Spending the day looking into the eyes of the poor in Naples can change someone forever‚Ä¶ Students went from reading about poverty to working in a center that addresses poverty. ¬†In short, the field lab was a chance for the students to be participants, observers, and contributors by preparing and serving meals at a community center designed to address some of the poorest people in Naples.
Anthropology Professor Joel Savishinsky from Ithica Collage
This was the most overwhelming thing I have ever been though in my entire life‚Ä¶ Having the chance to spend a few hours with the dedicated staff was a turning point for me. I can go back home and make a difference and help out the people in need in my town of Manhattan, Kansas‚Ä¶ This field lab has broken down the barrier between just visiting a country and truly experiencing it.
Carson O‚ÄôConnor, Kansas State University
A lot of people didn‚Äôt want to look at you as you served them, but if you smiled at them they would generally smile back . Some had a sad look and a sense of shame on their faces for having to depend on others for food.
Jami McMillen from Colorado State University
This was like nothing else I had experienced before, so I called my mom, and was on the brink of tears. Some people are so appreciative of what food you give them and others were fighting and it wasn‚Äôt good enough for them‚Ä¶ This class made me appreciate my life so much more.
Cara Puzzio from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey