Foreign Service Program 2014
“I felt this trip bridged the gap between the theory and practice of international humanitarian aid and assistance and gave us the unique opportunity to apply, test and analyze the various theories we discussed in the classroom.”
- Suzanne Arnold, '14
This January, following the Fall 2013 Foreign Service Program course, nine students, one staff member, and the IIHA Academic Director traveled to Nicaragua for a week-long immersion trip. Through conversations with representatives of governmental and non-governmental international humanitarian organizations, the students gained tangible experiences that illuminated the realities of working in the Global South. Designed to portray the complex relationships of the actors working within Nicaragua, each year’s trip builds on the specific knowledge gained during the preceding coursework and challenges students to critically about the commonly accepted practices.
During this year’s trip, students had the opportunity to interact with local NGOs as well as members of target communities to learn about the projects being implemented in Nicaragua. The group also received briefings from community leaders, representatives from the United States Embassy, the Lenin Fonseca Public Hospital, La Corriente Women’s Movement and Fe y Alegria, during which they were updated on the current socio-political and economic situation in Nicaragua. Additionally, the group had the opportunity spend a night in Sontule, Miraflor with members of the rural coffee cooperative to understand the various challenges faced by the local community.
Through the hard work and dedication of the faculty, staff, and students, and with the help of our partner organizations, the IIHA’s Foreign Service Program continues to provide valuable field experience for these future humanitarian workers. The IIHA would like to thank the following partner organizations for their cooperation and invaluable assistance:
Center for Global Education
Civil Defense of the Army of Nicaragua
Fabretto and NicaHOPE
Fe y Alegria
Jubilee House and the Center for Development of Central America
Lenin Fonseca Public Hospital
New Dawn Women’s Cooperative