(Elements vary but include some of the following)
REAL. LIFE. Exhibit: Students travel to Medical Teams International to view the REAL. LIFE. Exhibit to learn what it means to be aware and compassionate on both the local and global levels. The exhibit focuses on concepts such as poverty, disaster, and conflict, and groups learn the importance of attaching action to compassion.
Service Project: Students apply compassion through action by engaging in service projects around town. Projects include activities like graffiti removal or basic maintenance at BTown Kids apartment complexes (sweeping doorways, painting red curbs, etc.). Youth learn that compassionate actions aren’t necessarily grandiose in size, but that even small acts can have a huge impact.
Walk Abouts: Students travel to outlying areas within the city core to seek understanding and renewed perception through relationship. Groups take basic items such as food, coffee, and socks to those living on the streets and are encouraged to learn the names and stories of the people they meet.
Prayer walks (Optional for non-faith groups): Students begin to build passion for the city and its people by learning to see through the eyes of Faith. Groups participate in focused, active prayer through the streets of Portland and praying over the city and those who live here.
Scavenger Hunts: Students become familiar with Portland’s history and culture through this activity of discovery. It is through thorough understanding and knowledge of our environment that we can better love the people who live within it.