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Students to discuss Moldova trip at International Luncheon

Barry McNamara
10/20/2011
Two students who traveled to Moldova last spring will recount their experiences at Monmouth College’s next International Luncheon talk on Oct. 27 at noon in the Whiteman-McMillan Highlander Room of the Stockdale Center.

Seniors John Cayton of Clarksville, Tenn., and Mary Schuch of Woodstock will speak about “Giving and Getting ‘Speranza’ in Moldova” in their talk, which is open to the public.

When the students talk about their life-changing service trip, a common response is “Where is Moldova?” Bordered by Romania and Ukraine, Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe. However, the nine-member Monmouth travel party soon learned that Moldova had a plentiful supply of “speranza,” which means “hope.” While they expected to offer some hope to the Moldovans they met, they gained speranza as they celebrated a 12-year-old orphan’s first real birthday party, set up a library in an orphanage and shared life stories with teens rescued from human trafficking.

A buffet lunch, featuring international foods, is available. A meal ticket may be purchased for $7.50 can be purchased at the luncheon, but lunch reservations must be made in advance by calling 309-457-2149. Anyone may attend the presentation without obligation to purchase the meal.