Habitat for Humanity Experiential Learning Trip

The Emergency Management program requires students to complete two co-ops and one 6-week practical experience that takes place during summer or winter breaks.  Many students complete several co-ops. Freshmen EM students will participate in our Habitat for Humanity Experiential Learning Trip. Participation is required for all EM cadets who are freshmen or who transfer to MMA in the Spring. Students will stay at the HFH facility (known as the “Domestic Global Village”) in Eustis, Florida, which is a well maintained, clean, safe, and climate controlled building complex that has an established track record of successfully hosting collegiate volunteer groups. Their website, including pictures, media, and testimonials, can be found below. You may also read more about our Habitat for Humanity Experiential Learning Trip below.   

Check out this awesome video made by 4/C Emma Sullivan during Group B's time working with Habitat for Humanity!  

Please see the 2017 Habitat for Humanity Orientation PPT!
 

Who
Participation is required for all EM cadets who are freshmen or who transfer to MMA in the Spring. Cadets will be accompanied by the four EM Rates along with MMA faculty.  

Where
The HFH facility (known as the “Domestic Global Village”) is located at 1806 South Bay Street, Eustis, Florida 32726 which is a 48 mile drive from Orlando International Airport.  The Domestic Global Village (DGV) is a well maintained, clean, safe, and climate controlled building complex that has an established track record of successfully hosting collegiate volunteer groups.  Their website, including pictures, media, and testimonials, can be found at http://voluntourismcf.com/

Curious to know more?
Check out our 2017 blog on Facebook
 

This video includes commentary from students from Ohio State University.  OSU, among other academic institutions, has established a recurring program with the DGV.  

Prerequisites
Participants must have completed Introduction to Emergency Management and be in good academic and Regimental standing.  Participants are required to have medical insurance.
 
Transportation
Cohorts will travel as a group.   Air and ground transportation are included in your fees.  All cadets are expected to travel to and from Florida together.  
 
Safety
HFH provides training and professional supervision for all volunteers to ensure work site safety.   In the event medical care is needed, a large regional hospital is located 2.5 miles away from the DGV facility.  We will have a watch system in place to ensure accountability.   Faculty and Rates will reside in the same facility as the Cadets.
 
Living quarters
Student living quarters are gender segregated 8-10 person rooms with bunk beds.  Lockers are available in each room.  The rooms open to a mixed-use communal space that serves as a mess deck, classroom, and recreational area.   Washers and dryers are available on the premises and the hygiene facilities are large, clean, and well maintained.