Team Nicaragua is an annual international learning delegation of 20 Montclair State University students, under the direction of Jhon
Velasco, Director of the Center for Non Violence and Peace Initiatives.
This unique program offers students the opportunity to learn first hand
about the social, political, and economic disparities in developing
countries and the United States, using the complexities of the issues
in Nicaragua as a model.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Meet Your 2011 Team Nica Delegates: Maya Curry
My name is Maya Curry, I'm an Irvington, NJ native and I'm very proud and excited to be a part of Team Nicaragua 2011!
Currently I am in my sophomore year here at MSU where I am majoring in broadcasting and minoring in anthropology. I was first introduced to Team Nica during my first semester on campus and it was instantly something I knew that I had to be apart of before I graduated. I've always been interested in socio-cultural issues and my interest in this program definitely stems in part from the activism aspect of it. I love the fact that this is nota field trip to a poor off nation where I would see and learn about the various problems only to come home, show off some photos and tell some stories. Participating in the Team Nicaragua project will allow me to educate myself and others about the world outside of the one in which we live and how our own world affects it. In addition, I have always been interested in traveling, which is part of why I 'm an anthropology minor. I really believe that it is important to have an expanded awareness of the world at large and life in general. It is so easy to float through life only knowing one perspective, especially for young people such as myself where opportunities for international study and experience may be few. I never want to go through life only knowing one perspective or one way. In journeying to Nicaragua I will be venturing out of Jersey and truly seeing how “the other half lives" and I am very thankful for the opportunity to do so. I hope to return home renewed and with the knowledge to take part in bringing about change be it big or small.