|Spring Break 2009 Update|
|Tuesday, 31 March 2009 22:08|
College students came to the Arizona desert from around the country to participate in an alternative Spring Break program with No More Deaths. Students spent their week-long vacation camping and learning about border realities first-hand.
No More Deaths first opened its camps to college students last spring hosting 80 students from 11 schools. This year, 109 students from 13 schools participated in the program which ran the three weeks from March 7 through 27.
Students were received training in first aid, map reading, GPS use and desert survival along with sessions in border history, protocol, legal information and privilege.
Groups were split into two camps staffed by experienced No More Deaths volunteers. Each day, the students would break into small groups to patrol different migrant trails, looking for migrants who are in need of help. Volunteers also made sure water was available at different supply points maintained by the organization.
The following schools were represented during this year's program:
Arizona State University
New York University School of Law
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Kansas
University of Notre Dame
University of Oregon
University of Washington
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