Fastball Down the Middle- Time to Hit One Out of the Country

21 Feb
“Seek always to do some good, somewhere. Every man has to seek in his own way to realize his true worth. You must give some time to your fellow man. For remember, you don’t live in a world all your own. Your brothers are here too.” -Albert Schweitzer


The Pitch: Quinnipiac students have already used their education in health, business, drama, education, and film to improve the quality of life for the people of Nicaragua.  Students from the ICM program would introduce a combination of technology and the arts, making a difference in a way that no other program could.

DSC_0780_JPGSummary: Everyone comes back from this trip humbled by seeing the world in a whole new light.  They leave behind skills, knowledge, and hope to a community who openly offers what little they have to students like they were their own family.  I am corroborating with students and teachers who have made this trip, as well as Erin Peck, director of programs for the Albert Schweitzer Institute, in order to find the best way to help the people of Nicaragua using the skills I have mastered through the Interactive Digital Design program and now through the Interactive Communications Masters program.  The Albert Schweitzer Institute is always looking for ways to get other programs involved in these trips.  My projects successes will open the door so the ICM program can join the number of other Quinnipiac programs already making annual trips with students.

Three years ago I designed a website for Quinnipiac’s “Alternative Spring Break Trip”.  I wanted to go with the school all four years in my Undergrad, but never had the chance.  Since then, I have made it my mission to travel to Nicaragua in my Masters and help the people in whatever way I can.  It amazes me that there is so much beauty and love in a country that is so poverty stricken.  Maybe even more than in our own country.  My team and I have brainstormed numerous project ideas from helping the local businesses become more tech savvy, to inspiring the children with art and design.  I am taking my time to research, discuss, and analyze all the options in order to come up with the project idea that will be most beneficial to the people.  This is a project that I am very passionate about and I intend to find a way within this program to make a difference in the lives of these people.





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  2. Jenna Carlesso

    February 21, 2011 at 1:38 pm


    Your passion for making a difference in Nicaragua is clear, which is important in a project like this. I think it’s a great idea for the QU ICM program to join other programs that are making trips to Nicaragua to help out.

    I know you wrote in the post that you’re still researching and trying to come up with a specific project idea, but if you choose to revise your pitch at any point, you may want to lay out exactly what your project idea is. How will you incorporate technology and arts into a program that would help kids or adults in Nicaragua? You’ve got great ideas, I think you just need a couple brief lines pinpointing what specifically you would do during this trip abroad (assuming there’s money involved, your investors would probably want to see a slightly more specific proposal).

    I followed your link to the page you designed for alternative spring break. Looks great!

  3. admin

    February 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I know, I’m definitely still in the planning stages. I wanted to write my whole proposal based on this project, but I figured the pitch was more appropriate because I don’t have all the pieces nailed down yet and there are still a lot of details that need to be worked out. Thanks for the input!

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