Some students drink coffee to motivate themselves to learn.

At Lycoming, coffee is learning.

Warrior Coffee was born high in the mountains of the Dominican Republic to a political science professor who knew nothing about agriculture. But she knew she wanted to instill her value of service to others in the young scholars she teaches, and journeying to the village of El Naranjito was the first step.

Caroline Payne, Ph.D., associate professor of political science at Lycoming College, founded a connection between Lycoming and the coffee farming community of El Naranjito in the Dominican Republic in 2013.

Since then, the ventures on the Caribbean island continue to provide real-world opportunities for students from all disciplines.

At Lycoming, experiential learning is different. The Warrior Coffee project isn't a week-long trip that ends when students head to the airport. Our students collaborate with the El Naranjito community to identify and solve problems. And our collective, sustained efforts create an impact that is lasting — for the farmers and for our students.

Fighting for what's right. One cup at a time.

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