Dance class!

Instructors Frank and Elizabeth give us a demonstration

Last Wednesday we had an extended reunión that got us out of our seats and onto the dance floor. Thanks to our expert instructors, Frank and Elizabeth, we learned some salsa and merengue moves while simultaneously providing entertainment for the staff and students at the local university where we have our afternoon lectures. We even … Keep reading »

El Salto Estanzuela and Reserva El Tisey

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       Our final day of the trip took us to El Salto Estanzuela, a beautiful 15-meter waterfall, and Reserva El Tisey, a 9344-hectare nature reserve (the equivalent of over 23,000 acres). As we started the hike at Estanzuela, we could hear the roar of the water grow louder and louder at we neared … Keep reading »

Matagalpa

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After an early morning Spanish class, the group set out for a four-day adventure to Matagalpa and Esteli. Unfortunately, due to illness we were short two students, Jacob and Hannah, as well as Lisa and Geneviéve, who stayed back to nurse the students back to health. Our first destination was an organic coffee farm owned … Keep reading »

Estelí

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Our first stop in Estelí was Funarte, a nonprofit nongovernmental organization built around the idea of giving young children a chance to express themselves through art while learning how to work together to create murals. Children have free weekly painting workshops and work in groups to design and paint murals throughout the city. The group … Keep reading »

Stay tuned…

Just a quick note to say that we’re in the northern regions of Matagalpa and Estelí this weekend, visiting a coffee farm, an arts NGO, a paper-making cooperative, the grave of Ben Linder, and a museum dedicated to the heroes and martyrs of the revolution, among other places. We’ll be back in touch soon after … Keep reading »

Nicaraguan Mother’s Day with Moisés Gadea

Moises Gadea (right) performs for us on Nicaraguan Mother's Day

May 30 is Mother’s Day in Nicaragua, and a special guest helped us celebrate this with our host mothers: Nicaraguan singer-songwriter Moisés Gadea. Gadea has toured internationally, but he prefers to perform for small intimate gatherings, which worked out very well for us. He and his percussionist Camilo performed at our SST house for an … Keep reading »

Managua Day Trip

Last Friday we returned to capital city Managua for the day, where we spent the first few days after the group arrived almost a month ago. (How did the month of May pass so quickly, we wonder?) We started off with a visit to Mercado Huembes, a multi-block indoor/outdoor market that includes everything from butcher … Keep reading »

A Trip Out East – Part 3 (Finale)

The Moravian church we visited

Moravian Church and a Miskito Village by Sarah Sunday took us to the Moravian Church in Pearl Lagoon, where we worshiped with a lot of singing and rather long sermon in Creole about honoring one’s family and being obedient to one’s parents. Our group sang two hymns for the church members: “I Sing the Mighty … Keep reading »

A Trip Out East – Part 2

Johnny Hodgson telling us about the indigenous peoples of the East coast

Johnny and Dancing by Brian Saturday was an eventful day in Pearl Lagoon. We began the day with a lecture from Johnny Hodgson about autonomy and the East Coast. Personally, I was amazed at the depth of his experience and insight. We were hearing from a man who had spoken to the U.S. Congress when … Keep reading »

A Trip Out East – Part 1

Ready for adventure on the speed boat...

Friday on the East Coast by Kaleb After a long journey to Pearl Lagoon on Friday we were all ready to relax. We were going to spend the day at a private island in the Pearl Keys. We woke up early and boarded two pangas (speed boats) to travel to the keys. The waves were … Keep reading »