Internship Opportunity with CoCoDA
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Your donations can make a difference in the creation of opportunities for young people in Central America who want to continue studying, solar panel projects to pump water to the communities, and the support for health systems with which CoCoDA works alongside our partners in Nicaragua and El Salvador.
Special thanks to our 2020 donors
- Major contributors
A CoCoDA delegation can be customized to meet your group’s interests and needs.
Common themes include
- Water and Sanitation
- Public Health
- Education and Youth
- Environmental Issues
- Arts and Culture
- Public Policy and Economics
- Photography and Design
- Spanish language
In the past twenty-eight years, CoCoDA has
- brought over 2300 delegates to Central America,
- collaborated on water projects bringing water to over 500 families,
- partnered in providing healthcare to over 12,000 Central Americans every year,
- built schools that teach over a 1000 children annually,
- helped 140 young people graduate from university,
- funneled nearly $2 million dollars of investment to Central America.
There are no upcoming events at this time.
I was impressed by the thoughtfulness staff members bring to working alongside outstanding local partners. Additionally, at every stage of the trip there were opportunities for respectful, authentic dialogue with community members. The Friends of CoCoDa delegation cemented in my mind that the organization’s unique approach embodies community driven development and cross-cultural learning at its very best.
One of the participants in the March delegation, wrote, “Before landing in Nicaragua, I read about North Americans that flew in, did unsustainable work and called it global health, the caped villains. These misguided heroic efforts disregard the local leaders and advocates that work - with blood, sweat and tears - to take care of their people and give them a voice. These are the unsung heroes, the heroes without capes; and in Zacataloza we met many such heroes.
CoCoDA has allowed our faculty and staff to focus on education and reflection rather than logistics. They know and understand the local government agencies, non-governmental organizations and the communities. They facilitate learning experiences we could have never created on our own. They creatively solve problems and handle the unexpected. I know our students are in good hands.
I stayed with two families while in El Salvador. Even though language was a barrier, the hospitality of these families was overwhelming. I started to refer to one of my house mothers as "Cry Baby." Every time we discussed my pending departure she would start to get tears in her eyes. The hearts of the Salvadorians I met were the biggest and warmest I have encountered in my many travels.
I sense that I have lived far more than a month's worth of life experiences. I have learned extraordinary things, met many inspirational people, and acquired valuable skills. I have new meanings for humility, perseverance, and kindness. I am indebted to this country for providing me with these opportunities so graciously. I will not soon forget El Salvador.
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