Reading Week in Nicaragua: Commerce ‘good works’ team fixes up a local school

Posted on March 14, 2012

Queen’s Commerce students descended on Jinotepe, Nicaragua, during Reading Week in late February to volunteer their services to help renovate a local school. Students restored a water fountain, built a new play area, painted the school’s interior and exterior and created educational murals for the 185 elementary school students at the Carlos José Salinas Elementary School in Jinotepe, outside Managua. While the students paid their own expenses, they also raised funds to bring nearly $400 worth of school supplies and delivered 50 teddy bears collected by students of Bluevale Collegiate Institute in Waterloo, ON.

The 25 students were chosen as part of the Queen’s Commerce Initiative Abroad (Q’CIA), an annual international volunteer initiative that targets a different country in the developing world. This year’s group partnered with Basecamp International Centers, a not-for-profit organization that offers short duration volunteer placements that benefit deserving schools abroad. Q’CIA, established in 2009, operates under the auspices of the Queen’s Commerce Society, the undergraduate student government for Commerce students enrolled in Queen’s School of Business.