Orange City, Iowa — Several students from Northwestern College in Orange City are heading out this week for spring break — but their trips are working mission trips — not a chance to sit on a beach and soak up the sun.

Northwestern director of admissions, Patrick Hummel says they have 13 trips planned this year.

The nine US trips include going to New Orleans; Kansas City; New Mexico; Compton, California; and northern Minnesota for a variety of different mission activities. Hummel says all the students volunteer for the trips.

He says students are working to help others and they get something in return as well.

Hummel says they are lessons you don’t get in a classroom.

He says students join teams and aren’t necessarily paired up with friends, so they get the added benefit of developing new friends on campus.

All the students pay a deposit, and then they do some fundraising as teams for some of the different projects to pay for their trip.

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