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Faith & Service

68 Waynesburg University students to serve internationally

Guatemala, Costa Rica and Romania among destinations

Teghan Simonton May 8, 2019

This summer, 68 Waynesburg University students will participate in service trips to three different international locations. Students will travel to Patzun, Guatemala; San Jose, Costa Rica; and Calea Santanddrei, Romania.

Centro Nutricional y Hogar de Niños – Patzun, Guatemala

Led by Pat Bristor, associate dean of students, and Ryan Smith, assistant director of student activities, 16 Waynesburg University students will travel to Guatemala to serve at an orphanage and a hospital. They departed Monday, May 6, and will return Wednesday, May 22.

The University has visited the orphanage for nearly 17 years. This year, students will build a dome over the children’s play area, clean and paint in both locations and interact with the children.

Iglesia Bautista Getsemani – Venado, Costa Rica

Thirty-two soccer players will serve in Venado, a Costa Rican island, and San Jose, Costa Rica, this summer. Led by Brad and Laura Heethuis, men’s and women’s head soccer coaches, Zachary Morgan, assistant soccer coach, and Erin Leaver, assistant athletic trainer, the athletes departed Monday, May 6, and will return Sunday, May 12.

The students will work in a local school and church, spend time at a local women’s shelter and compete in two international soccer matches.

Caminul Felix Orphanage – Calea Santandrei, Romania

The Waynesburg University Lamplighters Touring Choir will serve at the Caminul Felix Orphanage in Romania this summer. Led by Sora Lee and Melanie Catana, director of choral music, 20 students will depart Wednesday, May 8, and return Friday, May 17.

The students will offer benefit concerts to raise funds and awareness for the orphanage. They will also interact with the children, paint houses and help with grounds maintenance in the village.

To learn more about Waynesburg University service trips, contact Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of students, at or 724-852-3461.

Faith, Learning and Service Immersion Trips

To learn more about current and future service trips, click on the link below or reach to Kelley Hardie, assistant dean of students, at