Last moments in Nicaragua

Dinner was Caballo Bayo, the same special meal we had on the island yesterday.

After several sad goodbyes with families in Carazo yesterday, the group traveled to the same Centro Kairos guesthouse in Managua where they had stayed the first two nights when they arrived in Nicaragua what seems like a looong time ago.  After lunch we had a worship service and some reflections and sharing on our times … Keep reading »

July 27 – A Vacation on Our Private Island

On the boat ride to 'our' island.

With the project presentations finished, today was a final vacation day before beginning the process of starting the journey back home.  The group traveled an hour to Granada, where we boarded a boat on Lake Nicaragua for a trip to the Isletas, about 360 small islands formed before recorded history when the Mombacho volcano blew … Keep reading »

July 25 – Project Presentations and trip to Masaya Volcano

Maria Schirch gives a strong sales pitch for getting a minor or major in Spanish.

This morning half the students gave informal 10-minute presentations on a topic they chose before leaving for their service assignments.  When the work was finished, we had lunch together, celebrated some July birthdays, and then headed to the Masaya volcano for sight-seeing.  During the rainy season the volcano emits a constant cloud of steam with … Keep reading »

July 24 – Return from Service Assignments

And the last to arrive was Alejandro.

Today all the students safely returned from their service locations.  They each stopped by Quinta Goshen, the house where Doug and Maria are living, to leave off homework assignments, books from the library, journal assignments, etc.  Also, we were just glad to see each of them in person and welcome them back!  Below are pictures … Keep reading »

Carazo – Cora

Cora reads a story to one of the boys.

Cora works with Libros para Niños (Books for Children), an organization in Jinotepe that promotes reading.   An earlier date for Maria to visit Cora at her work was rescheduled for this past week, when Maria visited Cora in the central park of the town of Dolores. Central American towns all have a central park, and … Keep reading »

El Lagartillo – Alejandro

After a successful throw the player has to get the top onto the palm while it keeps spinning.

Alejandro is working in this small rural community that the whole group had visited in early June.  After the 20-mile race on Sunday (see earlier post) Maria and Doug accompanied Alejandro back to El Lagartillo, about a six-hour trip north of Jinotepe.  Maria and Doug’s daughters, Jessica (who did her SST in Senegal) and Juni, … Keep reading »

Managua – Becky

At the entrance a mural describes all the programs offered by the center.

Becky is working in Managua at the Centro Cultural Batahola, a community center that offers a wide variety of educational and cultural programs for low-income families in the surrounding neighborhoods. When Doug visited Becky on Thursday she was working in the center’s library helping the director sort through book donations.  The library has more than … Keep reading »

Pearl Lagoon – Bobby and Yuriy

Most streets in Pearl Lagoon are grass walkways because it was only a few years ago that a road reached town and motor vehicles arrived.

These two students are doing their service assignments in this Caribbean coast community that the group had visited back in mid-May.  Bobby is working at the health center, and Yuriy works at the local school and also assists a local hotel with business work. When we arrived in Pearl Lagoon we went to meet the … Keep reading »