Volunteer Highlights


University Partner Highlights: Carnegie Mellon shares their Bridges experience

Carnegie Mellon University has partnered with Bridges to Community since 2010, bringing dozens of volunteers down to Nicaragua to engage in meaningful service-learning. In this video, CMU explains how their service-learning partnership with Bridges has worked for them, and they look forward to their upcoming trip in July. This video also forms part of their fundraising effort, which they do ...
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Volunteer Highlight: Gabriella’s Story

By Gabriella Leung, Volunteer and Cornell freshman Read Gabriella Leung's pre-trip post here. The below article originally appeared in the Cornell Sun, Cornell University's newspaper. One of the things I find most difficult is describing experiences. Every experience is so unique to the individual going through it, and every emotion is so deeply felt. In my past article, “For Better ...
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Marietta College Volunteer Reflects on Bridges Trip

This article was published on January 27, 2016 online and appeared in Marietta College's "The Marcolian." The original article can be found on their website at: http://www.marcolian.com/?p=764. It has been reprinted here exactly as it appeared in the original. By Paul Bieniek On the evening of New Year’s Day 2016, I was sitting in my room in McCoy Hall feeling ...
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Volunteer Highlight: Marie’s Story

"Once love enters in, you realize how similar we all are. " Marie Taylor, Bridges Volunteer, Vassar College I have found the key to my experience in Nicaragua is attitude. I do not go thinking I am going to help a community for a week. I go thinking I am going to be a PART of this community for a ...
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Volunteer Highlight: Eliza’s Story

How a high school student became a Bridges to Community trip organizer for Rye Country Day School Elizabeth McCurdy, Georgetown University student I first participated in a Bridges to Community trip in 2011 with a group from St. John’s Episcopal Church in Larchmont, NY. I was so incredibly impressed by the attitudes and reflections it brought out in my peers, ...
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Volunteer Highlight: Sammy’s Story

"My initial reaction? I laughed. No chance. But after talking it through...I decided it was time to do something completely out of my comfort zone. And I did it...I can truly say that the decision to join that trip was the best thing I have ever done in my life." Sammy Smeaton, William and Mary College student Flashback three years, ...
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Volunteer Highlights: Adam Boerner’s Fundraising Success

Adam Boerner is not technically a volunteer...yet. A high school student and Life Scout with Troop 38 in New Berlin, Wisconsin, Adam was just an ordinary kid up until a couple of months ago, when he did something extraordinary: he signed up for a Bridges to Community trip through his church, the Unitarian Universalist Church West, and spearheaded a massive ...
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Volunteer Highlight: Jack’s Story

Jack Chase, MD, Hospitalist at UCSF Dept. of Family and Community Medicine “I was impressed by the transforming power of going to Nicaragua. It opened me up to working with the international community. The experience truly shapes and changes you.” Dr. Jack Chase was a medical student at Tufts University when he participated on his first excursion to Nicaragua with ...
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Volunteer Highlight: Arjun’s Story

Arjun Ponnambalam, JD, Candidate, Public Policy Degree, Harvard Kennedy School “I can trace my current interests and professional aspirations to my Bridges to Community trips. They provided me direction over the long term and made a big impact at a very formative time in my life.” Arjun Ponnambalam took his first trip with Bridges to Community to La Orilla in ...
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Volunteer Highlight: Jeff’s Story

Jeff Wuebber, Earth Science Teacher, New Rochelle, NY “If you were to draw out a line on my life trajectory, that was the first moment to a sharp turn in a different direction.” Jeff Wuebber took his first trip to Nicaragua with Bridges to Community in 2004 when he was a senior at Byram Hills High School. The trip was ...
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Volunteer Highlight: Marcus’ Story

Marcus Cohn, Senior Director of Inbound Marketing at 2tor, Current Bridges to Community Board Member “The trip is a powerful life changing experience. Over the years, I have watched the country change and have seen how Bridges to Community drives change within the communities.” In 2002, Marcus Cohn took his first trip Bridges to Community trip to Nicaragua with Bedford ...
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Volunteer Highlight: From Volunteer to International Volunteer Coordinator-Sarah’s Story

