By Jason Kornwitz | news@Northeastern
Caroline Bynum and Madeline Drake made higher education history last week, according to Northeastern University professor Jose Buscaglia, becoming the first two students in the world to do co-op in Cuba.
“I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to live and work in a country I never thought I’d be able to explore,” said Bynum, a third-year human services major. Drake, a fourth-year international affairs major, agreed, noting, “This is an incredible honor, a unique opportunity, and a great chance to learn.”
Bynum and Drake will spend the next four months working for the Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation, a non-governmental organization named in honor of the late Cuban archaeologist and geographer. FANJ is primarily dedicated to studying the impacts of climate change on Cuba and promoting the environmental-consciousness of the country’s people, but it also runs a cultural services program aimed at preserving a diverse range of artifacts and spreading the work of renowned Cuban intellectuals.
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