Volunteer Highlight: Alison’s Story

Alison Gusick, Cornell University Class of 2014 “My Bridges to Community trips have made me a more socially and globally conscious person. Through my interactions with the people of Nicaragua, my experiences have fueled my interests in studying people and our underlying similarities.” Stepping off the plane in Managua in 2008, Alison Gusick did not know […]

Volunteer Highlight: Zaki’s Story

Zaki Raheem, Private Sector Specialist, Somaliland “It was my first real wake up call that caused me to explore globalization, world trade and international development.” Zaki Raheem took his first trip to Nicaragua with Bridges to Community back in 1996 with the Bedford Presbyterian Church. His older brother went on the trip three years before and encouraged […]

Volunteer Highlight: From Volunteer to International Volunteer Coordinator-Sarah’s Story

Sarah Burpee, Former Bridges to Community Volunteer Coordinator, Student at Brooklyn Law “My Bridges experiences became a catalyst to my interests in Nicaraguan history and Latin American studies. As I learned about the history, I began to see the reasons behind the poverty and realize why things were the way they were.” Sarah Burpee first went […]

Volunteer Highlight: Marcus’ Story

Marcus Cohn, Senior Director of Inbound Marketing at 2tor, Current Bridges to Community Board Member “The trip is a powerful life changing experience. Over the years, I have watched the country change and have seen how Bridges to Community drives change within the communities.” In 2002, Marcus Cohn took his first trip Bridges to Community trip […]

Volunteer Highlight: Jeff’s Story

Jeff Wuebber, Earth Science Teacher, New Rochelle, NY “If you were to draw out a line on my life trajectory, that was the first moment to a sharp turn in a different direction.” Jeff Wuebber took his first trip to Nicaragua with Bridges to Community in 2004 when he was a senior at Byram Hills High School. […]

Volunteer Highlight: Arjun’s Story

Arjun Ponnambalam, JD, Candidate, Public Policy Degree, Harvard Kennedy School “I can trace my current interests and professional aspirations to my Bridges to Community trips. They provided me direction over the long term and made a big impact at a very formative time in my life.” Arjun Ponnambalam took his first trip with Bridges to Community […]

Volunteer Highlight: Jack’s Story

Jack Chase, MD, Hospitalist at UCSF Dept. of Family and Community Medicine “I was impressed by the transforming power of going to Nicaragua. It opened me up to working with the international community. The experience truly shapes and changes you.” Dr. Jack Chase was a medical student at Tufts University when he participated on his first […]

Bridges to Community Volunteer Highlight: Jessica Seger

“There is still so much more that needs to be done.” -Jessica Jessica, a student at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, has memories for a lifetime of the trips of when she visited the coffee-filled mountains of Jinotega, Nicaragua. Having participated in 2 Bridges delegations in the community of Sasle, Jess was able to experience […]

Alex’s Story: Three Short Trips and Eternal Memories

My first trip to Nicaragua was the February Break of my freshmen year of high school, 2012. On our first day in the community of Ticuantepe, the trucks that were supposed to carry us to the worksites were an hour late. Waiting for the day to begin, we spent time on the main street of […]

Sam’s Story: Two Life-Changing Trips to Nicaragua

My experience with Bridges to Community started in February of 2012. I was a silly sophomore, unaware of the momentous leap I was about to take. What I failed to understand at the time was that I was and am unbelievably lucky. The temple to which I belong, Temple Shaaray Tefila of Bedford Corners, NY, […]