IMAGES OF NICARAGUAHelping Hands in Nicaragua
When the students in the group Engineers for Sustainable Development learned of an unusual opportunity for service-learning with an NGO in Peru, they didn't hesitate. Eight of them, accompanied by Prof. Kevin Gilmore, civil and environmental engineering, traveled to Lobitos, a coastal village reinventing itself as a sustainable surf-tourism destination. In cooperation with WAVES for Development, the Bucknellians performed soil tests to evaluate local soils for use in earthbag construction, and interviewed local residents to determine which homes were in greatest need of concrete flooring and used GPS to map the locations. Engineering in the field exposed the students to the social, cultural, environmental health and microfinance aspects of their technical training. The students also helped teach English to local children through reading classes, games and activities.