Students spent 10 days in Nicaragua on service-learning trip; blog, photos available

More than a dozen Gettysburg College students traveled to Nicaragua in early January for a 10-day service-learning immersion trip, volunteering their time to work on various community development projects.

Since 1989, the Gettysburg community has been a sister city to León, Nicaragua. Through this relationship, hundreds of Gettysburg College students have worked alongside the people of León and surrounding communities to learn about the realities of developing countries and participate in community development. Commonly referred to as Project Gettysburg León or PGL, programs include education and travel exchange between both communities and involvement in educational, medical, agricultural, nutritional, construction, and other community development projects in Nicaragua.

The students lived with Spanish-speaking host families in León and documented their experiences with entries and photos on the CPS-PGL blog. A video about service-learning programs at Gettysburg College is also available.

PGL currently works with five active projects, mainly within the municipalities of León and Santa Rosa. These projects include: Taller Artistico Xuchialt, an art school; El Porvenir, a coffee cooperative; Talolinga Grains Project; Casa Materna, a maternity house; sister school relationships between high schools; and other business skills trainings and microfinancing. Students will learn about fair trade vs. free trade in the context of coffee production, distribution, the plight of landless workers, and cooperatives. 

Contact: Kendra Martin, director of media relations


Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Posted: Sat, 3 Jan 2009

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