great opportunity for you to work alongside who are committed to providing fair and affordable housing and healthy food options for their neighbors.
I am involved with the Urban Experience because I think it is such an exciting way for students to begin their life at Calvin College. One of Calvin's greatest assets is the city of Grand Rapids. To introduce students to both its challenges and assets is a significant honor. I believe that students who participate in the Urban Experience have a unique opportunity to better understand the city and to enjoy it in more meaningful ways while they are students here at Calvin.
Friday, July 19: Orientation to the neighborhood, settle in to the house
Saturday, July 20: Work day in the morning, exploring Grand Rapids in the afternoon
Sunday, July 21: Worship at Creston CRC in the morning, afternoon at the Lake Michigan beach
Monday, July 22: Work day, dinner with a community leader
Tuesday, July 23: Work day, dinner at Supper House, swing dancing downtown
Wednesday, July 24: Work day in the morning, exploring Grand Rapids in the afternoon
Thursday, July 25: Reflection on the week, packing and cleaning up, farewell