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The Bucknell Brigade is currently seeking financial and medical supply donations for the January and March 2018 trips to support the health clinic in Nueva Vida, Nicaragua. Explore Opportunities for Involvement for details!
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.
2018 Bucknell Brigade Trip Dates:
January 6 - 14
March 10 - 18
Learn more about the trip from our fact sheet.
Follow the adventures of our Brigadistas on the Bucknell Brigade blog!