Nicaragua Faculty/Staff Immersion Trip
A Collaborative Program of the VSLC & the Intersections Program
(Nicaragua team 2008 visiting the women and families of Miraflor)
The Nicaragua Faculty/Staff Immersion Trip was established in the summer of 2003 under the leadership of Dan Leahy, of Campus Ministry. Today the program is co-sponsored by the Volunteer & Service Learning Center and Intersections.
The goal of the program is four-fold:
* to provide an international education experience for faculty and staff that explores global justice issues in the context of a developing nation
* to further participants' understanding of how faith and justice are linked in the Jesuit mission in higher education
* to encourage participants to find ways of integrating these themes into their own work at Boston College
* to foster mutually beneficial professional relationships with colleagues at the University of Central America (UCA), the Jesuit university in Managua, Nicaragua
If you are a faculty member of administrator at Boston College and would like to be considered for a team, please contact the Intersections Office at x2-6140.
The trip is coordinated through the Center for Global Education.
What your colleagues are saying:
Part of this trip for me was an opportunity to take some time away from the routine and not simply learn about the politics, history, and culture of Nicaragua but to also take the time to refelct on some of the very issues that we ask of our students- particularly vocational questions about how our work can be of benefit to the world - which I think a lot of us were struggling with after seeing the povery in Nicaragua.
It was also valuable because for me, and I would argue for many that choose a career in higher education, we understand the importance of life-long learning and we value experiences that help us to grow intellectually. This was a wonderful experience that encourages intellectual growth and development
Associate Dean, Arts & Science