Semester at Sea participants spent part of a day at a remarkable camp in Oberhausen, Germany.¬†Friedensdorf,¬†or Peace Village in English, provides medical help to children from all over the world who‚Äôve sustained injuries from living in war-torn regions, including Angola and Afghanistan.
Since 1967, Peace Village International has accomplished its goal to help improve the medical and humanitarian conditions in regions of war and conflict. It has done this without political or religious affiliation, and by working under the belief that it can focus on what really matters‚Äîthe children. Once the children are healed, they are returned to their families.
Semester at Sea participants spent time with the children playing games, drawing pictures, making craft projects, and hearing stories of these children‚Äôs lives. SAS students also delivered 900 toothbrushes for Global Grins, an organizations that donates toothbrushes to impoverished persons around the world. Since the children come from different backgrounds and cultures, there isn‚Äôt one universal language used yet, as the SAS students experienced, communication occurs regardless. The children are fast learners and pick up bits of language that allow them to interact with each other.¬†By interacting with the children, participants learned about the goals of Peace Village International and felt like they were a part of the overall vision.