The Center for Non-Violence and Peace Initiatives is dedicated to broadening students’ global awareness, experience, activism, and education in order to empower them to create change in their communities and the world. This experience is designed to build upon the classroom experience by applying knowledge and experience to a challenging real world environment.
One of the many learning objectives is to gain a better perspective of the various systems that keep developing countries (like Nicaragua) from achieving economic and social stability. In addition, students will have the unique opportunity to build relationships, network and learn from our Nicaraguan partners.
Some of the learning/work experiences will include meeting with a variety of organizations to learn about issues of women's and human rights, worker’s rights, education, and most importantly health and the environment. We will be learning first-hand about alternative developmental projects, including the impacts of Free and Fair Trade on the garment and coffee industries. We will also have the opportunity to tour a “maquilardora,” which is a foreign-owned factory, to learn about the unsafe working conditions and help take action to promote healthier and safer working environments.
This annual international service learning project is led by Jhon Henry Velasco, Associate of Equity and Diversity/Center for Non-Violence and Peace Initiatives and adjunct professor in the Health and Nutrition Sciences department. Team Nicaragua partners with Witness for Peace (www.witnessforpeace.org), a politically independent, nationwide grassroots organization of people based in Washington D.C. committed to non-violence and social justice, to create the opportunity for taking 10 Montclair State University students, on an intense 10-day educational mission to the country of Nicaragua from January 2-12, 2012.
Upon returning, we are committed to educate and create change within our communities with the focus on Montclair State University. A classroom lecture series will be designed that will include themes regarding social disparities, including public health education, awareness, and promotion as they relate to developing countries.
To apply you must attend one of these three information sessions:
February 9 at 2:30 p.m. in University Courtyard Lounge
February 16 at 2:30 p.m. in University Courtyard Lounge
February 15 at 5:00 p.m. in University Courtyard Lounge
Applications are available at
the following link:
If you’d like to find out what it’s like to be a part of this adventure, here is some of what Team Nicaragua 2011 and 2010 posted on their blog: