Twenty Grade 11 and 12 students, along with their sponsor teachers, from St. John Brebeuf High School in Abbotsford are travelling to Nicaragua from March 7 to 16 for a missions trip. (Submitted photo)

Twenty Grade 11 and 12 students, along with their sponsor teachers, from St. John Brebeuf High School in Abbotsford are travelling to Nicaragua from March 7 to 16 for a missions trip. (Submitted photo)

St. John Brebeuf students prepare for trip to Nicaragua

Abbotsford high school to visit rural community from March 7 to 16

St. John Brebeuf High School in Abbotsford will send 20 Grade 11 and 12 students to Nicaragua from March 7 to 16.

The endeavour, called Love Thy Neighbour, involves the students travelling to the small, rural community of La Concepcion to share their energy, desire to help, and enthusiasm with the people who live there.

The students will work on a small construction site, volunteer in the local school, visit orphanages, and interact with the Nicaraguan people in their everyday lives.

They say that encountering the realities of life in a third-world country, where the culture, economy and challenges are very different than in Canada, will be an experience they will never forget.

The students and their sponsor teachers have spent countless hours in the past two years planning, studying the language and culture, and fundraising for this trip.

They also plan to take school supplies, sports equipment and money to help the people of La Concepcion.

Anyone wanting more information or who wants to contribute items to the mission is asked to contact Alan Ferguson at the school via email – aferguson@stjohnbrebeuf.ca.