Moments from Malawi: Reflections from student volunteers

Binghamton University student volunteers are improving life for children in Malawi through participation in the Malawi Children’s Mission Partnership (MCM)  The Malawi Children’s Mission Partnership (MCM) is a collaboration between a local businessman and members of CCPA that helps students from a range of disciplines address the profound intergenerational cycle of poverty in Broome County and […]
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Moments from Malawi: Reflections from student volunteers

Thanks to all for the positive feedback and support of these posts on social media. We are so proud of our students, faculty and all who contribute to the work of the Malawi Children’s Mission Partnership (MCM). This week offers a glimpse into the essence of the MCM and what it is Binghamton University student volunteers, faculty […]
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Moments from Malawi: Reflections from student volunteers

Featuring Eboniqua Smith, MSW ’18 Malawi Children’s Mission (MCM) Partnership May-June 2017 “Experiencing economic poverty does not equate to unhappiness.” Part 1:  Cautious anticipation and the bolstering effect of a journal As the time quickly approaches to travel 7,762  miles away from family and close friends, I am at a loss for words. When I […]
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Moments from Malawi: Reflections from student volunteers

Featuring Shannon Rudy, MSW ’18 Malawi Children’s Mission (MCM) Partnership May-June 2017 “They have taught me more than I ever feel I could begin to teach them about the human connection and what it means to be a good person in the face of adversity.  I cannot wait to learn more!” Part 1:  Elation, anxiety […]
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Moments from Malawi: Reflections from student volunteers

Featuring Thomas Mastro, MPA-SSA ’18 Malawi Children’s Mission (MCM) Partnership May-June 2017  “He handed me a canvas that said “I love you Thom. Feel Freee.” This moment was filled with emotions and will be something that I remember for the rest of my life.” Part 1: Excitement, challenges and a nervous mom Never studying abroad before or […]
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Moments from Malawi: Reflections from student volunteers

Volunteers who work with the Malawi Children’s Mission Partnership (MCM) repeatedly say they come away feeling they have received more important life lessons than they delivered. Beginning with our next post, we’ll be sharing thoughts and experiences from student participants in a new series: Moments from Malawi: Reflections from student volunteers About the Malawi Children’s […]
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The Work Is Far From Over: An MPA Student’s Perspective on Service Abroad and Language Barriers

What? We are now nearing the end of our third and final week here in Cusco, Peru, and I can hardly believe how quickly the time has passed. Now that our bodies have adjusted to the ebb and flow of Peruvian life (our eyes and ears have begun to readily absorb Spanish, our stomachs have […]
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On Volunteering At Home and Abroad-Problems and Recommendations

The Volunteer. The Organization. The Task Last night we finished working with our second service project. The Co-Founder of Corazón de Dahlia, Señora Laura left us with a heartening speech where she told us to remember and never forget what we saw here in Saylla, and that we can all do our part for the […]
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First Week in Cusco, Peru- An MPA student’s perspective

The what:  It is the end of day 4 on our abroad trip here in Cusco, Peru. In only 4 days it feels as though an entire lifetime has passed. I’m starting to get comfortable walking around the city without a map and life here is starting to normalize. One of the most shocking aspects […]
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International Service Learning- Peru 2017

The What: We are embarking on the fifth year that the Peru Service Learning and Spanish Immersion Program will run from Binghamton University. Sustainability in an Era of Globalization: History, Culture, and Literature of the Andes is an international service-learning course that introduces students to the history, culture, and literature of the Andean region in […]
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