Due to the civil unrest impacting Nicaragua since April 2018, we are not able to host the annual Bucknell Brigade alternative break service-learning trips to Nicaragua for the 2018-19 academic year. Instead, we will bring members of the Jubilee House Community (our partner agency in Nicaragua) to campus to join us in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Bucknell Brigade!

JHC members Mike Woodard and Kathleen Murdock will be on hand to offer their insights after serving the Bucknell community for 20 years as co-educators and promoters of global solidarity, to gather with us in celebration of this amazing partnership that has impacted so many, and to kick off an intensive fundraising push to make up the deficit caused by the recent trip cancellations. The following events are scheduled:

Thursday, Oct. 25 - Formal Talk w/ Mike and Kathleen
7 p.m., Gallery Theater (Langone Center, 3rd Floor)
Reception in the Samek Art Gallery following the event

Friday, Oct. 27 - 20th Anniversary and Alumni Celebration
5 to 7 p.m., Larison Dining Hall

Please RSVP to Kyle Bray at kwb004@bucknell.edu if you plan to attend.

For two decades, since shortly after Hurricane Mitch devastated the region in 1998, Bucknell has been sending delegations of volunteers to Nueva Vida, and those at the Jubilee House Community (JHC) are so grateful for that partnership. JHC depends on the income generated from the service trips to keep the community health clinic in operation, and to support other cooperative initiatives through the Center for Development in Central America. Funding is desperately needed to pay physician salaries, keep the pharmacy stocked, and cover the utility bills at the clinic. Please consider making a tax-deductible financial donation!

Since 1999, when a group of volunteers spent their spring break providing emergency relief efforts following the devastation of Hurricane Mitch, the University has been involved in a unique partnership with a resettlement community outside the capital city of Managua, Nicaragua.  Participants in this student-initiated service-learning project help raise funds for a free health clinic in Nueva Vida, a facility largely built with donations secured by the Bucknell Brigade. 

Twice a year, delegations of students and staff travel to Nicaragua to deliver medicine, to offer translation support and other services at the clinic and pharmacy, and to provide physical labor for projects identified by the Jubilee House Community and the Center for Development in Central America (our host agencies). 

To prepare for the trip, members of the Brigade participate in a series of mini-curriculum sessions, which focus on micro-enterprise initiatives, grassroots development, and the political, economic and cultural history of Nicaragua.  Participants also have the option of enrolling in a credit-bearing course, and an intensive summer program is offered for those seeking a deeper experience.

Learn more about the trip from our fact sheet.

Follow the adventures of our Brigadistas on the Bucknell Brigade blog!