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Nicaragua Education Initiative

 

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Nicaragua Education Initiative

    

The Nicaragua Education Initiative is a project that engages in a multicultural exchange between Bard students and the community of Chacraseca, Nicaragua. While staying with host families in Chacraseca during the winter intersession, the project takes Bard students to Chacraseca every January to foster creative learning experiences where students can express themselves in new and collaborative ways. Students in Chacraseca express creativity through science, math, English, and art lessons. Although the trip is only three weeks, the project is a year-long process. Throughout the year, the project raises funds for university students and other scholarships that promote sustainable education. The Nicaragua Education Initiative values learning both inside and outside of the classroom. The connections and relationships we build cannot be learned at a desk, and this multicultural exchange widens the perspectives of each individual involved in the project. Every January for three weeks a group of 12 students from Bard go to Chacraseca, a small village in Nicaragua, where we stay with host family. We teach from 9:00am through 5:00pm during the weekdays. Although the trip is only three weeks, the project is a year-long process. Throughout the year, the project raises funds for university students and other scholarships that promote sustainable education. 

 

The Nicaragua Education Initiative began as a Bard TLS Project over 10 years ago. This project began as an opportunity for Bard students to travel to Chacraseca, Nicaragua to help rebuild homes after a devastating hurricane. While there, Bard students built lasting connections with the community of Chacraseca and began to shift the project’s focus on other desires of the community: sustainable education that promotes a greater sense of community, a new perspective, and creative outlets. While each trip to Chacraseca occurs during the winter intersession, future goals include implementing an additional trip during the summer. While further planning is required for the summer trip, our primary focus is the continuation of aiding in scholarship and community development. During each trip, Bard students attend the weekly community meetings in Chacraseca where the mayor and other representatives of the community express their concerns, suggestions, and ideas. This collaboration continues after returning to Bard, as the ultimate intention is to support growth and connection.

 

Your donation will help fund scholarships for school supplies given to young and inspiring students. Furthermore, your contribution will help three university students earn a degree and pursue their passions. Every contribution is a large step in this direction, and the amount of appreciation is endless. Total Budget: $500

Scholarship for university students: $300.00 Scholarship for school supplies: $200.00

 

Contact the project leaders for further information:

Wilmary Rodriguez, wr5082@bard.edu

Sara Such, ss5646@bard.edu