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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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July 26, 2014

Back from Service!

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 return to the states in a few days. The students will spend one last night with their host Carazo families (from the first six weeks), and tomorrow morning they’ll begin presenting their final projects. Check back soon for more updates and photos from our final…

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July 21, 2014

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 mobile classroom libraries in 20 schools and now has 46 community reading spaces in eight of Nicaragua’s 17 departments/regions. At these centers, children can work on homework, read alone or with others, and check out books. Staff also take books into communities that otherwise would…

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July 21, 2014

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 house on horseback. Unfortunately, when we visited him, a late bus arrival resulted in a missed connection for the last leg of the journey into San Onofre. The trip was delayed to the point where we had only a few minutes to visit with Jacob…

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July 20, 2014

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 Erika and Kelsey (2013 GC grad). We help out in the class by working with small groups or individuals on grammar exercises, dialogue activities, or pronunciation. After class we often meet with some of the students for additional tutoring if they want it. This has…

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July 12, 2014

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, and then identifying them and writing down data about each bird (i.e. What do they weigh, are they molting, how old they are, what sex they are, etc.).” They have also helped with other projects, such as “planting trees for reforestation, identifying butterflies and moths,…

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