Whether you are interested in working on-the-ground in Nicaragua, or would prefer to engage in on-campus efforts, there are many ways to support the Bucknell Brigade's efforts to maintain the medical clinic and assist with other community development projects in Nueva Vida.

Volunteering in Nicaragua

Apply to become a Brigadista and travel with the Brigade to Nicaragua on one of our January or March trips.  The application process opens in early September.  Participants build lifelong bonds and experience a unique culture, while performing vital service work for Nicaraguan residents.

On-campus Volunteering

Supporting the Brigade is a year-round effort, not limited to the trips to Nicaragua.  Without on-campus volunteers, the Brigade would not be able to effectively address its mission of assisting the Nicaraguan people.  Examples of on-campus volunteer needs include planning and implement fundraising activities and supply donation drives, assisting with publicity efforts and promotion/recruitment, and preparing supplies for travel. 

Fundraising Activities

The Bucknell Brigade operates several year-round fundraising efforts and hosts special fundraising events.  Consistent opportunities include:

Nicaraguan Coffee Sales

coffee beansThe Brigade offers freshly-roasted, fair-trade, organic shade-grown Nicaraguan coffee throughout the year.  The coffee is purchased directly from the worker-owned Manuel Jose Lopez Cooperative in El Porvenir, Nicaragua. The raw beans are imported to Fresh Roasted Coffee LLC, a local company based in Selinsgrove, PA that roasts the beans on demand, guaranteeing the freshest coffee possible.

Coffee can be purchased for $12 per pound ($9.50 for orders exceeding 25 pounds) using our online form, by contacting Kyle Bray via email or phone at kwb004@bucknell.edu / 570.577.3928, or at the front desk of the Office of Civic Engagement (119 Bertrand Library). Cash and check payments only - credit/debit cards cannot be accepted.

Recyling/TerraCycling

Terracycle itemsThe Brigade is able to raise funds by collecting materials that often are not recycled, supporting the program while promoting environmental sustainability.  Items accepted for donation include cell phones, computers, personal electronics, and printer cartridges, as well as a variety of product packaging and household items. Donations can be dropped off at the Office of Civic Engagement (119 Bertrand Library).  Pickup of large donations can be arranged by contacting Jose Figueroa at 570.577.3973.

Complete list of items accepted for recycling

Monetary and Supply Donations

It takes a great deal of financial and material support to successfully operate the Bucknell Brigade and ensure the stability of the medical clinic that provides free access to health care for thousands of Nicaraguan residents.  Consider donating in the following ways:

Giving a tax-deductible gift to the Bucknell Brigade and/or our Nicaraguan host agency, Jubilee House Community

A donation to the Brigade will be used to support on-campus program efforts and subsidize participant travel.  Donations to the Jubilee House Community will be used to maintain the free health clinic and to promote other community development initiatives, such as microenterprise cooperatives.

Donations via check should be made payable to the Bucknell Brigade and may be sent to the Bucknell University Office of Civic Engagement at 119 Bertrand Library, Lewisburg, PA 17837.  Donations can be made online.

Honor Cards

Making a donation to the Brigade in the name of a friend, family member, or colleague is a great way to show someone that you care about them, while supporting the free health clinic in Nueva Vida, Nicaragua. Honor cards make an excellent, non-traditional gift for birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions.

Make a donation in someone's name today using the online form. We'll provide a card informing your chosen recipient of your generosity, and explain how the donation in their name will be used.

Donations to the Bucknell Brigade or the Jubilee House Community are tax-deductible.

Providing medical supplies and toiletries

On each trip to Nicaragua, Brigade members take extra suitcases filled with prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, medical equipment, and personal hygiene items to restock the medical clinic.  Donations are accepted at the Office of Civic Engagement (119 Bertrand Library) Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. -  4:30 p.m. View the complete Brigade Supply Wish List.

Medical Supply and Toiletry Wishlist


OTC Medicine

  • cough & cold for children and adults
  • ibuprofren                                               
  • acetaminophen (especially infant and children)
  • antifungal creams
  • triple antibiotic ointment
  • hydrocortisone cream
  • naproxen sodium
  • antacids                          
  • vitamins (especially prenatal and children's)
  • chewable Pepto-Bismol tablets

Prescription Medication

  • antibiotics (specifically children's and broad spectrum like Cipro and Zithromax)
  • antihistamines
  • hypertensive meds (especially HCTZ 25mg and amlodipine 5mg)
  • gastritis medicines
  • anti-inflammatories
  • expectorant for adults
  • diabetes meds (especially glipizide, glyburide, and posiglitazane)
  • antibiotic eye and ear drops

Supplies and Toiletries

  • Ace bandages
  • Splints and slings
  • Skin lotion
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Bars of soap
  • Condoms
  • Nebulizers, masks, and tubes
  • One-touch glucose testing strips
  • Reusable bags and tape for autoclave
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