What We Do In Nicaragua
1) Community Based Projects
Work on community based projects (e.g. construction, health clinic work, etc.) for Development in Central America
Program Excursions: Visits and meetings with members of agricultural cooperatives (e.g. coffee, honey, sesame), locally based enterprises (e.g. women's sewing cooperative), and sites of political, historical, cultural, environmental, and general interest.
- Managua-tour highlighting history, social change, and politics as well as architecture
- Masaya Market
- Hospitals and Health Clinics
- Granada- southern city and former capital
- Leon-city to north and also former capital
- El Porvenir-mountain coffee production cooperative
- Rancho Ebenezer-sustainable farm to south
- Jose Padilla-sustainable farm to north
- Selva Negra-ecotourist cloud forest
- Ciudad Sandino
- Potter and other artisans
- And more.....
3) Study Time/Lectures/Reflections
Study time will be built into the schedule to ensure sufficient time to reflect, read, and write brief responses to questions structured to aid in thinking about the issues.
Lectures and discussions led by the instructors, Jubilee House Community people, health practioners, NGO and government representatives, among others will be scheduled throughout the course. Some of these will be at the base compund and others will be part of outings.
Participate in reflection discussions. One of the lessons of the Bucknell Brigade experience is that it is important to share feelings and views to help us process what we are seeing. Impressions and sensory overload can be overwhelming, especially if not shared. Every few days there will be an opportunity to reflect upon impressions, views, understandings, and feelings.