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May 26, 2011

Johnny and Dancing by Brian Saturday was an eventful day in Pearl Lagoon. We began the day with a lecture from Johnny Hodgson about autonomy and the East Coast. Personally, I was amazed at the depth of his experience and insight. We were hearing from a man who had spoken to the U.S. Congress when he was only twenty years old and then went on to help write the autonomy law for the east coast of Nicaragua. Hodgson gave us a condensed version of the history of the East coast that was filled with knowledge and research. Every so often,…

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May 26, 2011

Friday on the East Coast by Kaleb After a long journey to Pearl Lagoon on Friday we were all ready to relax. We were going to spend the day at a private island in the Pearl Keys. We woke up early and boarded two pangas (speed boats) to travel to the keys. The waves were a little rough, and all of the bouncing around eventually broke a seat in one of the pangas. We arrived a little bruised but all in one piece.

May 26, 2011

Co-leaders’ introduction by Lisa & Jen From last Thursday through this Monday we took an extended field trip to the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, on the opposite side of the country from where we are spending most of the term. The eastern autonomous regions of Nicaragua comprise over 50% of the country’s land mass but only 10% of the population. That population, however, is more culturally diverse than the Pacific side of the country, consisting of five major ethnic groups: Miskito, Sumu, Rama, Garifuna and Creole. The history of this part of the country is quite different from that of…

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May 17, 2011

Day to Day Life

As we head into our second full week with the students, most are starting to settle into a daily routine.  A typical day begins with breakfast with the family between 7 and 8 and then they are off to school by either walking or taking a micro bus, which is basically a Mitsubishi van rigged to hold around 15 people…and sometimes more J  After gathering for a bit of a check in at the school, the students then divide into their Spanish classes and work with their teachers from 9 till 11:45.  We were very happy to once again have…

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May 13, 2011

First Reunión

Midway through our first week of classes and lectures in Jinotepe, we had our first reunión, which means “meeting.” We also like the literal translation of the word, reunion: a time when we come together and get reacquainted with each other and with ourselves. This will be a weekly event at the unit house, during which we’ll have guided discussion, getting-to-know-you exercises, group processing of events and issues, and devotionals/worship.

May 9, 2011

Sunday morning we headed from Managua to Jinotepe, stopping for a few minutes at Loma de Tiscapa on our way out of the capital city. This hilltop was where former dictator Anastasio Somoza built his presidential bunker, and ruins of his palace are still visible. Also atop the hill is a 59-foot tall silhouette statue of Augusto César Sandino, who was last seen alive here before being assassinated during peace talks with Somoza. The hill affords a panoramic view of the city, Lake Managua, and Volcano Momotombo in the distance. The group arrived in Jinotepe late in the morning and…

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May 9, 2011

Two Days — Two Houses

     After a full day of orientation, the students set out on a two-day service project in connection with an organization called Un Techo para mi País.  Techo is an organization that works with destitute families to help build them more sustainable housing.  The program, organized and run by university students, requires the family to be involved with the construction so that they can be a part of the process as well as give the volunteers a chance to make a connection with the family.  Our goal was to build two houses in two days in an area called Barrio…

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May 6, 2011

We’re happy to announce that 11 Goshen College students arrived safely Wednesday night in Nicaragua – all together, in one piece and with their luggage – after a very long day of travel. In fact, some reported that they never went to bed the night before they left Goshen! From the airport we went to “Casa Blanca,” the house where we’ll be doing orientation and also the home of Compañeros, Inc. Compañeros is a social enterprise NGO (non-governmental organization) that organizes and facilitates short-term volunteer service and cross-cultural learning experiences in Central America. Our country coordinator, Dalena, works with Compañeros,…

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July 24, 2010

Back from service

I’m happy to report that all the students are safely back from service in good spirits and good health, with lots of stories to share and lots of energy pointed towards returning back to the States.  Tomorrow is our wrap-up day, devoted to final project presentations (every thing from cooking Nica style, to malnutrition, to Nica’s system of medical care…), reflecting on service (and telling more stories), celebrating birthdays, and starting to think about re-entry.  It’s going to be a full, and good day.

July 9, 2010

Gallo pinto

Gallo pinto is the national dish of Nicaragua; however, the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts have different recipes.  Here are approximate “recipes” for each.  Buen provecho!

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