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The experiences I had in Nicaragua through Viva Nicaragua! are some that I will ever forget. Through the work we did in the community to learning about the history and culture, I was able to see things from a new perspective as well as develop a sense of cultural humility. Empowerment and education are such crucial aspects to bring about social change, and being a part of making some of an impact to work towards that is a great and rewarding feeling.
One of my favorite aspects of Viva Nicaragua was how personalized the work was to my interests. It wasn't a generic, one size fits all program. Instead, I was given a mentor who helped me set up meetings with local lawyers, doctors, police officers, and government officials who all gave me different insights into the issue of commercial sexual exploitation. All in all, the program was incredibly tailored and well thought out to meet the goals of each individual participant. I loved my time there and hope to eventually come back to Granada and the Viva Nicaragua program!
Viva! Nicaragua provided me with a community and kids to work with that I will remember for the rest of my life. I learned so much about youth and community development as well as the amazing culture that Nicaragua has to offer through my internship. Everyday was a new experience and I will forever thank Viva! Nicaragua for the personal and professional growth that I gained during my time in Granada."
Participating in a service trip with Viva! Nicaragua was a great experience, as it allowed me to utilize my developing skills while learning about another culture and the staggering health disparities throughout the country. Providing care to those with limited access was rewarding and facilitated real world learning. I can confidently say I am a better clinician because of this trip and would go back in a heartbeat!
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