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May 14, 2015

In addition to regular Spanish classes this week and our Monday Reunion gathering, we had two wonderfully special encounters. On Tuesday, May 12, we were privileged to meet with and hear Padre Fernando Cardenal share stories of his personal experiences providing leadership of the National Literacy Crusade in the early 1980’s.  After the fall of the Somoza era, he was approached by The Twelve of the Sandinista government to oversee this national program.  Now at 81 years of age, Padre Cardenal shared with passion, vigor, and tears of various struggles, heartaches, and joys, as well as challenging the GC students…

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May 13, 2015

Friday, May 8 was a full day for the group in the Nicaraguan capital city of Managua. We all fit comfortably in a small bus for the hour long ride.  We first spent time in  “Old Managua,” particularly Revolution Plaza, where we were led in a guided tour of the Palacio National de la Cultura/National Museum of Culture which is the former governmental palace during the Somoza era.         Close by is the “Old” National Cathedral which was damaged in the 1972     earthquake that devastated Managua.  In that same area are tombs of famous leaders….

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May 10, 2015

Students did well over the first weekend with their host families dealing with nerves, communication, getting to know family members, new food and new surroundings. Lunes/Monday – Students began their Monday-Thursday daily routine of morning Spanish instruction.   Each Monday afternoon after Spanish Class we gather at Casa Goshen for lunch, group building, reflection, worship, friendship and  support.  This past Monday students shared about their weekends with host families. Martes/Tuesday-On Tuesday & Thursday afternoon students gathered at Casa Mateo to learn about the history of Nicaragua from Professor Aynn Setright.  A U.S. citizen, Aynn has lived and worked in Nicaragua for…

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May 2, 2015
May 2, 2015

                  This morning we packed up our bags from Casa San Juan and headed to Casa Goshen in Jinotepe, where we live. We will gather at this house every Monday for lunch, and a group time of reflection and discussion, as well as lunch one other day each week. We continued our orientation by going over the academic syllabus, followed by a wonderful lunch.  Then we divided into 3 groups for a walking tour of Jinotepe. Each student group was given a map and instructed to find key locations. Then we took microbuses…

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May 1, 2015

Today was our first full day getting oriented to SST, Nica, and strengthening Spanish speaking skills. The day started off with a thunderstorm, the first day of rain as we near the rainy season…this brought a wonderful relief to the heat! But, the temp rose to a cool lower 90’s by mid-morning…and was quite sticky. After lunch and a Nica cultural orientation, Maria led us on a short tour of where she went to University, which is several blocks from Casa San Juan. Then we divided into 3 groups for a couple of hours of “Spanish survival” skills as we…

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April 30, 2015

Bienvenidos a Nicaragua Goshen College Students! About 7:30 p.m. Managua time students arrived safely and navigated through customs and baggage claim smoothly. Students are now settling in to the guesthouse, Casa San Juan, for a couple of days of orientation and adjusting to the heat, sights and sounds of Nicaragua.

April 26, 2015

Josiah is waiting for our wonderful students to arrive!

April 26, 2015

Exploring a location where our students will travel to in a few weeks!

July 28, 2014

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, earthquake-resistant construction, folk dance, funerals, traditional medicine, howler monkeys and mot-mots, the literacy campaign, organic farming, employment, environmental issues, and more. We were impressed by both the breadth of sources used (both primary and secondary) and the depth of the students’ research. After another delicious…

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