La Grecia Service Visit — Mary

the road Mary lives on

We rode a chicken bus for about 30 minutes along a bumpy road to the community of La Grecia just outside San Ramon, Matagalpa to visit Mary.  Mary is working with Vicente Padilla (not the baseball player) on his organic farm.  You may remember Vicente’s farm from an earlier visit by the entire group in … Keep reading »

Bálsamo Norte Service Visit – Brook

the bus that goes to Bálsamo

Brook is serving in a community about 22 km outside Matagalpa called Bálsamo Norte.  We literally traveled over the rivers and through the trees on a rutted, rocky road for about 45 minutes to reach Bálsamo.  Brook is working through CEPAD on community building.  This has included

Matagalpa Service Visit – Kyle and Allison

Creativity Workshop where Kyle works

The department (state) of Matagalpa is the most mountainous of Nicaragua, and Matagalpa City, where Kyle and Allison are living, is true to form.  Walking the streets of Matagalpa, you will realize that the city is spread out over a valley, but also spreading up the mountains surrounding it, making for some very steep streets.  … Keep reading »

León service visit — Marissa and Steph

Transportation is today's topic

Leon, about a 2 hour bus ride from Managua, was the next stop in our circuit of service visits, where we visited Steph and Marissa.  Leon is a historic city, the site of many beautiful cathedrals, and a former capital of Nicaragua several times when the Liberal governments were in power.  After 1852, the Liberals … Keep reading »

Batahola Norte Service Visit – Anna and Rachel

Rachel and Anna at Batahola Norte

Anna and Rachel are spending their service time at Batahola Norte Cultural Center.  Batahola Norte is a barrio on the northwest side of Managua.  The center was started in 1983 by a Catholic nun from Cincinnati and a Catholic priest from Spain, and is now a thriving community center offering music and art classes to … Keep reading »

Managua Service Visit-Jennifer and Hannah

Primary School in Managua when Jennifer is working

The next stop on our service visit schedule was another day trip into Managua to visit Hannah and Jennifer, who are both working in the area around Barrio Grenada. Jennifer is working at Escuela Gabriela Mistral, a busy primary school in Barrio Grenada.  She assists the preschool teacher, Raquel, each morning from approximately 7am -11am.  … Keep reading »

Service visit to San Antonio Sur — Amy and Jen

Jen and Amy at the entrance to Hogar Belen

After visiting with Kat and Breanna, we continued about 30 minutes north to a barrio just outside Managua called San Antonio Sur where Amy and Jen live.  They work at Hogar Belen (Bethlehem Home), an orphanage for children with disabilities, a ministry of Mustard Seed Communities. Hogar Belen currently houses 22 children, although 5 new … Keep reading »

Service visit to La Concha – Kat and Breanna

Kat and Breanna in front of the Centro de Salud in La Concha

Students are now about halfway through the service portion of their service assignment, so Keri and I have started traveling around to all the service locations to check in on the students and see how their service placements are going.  The first stop was La Concepcion (usually called La Concha for short), where Kat and … Keep reading »

Trying out our new dance moves

learning some basic steps

Back in late May, the students had the opportunity to learn some new dance moves.  At the University where we held our afternoon charlas (chats), we asked the dance instructor to give our students a dance class.  We had one problem though, our group is 18 girls and 4 boys.  Julio, one of the workers … Keep reading »

Despedida – farewell to study portion!

Anna and Lynelle baking

Despedida (farewell) is an event planned by the students to thank their host families and everyone that has helped to make the study portion of Nicaragua SST a success.  The Despedida was held on the evening before students left for their service assignments, but preparations had been going on for several weeks.