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May 4, 2013

Moved in with new families

Friday began with a nice surprise: rain!  Because the dry season begins in December, everything in Managua was very dry when we arrived.  The rainy season usually begins around mid-May, but this year it appears to have started already.  As we drove out of Managua and up the mountain to Jinotepe (where the SST unit house is located), the air smelled clean and the ground looked less dusty this morning. After arriving in Jinotepe, a city of about 60,000 an hour directly south of Managua, we broke up into 3 groups for a walking tour.  We had lunch in town…

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May 3, 2013

Last night for supper the students enjoyed their first Nicaraguan meal, which included a tortilla, salad, mixed vegetables, a fresco de Jamaica (hibiscus tea) and ……. rice and beans.  Everyone liked the rice and beans, which is good, because that is the Nicaraguan staple. After breakfast this morning (which included 4 types of fruit, as well as ….. rice and beans), the students had their first Spanish classes with their teachers for the next 6 weeks.  This first class focused on “survival Spanish” for this weekend, starting tomorrow, when each student will be picked up by their host Nica family. …

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May 2, 2013


The students arrived on time today, shortly after noon.  Once they stepped outside the airport, they were greeted by the robust heat that characterizes Managua in April.  This is the hottest month of the year.  After a 45-minute trip through the heart of Managua, we arrived at Centro Kairos guest house, where we will be spending the next 2 nights as we do introductions and orientations.  They served us each an ice-cold glass of passion fruit juice this afternoon,  during the hottest time of the day, and that hit the spot. On Friday morning we will travel south from Managua,…

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July 26, 2012


On Monday morning we were greeted with a traditional Nicaraguan breakfast for the student’s last meal before heading to the airport – gallo pinto, eggs, chorizo, salsa, cheese, tortillas, fresh watermelon & pineapple, orange juice, and coffee.  After loading all the luggage on the bus one more time

July 25, 2012

On Friday morning students said a final goodbye to their host families and loaded all their luggage on the bus.  There was a lot of conversation as students continued sharing their service experiences with each other.  We started the 2½ hour journey south to Playa El Coco, 17km south of San Juan del Sur.  Due to a dryer rainy season, we had no problems getting to the beach as two of the three rivers we needed to cross were dry.  We enjoyed a lunch with the sound of the waves crashing behind us and then finished up project presentations in…

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July 24, 2012

On Thursday July 19, the 33rd anniversary of the end to the Somoza dictatorship, we met at Quinta Goshen after students had a few free hours with their host families.  Due to the national holiday and the lack of public transportation, students returned from service a day early so we took advantage of the extra time and started presentations on the projects that the students completed while on service.  We enjoyed learning about several different subjects including: *Managua community cultural center *Malnutrition in Nicaragua *Childhood health and vaccinations *Literacy in the 1980’s and now *Alternative medicine on the East Coast…

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July 19, 2012

Back in Carazo

All students arrived safely back from their service locations yesterday.  The day was filled with lots of laughter and story telling.  Students enjoyed a pizza lunch with fresh dragonfruit drink.  All students spent the night with their Jinotepe, Dolores, and Diriamba families. After some free time in town this morning, students will come to Quinta Goshen for final presentations. On Friday we head south to the Pacific beach for Final Retreat.

July 13, 2012

For our last service visit, we headed back to Volcan Mombacho, where the group had gone for a field trip earlier in the semester.  Luke is a short 30 minute bus ride away from Jinotepe on the road to Granada but works mostly on top of Volcán Mombacho.  He has been helping and participating in a variety of activities.  At the park entrance there is an orchid display that the park is trying to get finished as well as a butterfly garden.  Part of finishing the orchid display includes finding the orchids on the mountain and then making informational cards…

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July 13, 2012

Our journey to visit Caleb and Lynelle started out early as we left on a 6:15am-ish flight to Bluefields from Managua.  After arriving in Bluefields, we took a panga (speedboat) to Pearl Lagoon and got in just before it started raining.  We met Lynelle at the hotel and started hearing her stories of life on the East Coast.  Caleb soon joined us and we went to see where Caleb is working. Caleb is working with several doctors at the local Centro de Salud. 

July 12, 2012

Erin is working at the Fortress of Hope children’s home on the outskirts of Managua.  The seventeen children and youth in this home have been abused either emotionally, physically, or sexually and been taken from their homes and placed at Fortress of Hope by the Nicaraguan Ministry of Family.  They have three separate houses on the property that house

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