Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Want to go to Nicaragua this May?

Travel to Nicaragua w/the Helene G. Simon Hillel Center at IU!!

We have an amazing opportunity for students to do volunteer work on an alternative break in Nicaragua this May. We unexpectedly had a student drop out of the alternative break, and have space open on the trip.

Dates: Sunday, May 10th – Sunday May 17th (possibly returning on the afternoon of the 18th depending on flights)

Cost: $550* + airfare**
* Of this $550, you will receive approximately $200 back after the trip, thanks to a generous grant. Amount back depends on cost of group travel (to airport), number of students, etc.
**airfare will be +/- $450 Number of IU participants: 9

Q: What type of work will we be doing?
A: We will be doing mainly unskilled manual work in the host community, and
will be completing this work with members of the community. In this
impoverished community, we will be helping with community development
and serving basic needs, often by doing construction.

Q: What will our day look like?
A: Days will consist of eating meals together, spending six hours at the work
site (in two blocks), studying Jewish and secular texts together, and
activities with the host community.

Q: What happens before the trip?
A: We will have three orientation sessions as a group in the spring. These orientation sessions will be an opportunity to meet your fellow trip participants, learn about Nicaragua, get detailed information about our service work, and begin the discussion of the connection between Judaism and social justice.

Q: What is the timeline for applications, interviews, and paying?
A: If you know you’d like to go, please fill out the attached application and email me to set up an interview. We’ll buy our plane tickets within the next week. Money is due to me by March 27th.

Jen Abzug Zaligson
Engagement Director Helene G. Simon Hillel Center
Indiana University
730 E. Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47401
Phone: (812) 336-3824
Fax: (812) 339-1949

For more information, call or email me and please visit information and a FAQ sheet on the project.

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