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 Brett Losen '14

Brett Losen '14
Foundation Office Assistant

Majors: Classics, minor in Biology

Hometown: Calmar, IA

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About CCESP

Bridges to Community - Local Community Partner

Where We Go - Siuna, Region Autónoma Atlántico Norte (RAAN), Nicaragua

CCESP Media and Projects

History

Common Ground Symbol

 

CD Team Filling a Trench 2013 

 

Bridges to Community

The CCESP partners with Bridges to Community (BTC), a U.S. Registered 501(c)3 Not-For-Profit Organization that employs many Nicaraguans on its staff.

BTC promotes community and personal transformation, cross-cultural partnerships, sustainable community development, and a commitment to being agents of change in our communities, both locally and globally.

Working throughout the Nicaragua, including rural villages surrounding Siuna and more urban areas around the capital Managua, BTC acts as a liaison to ensure effective service and efficient logistics while we are in country. BTC also ensures continuity and sustainability; the clinics and the communities in which we work are selected by BTC after completing a community needs assessment.

By partnering with an NGO, Dartmouth ensures that locations where students work receive other visitors and volunteers at other times during the year when Dartmouth students are not in the area.

 

Where We Go

Follow this link to learn more abuot the Siuna region of Nicaragua where the program has been going since 2001.

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CCESP Media and Projects

Here is a link to the Nicaragua Programs website for Dartmouth, a joint endeavor between CCESP and faculty member Douglas Moody that hosts videos, pictures, interviews, maps and more related to the CCESP program.  This website is designed to share information about the Nicaragua programs that Dartmouth College participates in, which at the moment is the Nicaragua CCESP through the Tucker Foundation.
http://sites.dartmouth.edu/nicaraguaprograms/

 

Here is a link to a Flickr montage from the 2010 trip, as well as a video montage from the 2005-2008 trips.

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History

The Cross Culture and Education Service Program (CCESP) was founded in 2001 on the principles of immersion, education, cultural exchange, service, and reflection. Under these principles the program strives to accomplish two principal objectives. The first is to create a wide variety of learning opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students of Dartmouth College. These opportunities prepare students to speak and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in a global community. Students are able to develop intercultural skills, nurture a life of self-examination and reflection, and integrate service and academics.

The second, equally important objective is to provide service in an under-developed community by focusing resources on issues and concerns determined by members of the host community in Siuna, Nicaragua. In the past, CCESP has worked with the community on different construction and water sanitation projects, sustainable farming, and addressing acute health concerns in a clinical setting in support of the Siuna Ministry of Health. In addition, CCESP works to raise awareness of health threats by creating public health presentations for community leaders.

These objectives are met by a collaborative effort between Dartmouth undergraduates, Dartmouth Medical School students, medical professionals, Dartmouth faculty and Tucker Foundation staff. In addition, many other community members contribute towards the goals of the CCESP. The CCESP prides itself on its collaborative student-faculty model with an emphasis on student leadership roles.

In April 2011, the Tucker Foundation officially announced a one-year strategic re-evaluation period for the program in order to strengthen partnerships between Dartmouth, the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health, and key organizational partners in Siuna, Nicaragua. This effort was launched in response to student feedback. The re-evaluation also focused on improving Dartmouth's service-education model by implementing best practices in service-education and public health work.

 

CCESP symbo
 
The common ground symbol depicts two converging circles, which parallel the two converging worlds of Dartmouth and Nicaragua. When these two worlds come together on a equal plane — with respect and the goals of service and learning — they create a third realm where transformation can take place. Each world has its own multitude of viewpoints, as represented by the many points on each circle. Lines connect these distinct points to a central point, or a common ground: a place where people from different cultures recognize their shared humanity. Through the relationships that form, an inextricable bond forges these two worlds together. It is in this spirit that students, faculty, and professionals from Dartmouth College endeavor to carry out the Cross-Cultural Service Project.

Last Updated: 7/17/14