Project Serve: The Return

Project Serve 2015

The 2015 Project Serve teams have returned. See below for the photo and video contest winners. Additional reflections can be found below.

Project Serve 2015 Photo and Team Video Contest

For the second year in a row, the PVC held the Project Serve Photo Contest. All Project Serve Participants were invited to enter. The rules are as follows:

Up to 5 photos may be submitted per individual.

Photos must be submitted by Monday, March 16 by dropping them into the Google Drive folder emailed to participants. Filenames should include Participant's name, team name, and number (1 to 5) of photo.

Photos were judged on the following criteria:

  • Composition and Quality: layout, creativity, and overall quality of the shot; and
  • Content: photos should show Pepperdine students engaged in service, represent partner organization and work being done, and exemplify Project Serve as a whole.

The winners are below. Questions should be sent to Justin Schneider.

In addition, we will be having the first Team Video Contest. The winning video can be seen in the left column.

Project Serve 2015 Photo Contest Winners

1st Place: Tyler Ryan - More Than Compassion Team - Huehuetenango, Guatemala

More Than Compassion

2nd Place: The Good Samaritan Team - Esperanza, Dominican Republic

Engaged learners

3rd Place: L'Arche Team - Seattle, Washington

Swing time

Project Serve 2015 Reflections

More Than Compassion in Guatemala: "We were the first group to come with More Than Compassion to the girl's home. The girls immediately ostracized the guys in our group because of their fear of men. The goal of our team for the week was to show these girls love that they were robbed of growing up. We spent time with them, talked with them, played with them. We laughed with them. We cried with them. We loved them. Project Serve 2015 to Huehuetenango with More Than Compassion was a life changing experience as we faced challenges and obstacles that stretched our comfort zone as we were placed in difficult circumstances physically, mentally and emotionally." - Tyler Ryan

Union Gospel Mission in Seattle: "I am confident is saying that Project Serve wholly shaped my time here at Pepperdine. Without Project Serve, I might still be an atheist. Without Project Serve, I would not have had incredible opportunities to serve and love those in need. Without Project Serve, I would not be who I am today. And for these reasons I am forever indebted to the Project Serve program and those who make it possible."Sarah Madsen (Read the rest of Sarah's story here)

Surfing the Nations in Wahiawa: "Our week on Oahu was packed full of experiences. We took part in projects to take care of the STN property, talked to and learned from the STN staff, and participated in various programs that STN has to offer. We spent one day in Waikiki, where we packed bags of food and passed them out to the homeless, inviting them to attend a BBQ with us later in the day. Team member Monika Haskell commented that "it was really cool to get to know the team in this situation" as it taught us a lot about ourselves and about each other." - Erin Himes (Read more here)

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