Campus chapters provide a variety of engaging and creative opportunities for college students to connect with the global community through on-campus, local, and international
Campus Chapters serve growing international communities and encourage university students to engage in rich and rewarding cross-cultural exchange.
Vanderbilt University is home to MPI’s charter chapter. The chapter, which is one of the largest student organizations on Vanderbilt’s campus, is currently involved in five initiatives in the Nashville area. The Vanderbilt chapter sends students on service trips to Nicaragua and Ecuador annually, during both their fall and spring breaks. This chapter currently boasts over 250 active members and, in the last year alone, raised close to $30,000 for MPI programs.
The University of Georgia chapter was founded in 2008 and quickly grew to be the second largest Manna chapter, with some of the highest levels of campus participation among members. Every year, the UGA chapter organizes full spring break trips to each site.
Worcester State University sends two teams to MPI’s Nicaragua site every year. The Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program is alive and well, with students operating new projects every year. In the winter, occupational therapy students accompany Professor Jackie Brennan to the site, working with partner organization Tesoros de Dios, a school for children with special needs, and providing support for MPI programs while they are in Managua.
The University of Texas-Austin chapter became active in 2008. In addition to serving at MPI's international sites, this chapter participates in Austin’s annual JDFR Walk for the Cure, an annual diabetes-centered event, and organizes events for the annual Boy Scouts of America Sport Classic, a day-long fundraising event for the Boy Scouts of Austin.
In the spring of 2013, the University of Michigan's MPI chapter was born. Since then, this chapter has worked eagerly and enthusiastically to lead local initiatives through volunteerism at an elementary school in Detroit. The chapter piloted a pen-pal program between elementary school students in Detroit and the children of MPI Ecuador's English class!
Since its founding in 2010, the University of North Carolina’s MPI chapter has grown steadily, leading its first spring break trip to Nicaragua in 2012. This year, the chapter is volunteering with two local initiatives - the Ronald McDonald House and the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, all while focusing on their campus goal of increasing yearly fundraising.
MPI's Duke University Chapter was inspired by the organization’s original founders at Vanderbilt University, and was founded in the Spring of 2008. The Duke chapter serves locally and offers English tutoring to Spanish-speaking women, providing child care so participants can focus on learning.
"As a team we were able to see how deep poverty is and how you can't 'change the world' in a couple of days and not even a couple of years. It is the relationships you make with people and the little changes that you are able to make in a community that make the most difference."
"What I love about these chapters is that they're all individualistic, each with their own ideas of what they want to accomplish as branches of a working non-profit organization. They are all involved with their own local initiatives, volunteering in their communities with organizations that run the gamut of community development initiatives."
University Partner Programs
MPI partners with universities, providing internships and development experience to students from a range of disciplines. Students put their education into practice, taking part in holistic community development initiatives, assisting with programs, serving alongside professionals in their field of interest and completing research projects for undergraduate and graduate level credit.
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