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Spring break trips teach power of ‘service, friendship and community’

Washington University in St. Louis senior Isabel Gloria never presumed her spring break service trip would change the world. But it did change her.

Gloria recently returned from San Juan, Texas, near the U.S.-Mexico border, where she and other students volunteered for Proyecto Azteca, a housing program that serves farm workers and other low-income families. She said the experience has strengthened her desire to serve Latino immigrant communities.

“This short period of time was not nearly enough to enact social change, but this experience will stay with me,” said Gloria, who is studying anthropology in Arts & Sciences. “Our trip was an important reminder not only of the challenges that our fellow brothers and sisters on this Earth can face due to structural inequalities, but also the power of service, friendship and community.”

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