Student Testimonials

  • With the hope and knowledge that you can make a difference in the lives of others in need in addition to the potential for personal growth, I would definitely recommend this program to others.

  • Not only does this program open your eyes to another culture and its struggles, but it teaches you to reanalyze what you hold important in your own life, Overall, I found this program to be both externally and internally change-provoking.

  • There is a lot to learn in a couple weeks about older adults, service-learning, Nicaragua, collaboration and teamwork, friendship, the value of hardwork, and a whole realm of other things that enhance the student/life experience.

  • This is a great service-learning experience. I had never worked with older adults before. I have a new perspective that has enhanced my view of this group and of volunteering in general.

  • I enjoyed working on a multi-disciplinary team.  The combination of students from different educations levels and backgrounds was relatively diverse, and I learned a lot from everyone I had the opportunity to interact with.

  • Since I have limited experience working with older adults, I am specifically grateful for the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges with which they are confronted.  Prior to this trip, I had no interest in working with aging adults.  Now, I have more curiosity about and compassion for this population. In that respect, the program was very valuable.

  • Knowing almost nothing about the country prior to this program it is now a place that really interests me. I think about how intertwined our histories are and how lovely the culture is. It is a struggling culture, but a lovely and optimistic one.

  • I am thrilled that I was able to be a part of this program. Nicaragua is a beautiful country and I feel lucky to have had this experience.

  • Working with the Nicaraguan students was so rewarding and insightful. We were able to come together and share our personal value systems. It was meaningful because it showed us that, although we are different culturally, we share the same desires to care for the communities in which we reside even if that is on a global level.

  • It was an interesting and enriching experience. First, to travel with a group of people I did not know and then working out with the community and seeing that not only good intention make things better, going from words to action and having good results requires a lot of determination and perseverance.

  • It was overall a great experience and I thank all who made it happen.  I learned a lot and will always remember the trip fondly.  I hope that the Nicaraguan people think the same about us and even that someday I can return to see how they’re doing.
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