Jan. 7, 2005


LEWISBURG, Pa. — The "Bucknell Brigade" service delegation will leave for its 12th trip to Nicaragua Jan. 9.

During the week-long visit, 19 Bucknell University students will work at the medical clinic compound in the refugee resettlement community of Nueva Vida outside the city of Managua.

Leading the Brigade will be Rabbi Serena Fujita, Bucknell senior Sam Ostroff, Bucknell professor of English John Rickard and Bucknell senior Julia Woodard.

Joining the group are associate professor of psychology Kim Daubman and Dr. Donald Stechschulte, director of the Student Health Service at Bucknell, who is the only Bucknellian to have participated in all 12 trips.

Formed in March 1999 to provide relief after Hurricane Mitch devastated Central America, the Brigade has grown into a partnership between Bucknell, the Center for Development in Central America, and the community of Nueva Vida.

In addition to their work in Nueva Vida, the Brigade will take day trips to the Masaya volcano and the El Porvenir coffee cooperative. El Porvenir is a tiny mountain village whose organic coffee the Brigade has been selling on campus and through the Lewisburg Natural Food and Garden Store.

The Brigade also will visit with Penn Garvin, former director of the Heiter Community Center, who lives in Managua.

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