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January 2014 Trip

Day 3 - Communities Surrounding Zacapa

posted Jan 25, 2014, 6:27 AM by President EWB LSU

5:30am

Updates soon.

Day 2 - San Pedro Zacapa

posted Jan 25, 2014, 6:22 AM by President EWB LSU

1/24/14 Friday

7:30am
En route to Zacapa. The night was quite interesting because the walls do not have much insulation. We were able to hear all of the sounds of nature throughout the night, including the ocean.

10:30am
We have arrived in Zacapa! Our plan for the day is to spend 10:30-12:30 in a large meeting similar to a town hall where people will discuss the needs of the community in detail. We will break for lunch and then reconvene at 2 to discuss the priority of the needs and discuss potential solutions and allow the community members to express their opinions on what is most needed.

Phones go off all the time on loud volume and no one cares or hurries to silence the phone. People also talk to one another throughout the presentations and no one takes notice. It is very different from U.S. meetings in that sense, but everything else was the same.

Notes on the meetings will come soon.

8pm
After we returned from the meetings and rediscovered the internet (finally), we ventured out into Zacapa to learn more and see some of the needs up close and with our own eyes. We walked across a bridge which Olmin Zapata explained was only a little over a month old. The previous bridge was destroyed in a flood and they laughed read access for years before finally getting this bridge. We noticed PVC piping strung up in the trees that was explained to be fresh water coming from the top of the mountain and is considered to be very clean.
Further down the road, we noticed fireflies in all of the surrounding grass! We weren't able to get it on video, but it was very cool and beautiful to see so many surrounding us in the darkness.

12am
We spent the late night talking with Manuel, a Civil Engineer from UNITEC at Tegucigalpa. He would like to study Civil Engineering at LSU for his Master's. He will spend Saturday and Sunday with us in Zacapa and La Ceiba. We were able to ask a lot of questions and get a lot of information while also discussing the U.S. and how different it is for us and our classes.

Day 1 - San Pedro Sula and Omoa

posted Jan 24, 2014, 3:25 PM by President EWB LSU   [ updated Jan 25, 2014, 6:09 AM ]

1/23/14 Thursday

10am

 37,000 feet! We are flying into San Pedro Sula (S.P.S.) right now and are planning to meet our driver at 1pm to head to UNITEC’s campus in S.P.S. We will meet with students and faculty to learn more about their engineering program and tell them more about our programs and what EWB-LSU would like to do in the future in Honduras. After the meeting with the students and faculty, we will head to Omoa, which is a town on the coast. There, we will enjoy dinner and visit with the Alcalde to learn more about the needs in Omoa.

 

11am

There are trees and plants uninterrupted for miles and miles. It is incredible to see the overwhelming amount of green. There is so much space between cities here too, and not very many roads.

 

12pm

Landed in San Pedro Sula! Customs was very strange – not at all what one would experience in the US or in Europe. There was not much structure or order and when the bags went through the scanners again, the security officers did not pay much attention. The airport here is also very small and cramped.

 

1:30pm

UNITEC’s campus is very nice! They just moved into the building about 2 weeks ago, and it is very modern and nice. They have a “Rec-Zen” which has a food court on the lower floor and an area for recreation on the second floor. Some of the foods that they had were very American such as hamburgers and pizza (and pizza in a cone!) as well as a salad and wrap shop, but they also had enchiladas and baleadas and other Honduran foods.

 

3:30pm

Just got out of our meeting with the students and faculty in Civil Engineering (ingenieria Civil). Two of the students are participating in the 2+2 program with LSU where they attend UNITEC for two years and then LSU for the next two years and graduate with an LSU degree. There are currently only two programs that are set up this way: civil and industrial. Other students were part of their equivalent ASCE and E-Council.

www.facebook.com/unitec.honduras and Twitter: @UNITEC_hn


8pm

Met with the Alcalde of Omoa over dinner to discuss the problems facing Omoa. The major problem there is waste / trash. They do not have anything in place to take care of the waste, so it is just brought to one location and left there. There is a river that separates Honduras and Guatemala which carries a lot of trash. When it rains, the trash ends up on the beaches. The community members also wonder what is happening tot heir beaches which are disappearing / getting smaller.

 

Final Pre-Trip Meeting

posted Jan 22, 2014, 12:47 PM by President EWB LSU   [ updated Jan 22, 2014, 3:43 PM ]

1/22/14 3pm

We are at our last meeting to finalize the trip's details. We couldn't be more excited! The countdown is down to 15 hours before take off. We will be in San Pedro Sula in less that 24 hours. We will meet with students and faculty at UNITEC tomorrow then drive to Omoa later in the day to meet with the Alcalde (mayor) and visit a few potential project sites.

Please stay tuned to this site to stay up to date on the whole EWB-LSU in Honduras experience and visit our Facebook page!

Prepping for Travel

posted Jan 19, 2014, 5:03 PM by President EWB LSU

1/19/2014

Stay tuned to keep up with the travel team as they head to Honduras!

4 LSU students and the EWB-LSU faculty advisor will head to Honduras on January 23rd to make the first steps in starting a new EWB-USA program!

The team will visit with mayors, students and faculty at UNITEC, local community members, and Honduran businesses and organizations to determine what community our program will target and what the first project will be.

San Pedro Zacapa is our primary interest on the trip and needs are very great there!

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