Bridges Intern Highlight: Jerson Perez

August 12th, 2015

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Jerson Perez at the work site with some North American volunteers.

Recently, Bridges to Community Nicaragua was happy to host Nicaraguan intern Jerson Pérez Potosme, age 18, with the delegation Hilton Head Preparatory school.  Jerson is in his 4th year of Diplomacy and Political Sciences studies at the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN-Managua), and was eager to connect with BTC for an internship. His “objective was to acquire skills and knowledge that could be applied to” his degree in Diplomacy.

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Playing around at the work site.

The most important thing for Jerson was to learn about the culture and customs of volunteers from North America because of his goals in working in the field of International Relations. He described the experience as helping him to “learn valuable skills such as teamwork, good communication and problem solving” in addition to having “enriched my abilities in establishing and developing relationships with people from abroad.”

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Jerson Perez walking around with one of the groups that he spent time with in their host community.

Jerson had an amazing time working with Bridges and loved having the ability to meet people from different countries and be taught from the experienced BTC staff in Nicaragua. His favorite part about working with families in Nindiri on a community development project was “The gratitude of knowing that part of your own efforts in the construction project have helped better the situation for a family.”

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Jerson Perez with some North American volunteers that he became friends with during his internship.

 

 

All in all, Jerson had an amazing experience interning with Bridges to Community Nicaragua and said that  the biggest thing he learned were “new skills in respect to working in a team and about peaceful coexistence.” Jerson got so much out of his time and loved it so much that he would be eager to do it all over again!