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Alternative Winter Break

Crossing Cultures/Cruzando Culturas: An Alternative Winter Break in Nicaragua

January 2nd, 2016 - January 9th, 2016


About the Trip:

Explore the impact of social justice abroad: come join us on our Winter Alternative Break to Nicaragua!  Disclaimer: this is not a vacation, this is an opportunity to learn about another nation and the unique social justice issues to be found there. Participants will be encouraged to be inquisitive, adaptable, and overall genuine in their exploration of the multiple issues and types of service work they encounter. If you are curious about social justice in a broader lense, going on this trip is a great first step, or perhaps a continued step in a path to reflection on the world at large. Nicaragua is a nation with its own rich history, and so we hope that participants will be open to not only engaging in the impact and results of that history, but also making an effort to engage in research of their own concerning Nicaragua.  In the spirit of both scholarly curiosity and passion for service, we invite you to apply and expand your horizons.

During the Alternative Winter Break program, Volunteer Emory will be working with Outreach360 in Jinotega, Nicaragua. Despite being one of the safest cities in Nicaragua, the economy has severely plummeted, which has affected the infrastructure of the educational system. Working alongside Outreach360, we will be working with local children primarily by teaching English, functional skills, and competencies in order to aid them in their fight with poverty. So come immerse yourself in the rich culture of Nicaragua, explore the beautiful beaches, and experience all Nicaragua has to offer!

About the Trip Leaders:

Nancy Ejike is a VE staff member well-versed in social justice topics concerning education, health, gender inequality, and race inequality. A Georgia native, Nancy continues to be involved in the Emory community as a leader and is excited to be involved abroad.

Mariana Hernandez is a VE staff member most often engaged in social justice topics concerning sustainability, food security, education, and identity affirmation. A Texas native, she lives for service and hopes to share her love with others.

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