Bridges to Community hosts close to 800 volunteers a year into Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Read below just a few of the testimonials we have received from those volunteers that organized these trips.
I can’t think of a more amazing organization with more amazing staff and programs. It is always a pleasure to work and volunteer with Bridges. Hasta la próxima vez…. Becky Barnett, Nicaragua Volunteer Cornell University, 2014
Every time I go on a Bridges to Community trip (and I have been on many!), I am more and more impressed with the local people I meet in Nicaragua and the DR, so many of whom are determined to improve not only their own lives but the lives of all in their community. I have worked alongside some of the most amazing people who do so much with so little, who persist in the most difficult conditions, and who energize me to keep working for change when I return home. I love the fact that in working alongside Nicaraguans or Dominicans to build a physical structure, we are also building community and bridging the gap between cultures. For anyone who sitting on the fence and wondering whether this is the trip for you, my advice is…go for it! You’ll be glad you did. Lisa Kunstadter, Most recent trip: DC IT Group with Leslie Barry, January 2017
“Bridges To Community is a great organization to become involved with. A Bridges trip is a fantastic way to learn the value of helping people and have some fun as well. I have been on many BTC trips with my family and neighbors and I cant think of a better way to spend a week than helping people in need, learning other cultures and making many new friends” Dr. Mike Lahn, Most recent trip: Lahn Friends & Family trip, April 2017
“The genius of Bridges To Community is that it provides a positive, meaningful and real experience for those who travel to Nicaragua or The Dominican Republic for a Service Learning Trip.” Chuck Ramsey, Chairman Emeritus, Bridges to Community:
From my little casita in Nicaragua, I wrote my law school entrance essays about confronting social and human rights issues in Latin America… which led me to the Inter-American Development Bank, which led me to a high powered law firm defending foreign investment and the rule of law in Latin America…and then I met my wife:), which led me to a multinational manufacturing company in Germany. The beauty of Bridges’ work is in its simplicity: meeting basic human rights and empowering both the materially wealthy and the materially poor in the process. When I left Bridges, my final speech to the communities was about how I didn’t want to work at Bridges and I didn’t even want Bridges to exist — I wanted an economy in Nicaragua that provided opportunities for good education, sustainable employment, etc, so that families could build houses on their own. Being a corporate lawyer is arguably a far cry from mixing cement and helping to put a roof over someone’s head, but my current company employs 20,000 people around the world — 20,000 people who are all able to better provide for their families, many of them in developing countries. In the end though, I think the more lasting outcome of Bridges for me has been shaping how I view the world and how I do my job. Bridges helped make me a world citizen aware of the world’s injustices, big and small. Jacob Stoehr, former staff member in Nicaragua.