College of Coastal Georgia News

Office of International Education to Host Guest Speaker on Recovery Efforts in Nicaragua
Posted 03/29/2019 02:48PM

In an increasingly interconnected society, it's important for students and the community to be knowledgeable about what's happening in other parts of the globe. International education at the College encourages students to not only study abroad, but to embrace the world coming to campus. The Office of International Education will host guest speaker Sarah Junkin Woodward of the Centre of Development in Central America (CDCA). Woodward will speak about recovery efforts in Nicaragua with her presentation "2019 Nicaragua in Recovery...What's Next? Linking U.S. and Nicaraguan Neighbors" on Tuesday, April 2, in Stembler Theatre, starting at 12 p.m.

Woodward works with the CDCA, a Nicaraguan project of the non-profit, faith-based organization, the Jubilee House Community (JHC). The CDCA has worked in Nicaragua for 25 years responding to human needs created by natural disasters and poverty in the second poorest nation in the western hemisphere. The organization focuses on alleviating poverty, while helping communities become self-sufficient and sustainable using integrated technology in all projects—specifically in areas of organic agriculture, education, health care and economic development. Woodward will discuss her work in Nicaragua and share how people can help with recovery efforts.

"The CDCA has been called to work with, and speak on behalf of the poor in our area of Nicaragua," Woodward said "to share their lives and stories with folks in the U.S., bridging the gap between us to better understand the global and environmental connections between our communities."

Woodward is one of the founders of the JHC and does an educational speaking trip in the eastern U.S. each spring. She hopes to bring awareness to both students and the community at large about what's happening in Nicaragua, and share how other groups from around the world are helping people in Nicaragua become self-sustaining.

Along with her presentation, there will be a craft display and sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Campus Center lobby. All proceeds will benefit the operating costs of the project.

To learn more about CDCA, visit

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