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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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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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Attending a conference in Colombia in frenetic times

During my visit to Bogotá, Colombia, in September, the atmosphere was full of hope and confidence in settling the bases to reach a long-expected peace. Only a couple of weeks later, it was all about disappointment and frustration.  Last August, the country had witnessed how the government of Colombia and the country´s largest and oldest […]
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Summer Enrichment; How to Feed the Minds, Bodies and Hearts of Children and Their Families

The end of the academic year can be a time of mixed emotions for those in the public education system.  Social construct would have us believe that everyone is eagerly waiting for that last bell to ring with visions of summer vacations and adventures.  The reality for many, however, is the increase of stress and […]
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Studying abroad while studying abroad

Looking back on my time in Peru I can say that the experience was life changing; from the amazing people I met, to falling in love with a different culture. Cusco, Peru is the capital of the Cusco Region as well as the Cusco Province right at the base of the Andes mountains that hosts […]
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Comedores Populares are the tasty and vital “soup kitchens” of Peru

Comedores Populares are the tasty and vital “soup kitchens” of Peru. Serving over 50 community members a week including men, women, and children, the women of the comedores are working to prevent malnourishment in their communities What? We were very excited and eager to begin our third service project at the comedor in San Martin […]
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Finding Privilege from a Non-Privileged Background

When I travel to foreign countries, I always like to make an effort to fit into a given society and culture. Since my trip to Cusco, Peru in the beginning of June was my first experience in the continent of South America (and my first time in any Spanish-speaking country for that matter) so I […]
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