Off to Service

Map of service locations

On Friday the students left for their service assignments.  Since then we’ve received word that they are all with their service host family now.  Their placements are as indicated on the map, and the work assignments are as follows: Aaron B. – Laguna de Apoyo;  creating a mural and working on a recycling project. Aaron … Keep reading »

The Bliss of Ignorance

Bobby shopping for pottery

In their journals last week several students wrote about the impact of the visits in Esteli and El Lagartillo.  Below is an entry from Bobby’s journal. The more time I spend in Nicaragua and learn about its culture and history, the more I learn about the United States.  In this situation, the old axiom of … Keep reading »


Lunch during Coyuntura

From shortly before our field trip to Matagalpa and in the following days we have a number of smaller events to share. At our twice weekly Coyunturas we realized that during our lunch on the back porch we were getting regular visits from Nicaragua’s national bird, the guardabarranco (ravine watcher), which is easily distinguishable by … Keep reading »

Field Trip to Matagalpa and Esteli: Saturday, June 1

Doug tells the story of Ben Linder at his tomb

Saturday was an emotionally intense day that saw tears as well as incredible inspiration. Our textbook on Nicaragua begins the history section with this quote: The history of Nicaragua is among the most turbulent and interesting in all of the Americas.  If, on the one hand, it features incredible elite exploitation, mass suffering, and foreign … Keep reading »

Convenient Christianity

Elise mother and sister

Below is another student’s journal entry, this one from Elise. My family’s Christian faith has been evident to me since day one.  They are very active members of their church, and they make spiritual disciplines an important part of each day.  My mother’s commitment to reading her Bible and praying for hours each day has … Keep reading »

Fighting the ‘Difference Wall’

Aaron and family

Below is a recent journal entry from Aaron reflecting, as did Caleb, on topics from our field trip to the Atlantic coast.  Tomorrow our group leaves for a three-day field trip to northern Nicaragua, and we’ll be back with more posts next week. When I first tried to think of an issue of culture or … Keep reading »

What is my culture?

Caleb and Awas team captain

  During SST students are required to keep a journal and submit three entries each week.  This is a recent journal entry from Caleb, pictured in the photo on the left: As I walked to school today I had some extra time to reflect about my experience on the Atlantic coast.  I was thinking about … Keep reading »

Mombacho Cloud Forest and Colonial Granada

The hike started flat and dry

Friday was such a long day that we set a record for starting early.  Everyone arrived at Quinta Goshen (our unit house) before 6 a.m. to leave for the entrance station for the Mombacho National Park.  Mombacho is an extinct volcano with a unique cloud forest on top.  The entrance to the park is at … Keep reading »