Service Learning Trips

Arturo Madrid
Director, MAS
Northrup Hall 282
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, TX 78212-7200


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Nicaragua 2012

In May of 2012 Dr. Meredith McGuire and Dr. Alfred Montoya from the Department of Sociology & Anthropology led a group of 15 Trinity students from multiple disciplines on a two-week fieldtrip through rural and urban Nicaragua. The trip gave students the opportunity to gain first-hand exposure to the environmental and health issues affecting developing nations, supplementing and developing the skills and material presented in our courses. The group visited, among other sites, ecological preserves, exploring the impact of agribusiness and monocropping on small farmers, water resources and biodiversity, and urban slums, to gain a sense of the social determinants which impact health outcomes for the urban poor. Students were able to engage with a wide range of people, from campesinos in small hamlets to urban health workers, as we visited both rural and urban grassroots organizations which are working to ameliorate the effects of political repression, environmental degredation, structural violence and inequality in this culturally rich nation.