On May 13, 2006, a group of 19 individuals, ranging in age from 14 to 84 set off for a service-learning experience, an opportunity to help those less fortunate, learn about another culture and understand the impact of U.S. policies and ex-patriates.

The Bucknell Brigade May delegation arrived in Managua, Nicaragua and engaged themselves in a week's worth of painting, work at the health clinic, and mixing concrete, all in an effort to maintain the partnership with the villagers of Nueva Vida.

All in all, these Brigadistas, like those before them, came home feeling like they got more than they gave, knowing that in the fall another group will take their place and continue the valuable mission of the Bucknell Brigade.

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Volunteers paint the roof of the women's sewing cooperative with a reflective coating to try to make the building cooler under the tropical sun.

Dr. Robert Gotoff, an infectious disease specialist at Geisinger Medical Center, stands near a young banana tree while visiting the small community of El Porvenir, in Nicaragua.

Volunteers from the May delegation pose along with some young Nicaraguan helpers in front of the mural they painted on the wall outside the health clinic in Nueva Vida.

Retired Bucknell professor Ben Willeford on a mountain ridge in Nicaragua. Las Casitas volcano is in the background.

A young boy carrying water in a bucket rides on the steep mountain road to El Porvenir where the volunteers visited a coffee farm.

"The butterfly of hope" was painted by children at the free health clinic in the impoverished community of Nueva Vida, Nicaragua, a facility built largely with funds from the Bucknell Brigade.


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