Unity College students’ trip to Nicaragua ‘exceptional’

Posted May 05, 2009, at 9:53 p.m.

UNITY, Maine — Fourteen Unity College students and two faculty recently visited rural Nicaragua to establish gardens, build grain storage facilities, and clean a water filtration system.

Working with Sustainable Harvest International, a Maine-based organization that promotes sustainable agricultural practices in Central America, the students were able to experience the Nicaraguan culture and environment firsthand. In the process, a number of projects to better the lives of villagers were completed, according to a press release from the college.

“The ideals of Sustainable Harvest International are compatible with the mission and values of Unity College,” said Aimee Phillippi, an associate professor and participant in the trip.

After their return to the United States in March, the students organized a fundraising event at the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts. The event included a Nicaraguan meal, a student-made movie of the trip and a discussion.

Proceeds from the event will be sent to the school where the students worked, according to Jennifer Olin, the college’s community-based learning coordinator, who went on the trip. “This was an exceptional experience and the beginning of a collaborative relationship with Sustainable Harvest International,” she said.

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