Final weekend — and Goodbye to/from Nicaragua!

Reflecting on our experiences

The final two days together have been a whirlwind of activity, from stories of service to project presentations to decompressing and getting ready to depart. Saturday morning we all gathered one last time at Casa Goshen for presentations of the students’ final projects. Topics included health care, theater, the national police, music of the revolution, … Keep reading »

Back from Service!

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What an exciting day we had, as the students returned from six weeks at their service locations. They began arriving about noon, and by 6:00 p.m. all 22 were back at Casa Goshen in Jinotepe. There were hugs, smiles, anecdotes, and even a few tears as we all got reacquainted and began preparing for our … Keep reading »

Service Visit: Alma

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Alma is working at Libros Para Niños [Books for Children] in Jinotepe. In a country with few lending libraries (neither school nor public), the work of this nonprofit organization is critical in helping children and youth develop a love of reading and literature. Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Managua, Libros Para Niños started with … Keep reading »

Service Visit Report: Jacob

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Jacob is in the department of Boaco, a sparsely-populated central region known for its hilly terrain, cattle, and agriculture. The municipality where he lives, Laguna de San Onofre, is remote and difficult to reach without an all-terrain vehicle. In fact, when Jacob arrived in Boaco, he rode the last few kilometers to his host family’s … Keep reading »

Service Visit Report: Hillary and Blake

A visiting high school group with the English class (and Hillary and Blake) at Batahola Norte

Hillary and Blake are doing their service work at the Batahola Norte Cultural Center, a community center in Managua that focuses on education, the arts, and cultural and personal development. Hillary writes this about their work there: “Our days at the center being around 9 am. We attend the English class taught by long-term volunteers … Keep reading »

Service Visit Report: Thomas, Peter, and Samantha

The students created this butterfly display

Thomas, Peter and Samantha are all working in the community of Laguna de Apoyo, Thomas and Peter at a biological research/preservation station, and Sam at an elementary school. Thomas and Peter report that they have done “lots of bird netting, which involves setting up the nets, untangling the birds when they fly into the nets, … Keep reading »

Service Visit Update: Ben

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Ben‘s service work is at the base of Volcán Mombacho, an inactive volcano and cloud forest we visited as a group in May. “My service assignment is very laid back,” says Ben. He works in the mariposario (butterfly farm) and orquideario (orchid garden), where he helps clean the structures and chats with his coworkers about … Keep reading »

Service Visit Report: Kara

Kara shows one of her works in progress

Kara is living and working at a family-run pottery workshop in San Juan del Oriente, a town where ceramic making has been the culture for over 500 years. Given the heavily ingrained tradition, her days are filled with learning about and working with pottery. She also gets plenty of time to read, talk to people, … Keep reading »

Service Visit Report: David and Ashley

David and his host brother enjoy spending time together (that very evening they were headed to Leon for a trivia contest).

David is in Chichigalpa, Chinandega, where he is living with “a great host family.” His service assignment is assisting an English teacher at San Luis Gonzaga School. “There are five levels of classes there, and my schedule with each is different, depending on the day of the week,” he says. “I usually pronounce things in … Keep reading »

Service Visit Report: Daniel and Alyssa

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Alyssa and Daniel are both in Pearl Lagoon on the Caribbean (east) coast of Nicaragua, where the whole group traveled to in mid-May for four days. Alyssa divides her time between two different schools: a public primary school in town and a preschool in the neighboring Miskito village of Awas. At the public school, “I … Keep reading »