Welcome to the Ut Prosim El Porvenir's summer 2010 blog. This is Emily Barry, the graduate student leader of this group. It has been six days since UPEP’s arrival in the coastal town of El Porvenir, Honduras where we will be blogging for the duration of our month-long trip. UPEP is a Virginia Tech student-run service-learning course where students learn about the community of El Porvenir and about issues of international development and community organization related to their particular field of interest. Then, students travel to El Porvenir to work with a variety of local government and non-profit groups to form relationships and build capacity within existing community programs. We have a total of eight VT student participants in El Porvenir this summer, and these students are working with community partners on programs geared towards public health outreach, women’s empowerment, agriculture, and water sanitation. We will try to update our blog every few days, so stay tuned! The first blogger is Nicole Russell, a junior Business Management/Spanish major.