COPY-Group from Ark. university still plans Chile stay

Associated Press - February 28, 2010 5:04 PM ET

SEARCY, Ark. (AP) - Thirty-three Harding students are still scheduled to travel to Chile on Tuesday, less than a week after a massive earthquake struck the South American country.

Students say they are still enthusiastic about the trip. Now, on top of a rigorous study load, they want to spend their extra time volunteering to rebuild and help families struggling after the 8.8 magnitude earthquake.

The earthquake and the aftershocks that followed brought down buildings and bridges, and have affected power, water and lines of communication.

Harding's dean for international studies, Jeffrey Hopper, says the faculty and campus at Vina del Mar are OK, and students will be safe when they arrive.

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