to spend break in Nicaragua
HOMA MOJTABAI, CONTRIBUTOR
This spring break, instead of heading off to the usual
tropical havens for some indulgence in the sun and sand, a group of Bowdoin
College students will be traveling to Nicaragua to aide in the post-earthquake
reconstruction of the country.
The trip, sponsored in part by the Student Activities
Fees Committee (SAFC) and the HELP club, is run through Bridges to Community,
a non-profit organization that is dedicated to organizing service trips
to take volunteers to developing countries in order to foster international
understanding, while at the same time helping needier communities.
The focus of the trip will be reconstructing houses
destroyed in the earthquakes that shook the country in the last year.
The group, 15 Bowdoin students plus approximately six other individuals,
will be living and working among the people of the village of Las Conchitas
in an effort to help rebuild their homes.
Although it is a service trip, students are responsible
for securing their own funds for travel, a portion of which will be to
used to provide building materials for the construction work. The overall
cost of the trip is $1,200. However, thanks to the generous support of
the SAFC, the final cost will be reduced for student-participants.
The students participating this spring are: Sarah Manz,
Julia Steinberg, Sarah Dresser, Arnd Seibert, Kate McCalmont, Katherine
Roboff, Whitney Morris, Homa Mojtabai, Karen Jacobson, Emily Taylor, Noah
Kolb, Molly Farneth, Drew Coffin, Melissa Bailey, and Debbie Wissel.
This trip will serve as an incredible opportunity for
Bowdoin students to experience a foreign reality much more difficult than
that which we are accustomed to in Brunswick. At the same time, it will
give the students the opportunity to fulfill the College promise-to serve
the common good by taking a time normally used for self-indulgence and
devoting it to the service and good of the greater global community.
balcony of a newly constructed home in Las Conchitas, Nicaragua. (Photo
courtesy of HELP)