Sarah Burpee, Former Bridges to Community Volunteer Coordinator, Student at Brooklyn Law “My Bridges experiences became a catalyst to my interests in Nicaraguan history and Latin American studies. As I learned about the history, I began to see the reasons behind the poverty and realize why things were the way they were.” Sarah Burpee first went on an interfaith trip ...
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Volunteer Highlight: Zaki’s Story

Zaki Raheem, Private Sector Specialist, Somaliland “It was my first real wake up call that caused me to explore globalization, world trade and international development.” Zaki Raheem took his first trip to Nicaragua with Bridges to Community back in 1996 with the Bedford Presbyterian Church. His older brother went on the trip three years before and encouraged Zaki to do ...
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Volunteer Highlight: Alison’s Story

Alison Gusick, Cornell University Class of 2014 “My Bridges to Community trips have made me a more socially and globally conscious person. Through my interactions with the people of Nicaragua, my experiences have fueled my interests in studying people and our underlying similarities.” Stepping off the plane in Managua in 2008, Alison Gusick did not know what to expect. She ...
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Volunteer Highlight: Matthias’ Story

Matthias Schildwachter, Educator, El Segundo, California “My experiences in Nicaragua gave me the courage to pursue certain jobs that would make me happy and Bridges to Community helped set me on this path.” In the summer of 2001, Matthias Schildwachter took the trip of a lifetime with Bridges to Community to Nicaragua with his three of his childhood friends. He ...
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Volunteer Highlight: Julia’s Story

Julia Conrad, a junior at the University of Delaware, is not exactly new to Bridges to Community. Her first delegation trip dates back to when she attended John Jay High School, where she was part of the Bridges to Community Club that met after school. Having participated in two trips with John Jay, Julia knew the BTC experience was something ...
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Bridges to Community Volunteer Highlight: Jessica Seger

"There is still so much more that needs to be done." -Jessica Jessica, a student at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, has memories for a lifetime of the trips of when she visited the coffee-filled mountains of Jinotega, Nicaragua. Having participated in 2 Bridges delegations in the community of Sasle, Jess was able to experience the rich culture, climate and ...
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Alex Klein

Alex’s Story: Three Short Trips and Eternal Memories

My first trip to Nicaragua was the February Break of my freshmen year of high school, 2012. On our first day in the community of Ticuantepe, the trucks that were supposed to carry us to the worksites were an hour late. Waiting for the day to begin, we spent time on the main street of our community. We were staying ...
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Sam helped provide a safe home for a family in Las Conchitas

Sam’s Story: Two Life-Changing Trips to Nicaragua

Sam helped provide a safe home for a family in Las Conchitas My experience with Bridges to Community started in February of 2012. I was a silly sophomore, unaware of the momentous leap I was about to take. What I failed to understand at the time was that I was and am unbelievably lucky. The temple to which I belong, ...
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Everlasting friendships are formed on week-long trips

Danielle’s Story: Three Remarkable Trips to Las Conchitas

My name is Danielle Rosenblum and I’m a high school senior at Byram Hills High School in Armonk, New York. This past Febraury was my third trip to Nicaragua with Bedford Presbyterian and Temple Shaaray Tefila, and my third time staying in the community of Las Conchitas, Nicaragua. While every year has been a very different and unique experience for ...
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In Nicaragua Katie Toal built sturdy houses, formed eternal friendships, and experienced extreme personal growth

Katie’s Story: A Bronxville High School Junior’s Amazing Trip to Nicaragua

In Nicaragua Katie Toal built sturdy houses, formed eternal friendships, and experienced extreme personal growth Last year, I was lucky enough to travel to Portillo, Nicaragua with 23 other students from my school. What I expected would have been the experience of a lifetime, but what actually happened was so much more. During our two weeks in the community, not ...
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