At the end of every delegation, CoCoDA asks delegates to reflect on their experience and let us know what was meaningful for them. We take these evaluations seriously, continually revising and adopting our program.
For CoCoDA, anything less than life changing suggests we failed to properly expose someone to Central America and its people. Fortunately, this is a nearly universal response.
Check out this sampling of comments…
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
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
There are so many mysterious fruits, nuts and living things in gorgeous patterns everywhere you look in El Salvador—an artist's nectar. (This one is a chirimoya.) I can't wait to bring my art and design students to explore this lovely
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
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
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