Students from the Ohio State University traveled to Choluteca, Honduras in May for a study abroad program that focused on community development.
Included on the trip was Mount Gilead student Amanda Bush.
While on the 16-day program, students learned about Honduran issues related to agriculture, education, and international development through community outreach and education about agricultural needs and practices.
During the trip, students were immersed in the Honduras culture with traditional meals, visits to the local market, cooking practices, religious services, and a pick-up soccer game. Based out of Choluteca, Honduras, students also visited the surrounding communities of Apacilagua, Siete de Mayo, La Bonanza, Boca del Rio Viego, and Nacaome where they toured fishing villages, medical facilities, a dairy processing plant, a sugar cane farm, and an agricultural and vocational high schools.
According to Dr. Jamie Cano, professor in agriscience education at The Ohio State University, the Honduras study abroad program emphasizes the concept of international development and community development through the support of Honduran communities, groups, and organizations by underscoring their partnerships to improve the lives of the Honduran people on many cultural salient categories such as race, religion, and ethnicity.
The program was a collaborative effort with Utah State University and World Gospel Mission.