2016 Miner Challenge Trips

In 2016, we sent one international trip and five domestic trips! 

Santa Julia, Nicaragua

Trip Leader: Mary Puleo

Advisor: Brett Watson, Randi Cory

The International Miner Challenge trip focused on rural community development in a Santa Julia, Nicaragua. Students worked alongside the community to build water harvesters known as "pilas" to collect and store water during the dry season.  They will worked with Panorama Service Expeditions.


Montgomery, Alabama

Trip Leader: Aaron Latal

Advisor: Brittany Miller

The Alabama team traveled South to Montgomery, Alabama where they helped demolish and construct houses for impoverished families in the mornings with House2House, and worked with school aged children in the afternoon at an after school program through Common Ground Montgomery.


Colorado Springs, Colorado

Trip Leader: Jake Hale

Advisor: Laterrica Simmons

This team worked with the Care and Share Foodbank and will focus on community and economic development. They worked outdoors to create an irrigation system for a garden, sorted food at the food bank, and engaged in conversations about food insecurity in the Colorado Springs area.


Harlan, Kentucky

Trip Leader: Sam Cyr

Trip Advisor: Christian Lehman

Crime in the area causes people to keep dogs on a leash in the yard. However, these dogs are neglected and often malnourished. This team built and distributed dog homes made from scrap along with hay and food to local residents and dogs in need.  The team also learned about the social and economic impact of the Kentucky mining industry, and helped restore a mining site to its natural beauty by planting 1000 trees.

Hammond, Louisiana

Trip Leader: Andrew Meese

Trip Advisor: Kristen Gallagher

The trip to Hammond Louisiana was focused on housing improvement.  The group worked with the Ginger Ford Fuller Center to build houses for families in need. 


Harlan County, Tennessee

Trip Leader: Bri Works

Trip Advisor: Jessica Haywood

The trip to Hardin County, Tennessee was to a wonderful refuge center for animals called Horse Creek Wildlife Sanctuary and Animal Refuge. The team spent three to four hours a day socializing rescued dogs and puppies, and getting them ready for their FURever homes. Remaining time was spent cleaning hiking trails, raking, and clearing debris to keep the property nice and ready for local school groups.