Outreach Adventure, or OA, gives students the chance to explore the area surrounding Hamilton while bonding with eight to 10 other new Hamilton students and two upperclass group leaders. Activities may include serving in a meal program for the homeless, working on a Habitat for Humanity construction project, helping with a summer program for local refugee children or performing environmental service work. OA groups stay together in a community center or church “camping inside” in the area where they are volunteering.
Goals of the Program
To have a positive transition into college, with good friends and helpful, experienced leaders
To learn about Hamilton College, your peers, yourself and how this all fits together
To find out how you work in a group of college students
To deal with people who might be different from you (kind of like college, eh?)
To become oriented to the larger urban community surrounding Hamilton and make a contribution
through service activities
To introduce you to service at Hamilton, which continues during the semester through HAVOC, Alternative Spring Break, internships, community-based research and service-learning course work.