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In St. Lucia, Practicing Community Development through Service-Learning

Each Winter Break, while many college students head to tropical destinations for some much needed rest and relaxation, 20 UVM students and two professors head to the Caribbean for another reason — community development through service-learning.

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Simon McIntosh '17


Map to Mongolia

On the eighth day, Simon McIntosh ‘17 got off his horse and started walking. He was exploring a roadless mountain pass in the northernmost corner of Mongolia, near the border of Russia. To his east, Lake Hovsgol stretched for more than eighty miles. “Some people call it the Blue Pearl,” he says. “It’s stunning around ...

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Communities, Conservation & Development in Costa Rica

Temperatures drop to the single digits as the UVM campus in Burlington rests quietly during Spring Break in early March. But half a world away, a group of 18 UVM students is meeting with residents of the small village of Guadalupe on Costa Rica’s beautiful and stunningly biodiverse Osa Peninsula, trying to stay cool under the ...

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UVM's Shampnois Wins City Award for Work in Student Neighborhoods

Gail Shampnois, director of UVM’s Office of Student and Community Relations, has won the 2016 Peter Clavelle award from the city of Burlington. Mayor Miro Weinberger, along with other city officials and community partners, honored Shampnois and other award winners in the Burlington community at a “Celebrate Burlington” event ...

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Med Student Highlights Injustices of Migrant Farm Workers

For student Al York, an assignment to detail the struggles and economic injustices of migrant farm workers went far beyond the classroom.

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