Bridges To Community

 

 

 

 

These unique experiences will allow you to meet incredible people, help a community in need achieve its goals and be forever changed.

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Clergy and Church Leaders Trip to Nicaragua, February 17-25, 2018

Join other clergy and church leaders as you learn about issues facing developing countries, how service learning trips deepen conversations about faith and values, and the impact of service learning trips done in a way which supports and sustains communities.  Participants will also gain practical advice on how to organize and lead a similar trip with your church or a Holmes sponsored trip, bringing together youth or adults from congregations, faith based communities or other communities throughout the region.

For more information about this upcoming trip, please contact Linda Burpee at 914-248-6055 or lrbesq@gmail.com.

Here is a sample itinerary:

Bridges to Community Trips allow students the opportunity to explore a new part of the world, experience a different culture, make long lasting connections, all while working hard on a sustainable community development project. Students sleep and eat in the community and work alongside community members, enabling them to have a truly meaningful experience. While each trip is unique, the below itinerary will give you a taste of what you can expect from a Bridges to Community Alternative Break Trip.

Day 1: Group Arrives

The group will eat together, have orientation, and get some rest in a hotel.

Day 2: Exploring

  • Visit one of the larger cities of the country and learn about the country’s past and present
  • Lunch at a traditional restaurant
  • Head to the community where the group will be working
  • Welcome Ceremony in the community
  • Dinner in the community
  • Reflection

Day 3: Getting to Know the Project

  • Meet the local masons and the beneficiary family of the project
  • Get started on the project!
  • Free time (play with the children at the school, start up a soccer or baseball game, or just read and rest)
  • Dinner and Reflection

Day 4: Cultural Immersion

  • Work in the morning
  • Cultural Break in the afternoon: A variety of cultural activities await volunteers in the You might tour one of the community members’ farms, learn how to milk a cow (or a goat!), visit a hatchery and collect some eggs, grind corn and make fresh tortillas, and more!
  • Dinner and reflection

Day 5: Work Hard and Play Hard

  • Work on the project: more than halfway done!
  • Cultural Break in the afternoon: A variety of cultural activities await volunteers in the You might tour one of the community members’ farms, learn how to milk a cow (or a goat!), visit a hatchery and collect some eggs, grind corn and make fresh tortillas, meet with a local artisan cooperative, and more!
  • Dinner and reflection with members of the community

Day 6: More Exploring

  • Work on the project: last day!
  • Explore a nearby town or village, visit a market, or tour a local museum in the afternoon
  • Cultural Exchange Celebration Night (get ready to perform!)

Day 7: Say Goodbye

  • Dedication Ceremony of the project with the community
  • Lunch at a restaurant
  • Educational Sightseeing: Visit a local beach, a colonial town, a crater lake, a cloud forest, and more. Each country has so many beautiful places to explore!

Day 8: Enjoy the Beauty

  • Continue exploring: Visit a local beach, a colonial town, a crater lake, a cloud forest, hike a mountain or volcano, tour a fair trade coffee or cacao farm, and Each country has so many beautiful places to explore!
  • Final Reflection

Day 9: Group Departs