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Pettisville Man On Study Service Term To Nicaragua

Reuben Maldonado-Nofziger, son of Robin Nofziger and Ruth Maldonado-Nofziger, Pettisville, is participating in a Goshen (Ind.) College Study-Service Term in Nicaragua this summer, along with 17 other students.

A 2007 PHS graduate, he is a junior majoring in nursing. He left for Nicaragua April 28 and will return July 27.

The group is the third to return to that country after 30 years.

In 1978, the college stopped sending students to the Central American country because it was experiencing great civil unrest that resulted in 12 years of war and a devastated economy.

Nicaragua is located between Costa Rica and Honduras, and is slightly smaller than the state of New York.

Students will hear from speakers about the country’s culture and history, go on field trips, including to places that were affected, on both sides, by the war during the 1980s.

They will see the country’s

rich biodiversity, rain and cloud forests, active and inactive volcanoes, and undeveloped beaches.

Students will spend the first six weeks in Jinotepe, a city outside of the capital of Managua, for language study, and make several trips into the capital.

Students will be placed in service assignments around the country during the second half of the term.

Students will live with host families during both their study and service portions of SST, including living with Roman Catholics, who make up the majority of Nicaraguans, and with Evangelicals, who are a growing minority.

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