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Grace J. Palmisano Center for Campus Ministry

International Service Immersion Experience to Nicaragua

International Service Immersion Experience

Participant Application

Nicaragua 2018

Experience Dates: March 24-31, 2018



Mustard Seed Communities (MSC) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to caring for the most vulnerable populations in society. MSC began in 1978 as a home for children with disabilities on the outskirts of Kingston, Jamaica. We have since expanded and built additional facilities in Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Zimbabwe. In 1999 Mustard Seed Communities expanded to Nicaragua to meet the needs of children with mental and physical disabilities, many of whom were abandoned. In cooperation with the local organizations, land was identified in a small neighborhood just outside of Managua and construction of a residential home began. MSC Nicaragua has since expanded to include a second home for children with disabilities in the town of Diriamba. MSC Nicaragua also assists women and families living in impoverished areas of Managua through the Christ in the Garbage Ministries program, which oversees the distribution of food packages and maintains a Resource Center for adult women to learn vocational skills and gain economic independence.


In order to participate in Nicaragua International Service Immersion, participants must:

  • Participate in all required large and small group meetings
  • Pay their non-refundable, $500 deposit
  • Work with their team to meet the fundraising requirements from Mustard Seed Communities ($950/person) and Merrimack College
  • Obtain a passport or ensure that their current passport is valid at least 6 months from their scheduled departure date
  • Fill out all required paperwork given by Mustard Seed Communities and Merrimack College
  • Approach this experience with openness, excitement, and respect


Application and Interview Sign-up deadline:


 Interview sign-ups will be available via google doc shortly.

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