College students travel 14 hours for unique spring break trip

Like many college students, Amy Defnet is spending her spring break outdoors. No, she’s not at the beach. She’s sifting through dirt at Land Between the Lakes.

Defnet, along with some other students, drove 14 hours from Hamilton College in New York to volunteer at the National Recreation Area. They’re helping a local archeologist get started on a seven-acre dig.

"It’s nice to see our work is appreciated," says Defnet.

By sifting through the soil, students can learn more about the people who use to live on this land.

"The first hole we dug as a group we found a rusty nail," says Nora Silva.

Nora Silva is a college freshman. She says the service trip is a good way to meet people she wouldn’t normally run into on campus.

For volunteer coordinator Emily Cleaver, it’s always a shock to see college students wanting to volunteer instead of party during spring break.

"They’re probably the most gung ho volunteers you get because they’re ready to go," says Cleaver. "They come in and get work done. What would take us hours, it takes them minutes."

"It’s really nice to see the work that we do be put towards something," says Defnet. "I can always go to the beach when I’m older."

For now, Defnet says she’d rather spend her vacation helping others.

Land Between the Lakes is always looking for volunteers to help out. If you’re interested or would like more information, click here.

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