Broadening Horizons: A Global Citizenship Class Story

Fanny Jonathan, massage therapy student

Students in Global Citizenship at Globe University-Madison West recently partnered with the Middleton Outreach Ministry, working with their Seniors Program at Voss Haus to provide assistance to residents in the Middleton community. Through the program, volunteers provide seniors seasonal assistance to help with the upkeep of their homes. Students vacuumed, moved furniture and cleaned and organized the residents’ homes.

“It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot, Courtnie Teske, a veterinary technology student, said. “It was nice to help someone who couldn’t do certain things on their own. It helped me be able to come out of my shell. It put a smile on her face and it was nice to see her being appreciative.” 

The purpose of this applied learning project was to build community and show students there is more outside of their “bubble” and to see the world in a new way. They read an inspiring story about an elderly man and his daily life. It taught them to look past their first judgment and see people for who they really are.

“It was a great experience that took me out of my comfort zone and will help me in my future career,” Janice Luna Castro, a health fitness specialist student, said. “It is an experience that related directly to this class, which opened our eyes to the outside community and breaks us out of our own little world”.

Want to get involved in your community and volunteer with the Middleton Outreach Ministry? Visit their website at www.momhelps.org for more information.