Central Michigan University students volunteering over winter break at historic concentration camp


College students often look forward to winter break. Whether it’s sleeping in, eating too much or spending time with family and friends.

For 11 Central Michigan university students however, the holiday will be spent overseas volunteering at a historic concentration camp.

The students will travel to Germany and Poland through CMU’s Alternative Breaks program.

The main component of the trip will consist of volunteering at Auschwitz. Students will helping maintain the grounds and memorials and at the same time, they’ll learn more about the holocaust through a first-hand experience.

The students will also tour several other sites such as the Berlin Wall, the Brandenburg Gate and the Schindler building in Poland as part of the 15 day trip.

Shawna Ross, director of the Mary Ellen Brandell volunteer center at CMU, says “Our programs, one of the hallmarks of it is that it’s not based on location, but it’s actually based on issue, a social justice issue and the student advisory board had decided that studying more and really understanding the issue of genocide was really important to them.”

Ross says the Auschwitz trip will run from December 27 thru January 10

The students traveling over are as follows :

Leigh Balice – Ionia, MI
Octavia Carson – Pontiac, MI
Nicole Infante – Beleville, MI
Molly Pocsi – Sand Lake, MI
Stephanie Pocsi – Sand Lake, MI
Arianna Svestka – Adrian, MI
Ricky Hohn – Allen Park, MI
Lauren Rabish – Pinconning, MI
Kendall Samules – Ludington, MI
Juline Kotarski – Traverse City, MI
Rachel McDaniel – Allegan, MI

For more information on the Alternative Breaks program at Central Michigan Click Here