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Film shadows Transylvania University students during service trip to Guatemala


Film shadows Transylvania University students during service trip to Guatemala

For Release: 05/15/17 1:41 PM

Professor Mike LeVan and a team of Transylvania University student volunteers spent their winter break in Guatemala, helping to build a home for a family there. Their experiences on the week-long service project are documented in a new independent film, International Service 101, which airs Sunday, June 4 at 10:30/9:30 pm on KET.

The film documents students’ efforts to build a home in collaboration with Catalyst Resources International, which was founded by former Kentuckians Fontaine and Paula Greene, who now live in Guatemala.

Footage from the trip shows the students building the structure and playing with children in the community, while also exploring Guatemalan culture during their free time. Interviews with participants, including Transylvania juniors Olivia Whaley, Emma Oliver, Lindsey Sizemore and others, offer insights into the ways that the trip inspired them.

“You can’t save the world but if you can help one family at a time and see the impact that it has on them . . . you get so much more out of this than you will ever pour into it,” LeVan says in the film. “And that’s something I wanted to share with my students.”

International Service 101 is a production of Revived Productions, produced by Kyle Scott.

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Todd Piccirilli
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications