Montaña de Luz

The College of Engineering leads a service learning trip to Montaña de Luz (MdL), a Honduran orphanage for children affected by HIV/AIDs. This program was started by Engineers for Community Service (ECOS) in 2005 and is open to first through fourth year engineering students. Prior to the trip, students participate in a Spring semester class where they prepare by learning about problem solving skills and cultural awareness. Then, the group travels to MdL over spring break where they stay and work to design and implement sustainable technology and infrastructure to improve the lives of those living in the orphanage. Some projects that have been implemented by students in the past include solar power systems, home construction, aquaponics, sustainable agriculture and water quality systems. During their time in Honduras, the students have the unique opportunity to interact with the children of MdL by tutoring them, playing soccer, and more. Students also get to experience Honduran culture through excursions to Universidad Zamorano, Valle De Angeles, and La Tigre National Park, among others.

For questions about the trip, please email Dr. Edgar Casale at casale.3@osu.edu.