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Lehman L.I.F.E.

Lehman L.I.F.E. supports service opportunities for students by creating awareness of need in communities around the world and fostering action through volunteer work. Our main goal is to increase awareness of issues affecting humanity from our campus to the global society.

Students have traveled to Dominican Republic, New Orleans, Virginia Beach, Cincinnati, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Kenya to perform community service efforts and aid other communities in their own sustainability. Each year, we begin planning for the following academic year's trips. If you would like to get involved, please contact our office right away!

Students are required to fundraise or pay for 100% of their Lehman L.I.F.E. trip.

The Spring and Summer Break 2015 Lehman L.I.F.E. Application closed on September 24, 2014. The application will reopen in Fall 2015.

Spring Break 2015 (April 3 – April 10, 2015)

Lehman L.I.F.E. Alumni Trip

Summer 2015 (Dates Vary)

Lehman L.I.F.E. Alumni Trip

Spring Break 2015 (April 3 – April 10, 2015)

Hope Community Center - Apopka, Florida

Hope Community Center:Dedicated to the empowerment of Central Florida’s immigrant and working poor communities through Education, Advocacy, and Spiritual Growth.

Work Involved:  Experience working and living in a farm worker community.  Volunteers will in addition to living, eating, and playing with local farm worker families, you will also work alongside them in the fields.  In addition, you will have the \opportunity to really reflect on your experience through different workshops on community organizing and team building; as well as learn the history behind the modern agricultural worker in the United States.  This program stresses Community and Social Justice.

Lehman L.I.F.E. volunteered in Apopka in 2012 and had an amazing experience.  So much so that our students have voted to bring this program back to our Alternative Break schedule!

Bridges to Community - Jinotega, Nicaragua

TheBridges to Community volunteer experience is unlike almost anything else you can experience—it will challenge you, confuse you, inspire you, and change you. In nine days, you will make a real and lasting difference for an individual, a family, even a whole community in an impoverished part of the world. But what comes as the biggest surprise to so many of our volunteers is that when you return, you will find that these nine days have made a real and lasting difference for you as well. And your world will never be the same again.

What Will My Trip Be Like?

Our volunteers live in rural areas in dormitory style housing, eat local foods, and work side by side with people from the communities that they are helping. There are few outside world intrusions such as cell phones or computers. After a day of working on a project, volunteers might play soccer with local children, read, play games or just relax and reflect on the experience. The trip will also include time to experience the history and culture of the destination country.

The projects that a volunteer might be involved with include building a home, a school, a library, a health clinic, or a tank for clean drinking water. All of our projects offer the satisfaction of impacting the health, well being and future of a child, a family, or an entire community. Volunteers will return home with a new perspective on life and the world.

Lehman L.I.F.E. Alumni Trip

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

This trip is reserved for Lehman L.I.F.E. Program Alumni who are trained in Special Education, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Sociology or Early Childhood Education. Bilingual is preferred but translators will be guiding you, so it’s not required.

Lehman L.I.F.E. Alumni program structure entails meeting once a month, usually on a weeknight or weekend for a meal and preparation meeting.

Pleiades For Christ – Dominican Republic (PFC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to work with children with disabilities and/or who live in extreme poverty. We work with the families of the needy, focusing on an inclusive social process allowing these children to further develop their physical and intellectual skills. Our facility is the first inclusive school that provides education to disabled children in the Dominican Republic. Our facilities also include an orphanage and a physical therapy area which are completely free for these children and their families. We work shoulder to shoulder with volunteers and health professionals towards our goal. This organization combats the unequal conditions of children in vulnerable conditions. Our home supports 70 children and provides help to 500 families with children suffering from autism, Down Syndrome, hydrocephalus, microcephaly, cleft palate, elephantiasis, muscular dystrophy, osteogenesis imperfecta and spina bifida.

Our organization provides relief to children throughout all of the Dominican Republic since July, 2007. We have held 30 health campaigns aiding over 2,000 families. However, as passionate as we are about our children and the task at hand, we have very little space, staff and resources. We would like to be able to sustain and improve our inclusive school, orphanage, and physical therapy area in order to continue our mission.

We invite your dedicated students to join us in our mission, in which they will get the opportunity to provide their professional support and in return we offer a once in a lifetime experience. In addition, if any donations such as unused computers, chairs, desks, wheelchairs or any school related materials can be donated to our organization, it would be a huge step towards restoring the lives of these children. These services will be provided free of charge to children in extreme poverty with physical impairment. More importantly is the possibility of having interested students visit and help us reach our goal.

