Social Effects of Nicaraguan Schools

Joshua Deckman '13

Hometown:  Mechanicsburg, PA
Major: Spanish
Pre-Professional Program:  Certification in Secondary Education

Magellan Project Description:
I lived in Granada, Nicaragua for two and a half weeks working for a Non-Governmental Organization called Casa Xalteva, started in 1995 by University of New Mexico professor Ken Carpenter. During this time period, I worked with approximately 18 children taken off of the streets as a mentor and tutor to reinforce the importance of education and provide a positive adult influence in their lives. I also had the opportunity to interview the founder of the school, as well as a number of teachers currently employed by the organization, and a few former students. This helped me write a brief history on the school and form a more complete picture of the effects that this organization has had on this small town Nicaraguan community.

How will your Magellan Project help with your plans after graduation? After graduation, I plan to continue my education and study either Hispanic literature or Latin American cultural studies. This opportunity has reinforced my goals and has given me a greater respect for the culture and the language.