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Updates from Honduras

May 15, 2014
As part of CGS 3204E Global Studies Participatory Project, Nicole VanQuaethem is doing a two month placement in Honduras through Intercordia Canada. During her time volunteering abroad, she will prepare a series of short reflection pieces as blog posts, which appears on the Huron student blog Dam-Happenings.

Here's a quick look at a bit of what Nicole has been up to:

Hi everyone! For those who do not know, I am embarking on a  two month journey in the beautiful country of Honduras. Here I will be living with a host family and volunteering at Centro Artesanal e Industrial Para Ciegos (CAIPAC) for five days a week. CAIPAC is a rehabilitation and boarding school for the visually impaired, most of whom are youth.

Last May, I was part of Huron in Honduras and this year, I was able to return through Intercordia Canada. Intercordia is an amazing organization inspired by Jean Vanier. Working with Canadian students from various institutional partners before, during, and after, placements, Intercordia advocates for immersive placements intent on working with and learning from participants rather than 'doing for.' Their mission is to foster "human solidarity by encouraging young Canadians to be morally responsive and develop a respect and appreciation for religious, cultural and socio-economic diversity by living and working alongside others who are different."

To read more, visit Dam-Happenings and be sure to stay tuned for Nicole's next update!