Students from the Ohio State University traveled to Choluteca, Honduras in May for a study abroad program that focused on community development.
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 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.
Students from The Ohio State University who participated in the study abroad include: Nick Anderson, Amanda Bush, Ashley Cromer, Kristen Eisenhauer, Justin Feltz, David Glass, Katie Hart, Audrey Hoey, Veronica Johnson, Rachel McClellan, Summer McLain, Mike Miller, Tricia Schoen, Zach Sperling, Emily Starlin, Abbey Van Tyne and Bailey Wagner. Students from Utah State University include: Nathan Fausett, Lacy McElprang, Jessica Roueche, Corey Warren and Cameron West. Ohio State faculty member Dr. Jamie Cano, Ph.D. candidate W. Tyler Agner, staff member Emily Wickham, and Utah State faculty member Dr. Gary Straquadine accompanied the group.
Visit www.studyabroadhonduras2016.wordpress.com to read the blog students kept daily about their experiences while traveling abroad.