June 07, 2018
College of the Ozarks students, faculty, staff serve others in EcuadorA group of College of the Ozarks students, faculty, and staff served in Ecuador, May 16-26, 2018. The College partnered with Living and Learning Institute and Jungle Kids for Christ to serve the Antioch School in the Amazon jungle.
Naomi Ellis, junior business marketing major said, “I learned so much by being immersed in the culture of Quito and Mishualli for 10 days.” College of the Ozarks sent a group of students, faculty and staffs to serve in Ecuador, May 16-26, 2018. Students and sponsors were divided into business, agriculture, and media teams to achieve three initiatives.
POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — A group of College of the Ozarks students, faculty, and staff served in Ecuador May 16-26, 2018.
The College partnered with Living and Learning International and Jungle Kids for Christ to serve the Antioch School in the Amazon jungle.
Similar to how C of O operates, the Antioch School has a work study model. To cover the cost of education, parents and students work at the Antioch School farms. The C of O team worked to develop and increase the productivity of the farms to create more jobs for the school.
The students and sponsors were divided into three groups to achieve three initiatives.
The business group, led by Lindon Newberry, assistant professor of business, helped the Antioch School create a sustainable work school program.
The agriculture group partnered with the school to develop their 10 acre farm. The group was led by Tammy Holder, beef farm manager, agronomy supervisor, and associate professor of agronomy; and Dr. Mark Hubbard, professor of agriculture,
The media group, led by Dr. Curt Wilkinson, associate professor of communication arts, focused on developing a social media platform to produce resources and bring broader exposure to the school through visual story-telling media.
“A big thing that stuck out to me was how relational the Ecuadorians were, and how community was so important to them,” said Jacob Granado, senior agriculture and horticulture major. “We would see them in the middle of their town, just sitting together and talking to everyone.”
“Working in the jungle was something that I wasn't used to. We were working in high humidity, and it was constantly raining. We had to adapt to the environment,” Granado said. “A lot of the things I knew, I had to push to the side and dig deeper to figure out how to make a farm sustainable there.”
“I learned so much by being immersed in the culture of Quito and Mishualli for 10 days,” said Naomi Ellis, junior business marketing major. “I gained a new perspective of how all of the countries in the world were made by God with their own beauty and different cultures.”
“Antioch is an amazing place that’s trying to reimagine what school would look like in the jungle for the impoverished, indigenous native South Americans living in that context,” said Andrew Bolger, campus minister. “What they're doing is similar to what College of the Ozarks looked like maybe a hundred years ago. They’re saying, we want to educate indigenous children, who might commute by boat for two to four hours a day up and down the Amazon tributaries, and we want to help them grow more fully into who God created them to be.”
The group consisted of the following C of O students, faculty, and staff:
Dr. Andrew Bolger, campus minister
Shawn Cash, senior public relations major
Naomi Ellis, junior business marketing major
Kendra Fleury, senior business management major
Jacob Granado, senior agriculture and horticulture major
Madi Hayes, senior business marketing and studio art: graphic design major
Tammy Holder, beef farm manager, agronomy supervisor, and associate professor of agronomy
Dr. Mark Hubbard, professor of agriculture
Zach Kuder, senior agriculture business major
Lindon Newberry, assistant professor of business
Samantha Poole, senior Christian ministry and recreational administration major
Garret Stuck, junior psychology and business management major
Dr. Curt Wilkinson, associate professor of communication arts
About College of the Ozarks
College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Best Value Regional College in the Midwest and No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2018. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.
The Keeter Center — the College’s award-winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2018. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at www.facebook.com/collegeoftheozarks or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.
06.07.18 – Tara McCloskey