Over the summer, 19 students enrolled in Professor Sanjay Lanka's BUS 303S class, an international service learning experience focused on community economic development in Nicaragua. They toured small farms and met with farmers, discussed fair trade practices, and saw first-hand how international business methods impact communities.
Here is what a few students had to say about the experience:
"The trip has opened my eyes up to new business terms and ideas that may be helpful down the road in my entrepreneurial path."
"I would definitely recommend this trip to a fellow business student. Not only does the course broaden your business scope, but it also makes you appreciate life as an American much more than you probably ever have."
"My service learning experience in Nicaragua was truly life changing, and having the opportunity to see how service can help develop a rural community was inspiring. At the start of the trip I had very mixed emotions about being there, but as the trip continued I recognized how much I was actually learning and what my help meant to the people of Monte Grande. By the end of our stay in Nicaragua I was able to fully understand the proper meaning of service learning, and this was made possible through discipline-based knowledge, personal experience, and community knowledge."