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McCormick Students Build Home for Family in Nicaragua

Student group Global Architecture Brigades spent their spring break helping a family in need in Central America


Global Brigades is the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. One of its programs, Architecture Brigades, enables students to design and construct socially responsible and sustainable architecture solutions in countries like Nicaragua, Honduras, and Ghana.

This spring break, a group of McCormick students traveled to Nicaragua to build a home for a family in need. Working with members of the community, the students mixed concrete, dug trenches, and literally built a new house from the ground up. While their engineering skills came in handy, the most important thing the students brought to the experience was compassion. 

“I learned that going down to Central America to help build a home for somebody doesn’t require any complex equations or any high-level thinking,” said sophomore Ryan Yang. “It just really requires the desire and the will to help somebody out.”