We beckon you to join our fight in the Dominican Republic against the discrimination, exclusion and mistreatment of disabled individuals, especially our children, who live in extreme poverty. Please help us help them. We have made efforts by knocking on doors of organizations in the Dominican Republic for aid in our mission; we have struggled to receive help.


Summer 2015  - July (Dates Vary)

Delhi, India

UBELONG> ->Delhi is a world in of itself. The capital is a rich summary of the extraordinary complexities of India, a giant country so diverse that even locals consider it larger than life. A megacity with over 20 million people, Delhi is much more than the political heart of the world’s largest democracy. Delhi honors the traditions of the country’s immense cultural heritage, but the capital is changing as rapidly as India’s global role as an economic superpower.

However, Delhi is full of contradictions. As the rest of India, Delhi is defined by striking socioeconomic inequalities. Even beyond the highly deprived slums, poverty is growing in Delhi. Access to decent housing and social services like healthcare and education is increasingly difficult for the poorest. Poverty makes it hard for many young people to aspire to better living standards in the city. When you volunteer in India there are many opportunities available to you, including volunteering with local NGOs on a range of issues, teaching, and caring for disadvantaged children.

Lehman L.I.F.E. Alumni Trip

El Progreso, Honduras

This trip is reserved for Lehman L.I.F.E. Program Alumni who are trained in Special Education, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Sociology or Early Childhood Education. Bilingual is preferred but translators will be guiding you, so it’s not required.

Lehman L.I.F.E. Alumni program structure entails meeting once a month, usually on a weeknight or weekend for a meal and preparation meeting.

1,000 Schools: We work with partner villages in rural Honduras to construct schools, build additional classrooms, and provide school supplies.
Villa Soleada A sustainable village for 43 families who use to live in El Progreso's largest shantytown.
Children's Home A safe shelter for children who have been orphaned, abandoned, or otherwise can't live with their families

Day 1: Arrival into San Pedro Sula (airport code SAP)

Our staff will be waiting for you at the airport and drive you to El Progreso. You will spend the evening at your hotel with your fellow volunteers and relax. Dinner and orientation will be at the hotel.

Day 2: Project visits 
Visit our various projects in El Progreso to meet the families and children. For lunch, learn to make a typical Honduran meal with a local family. Depending on the weather, we may play a fun game of soccer in the afternoon against a local team. There will be a group activity in the evening.

Day 3 – 6: At the worksite  
After breakfast in the hotel at 8am, work from 9am to 5pm at your worksite. You will work side by side with fellow volunteers, professional masons and family members from the community. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to practice your Spanish, spend time with the kids, and even help teach English. Lunch is served at the worksite. There is usually an optional barefoot soccer game in late afternoon. After dinner in the hotel, we will have a cultural activity each evening such as dance lessons, movie night, soccer games and much more.

Day 7: Field trip to Caribbean beaches of Tela
Relax in the Caribbean beaches of Tela, just 50 minutes away from El Progreso. Some of the families and children will accompany us on the trip. There will be a goodbye party in the evening.

Trip Requirements for All Students

The Spring and Summer Break 2015 Lehman L.I.F.E. Application closed on
September 24, 2014. The application will reopen in Fall 2015.

  • Attend a Lehman L.I.F.E. Info Session - Required for All Applicants

  • Turn in Application by Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 4PM to the Office Of Community Engagement, Old Gym Room 302

  • Sign up for an interview when you return your application

  • Complete 25 hours of service with Community Engagement before November 21, 2014.

    • One volunteer project must be the TCS NYC Marathon on November 2, 2014 from 7:30am-4pm
  • Participate in all pre-trip meetings – These are mandatory

  • Deposit of Airfare due by November 21, 2014

  • Maintain a minimum of 2.5 GPA.

  • Fundraise with the group to help cover the cost of the trip

  • Pay the balance remaining on your account, after fundraising is calculated

  • Participate in two pre-trip service projects after selection with Community Engagement

  • Attend the Alternative Spring Break trip in full

  • Sign and return the appropriate liability release forms

  • Sign and abide by the alcohol and substance use agreement

  • Fulfill all immunization requirements if necessary for trip location.

  • Be a responsible and involved group member – Be present!

  • Have a positive attitude throughout the entire Lehman L.I.F.E. process