This will be our last blog post from Nicaragua. The lower grades honored us today with more dances, songs, and thoughtful gifts for each of us. It was yet another super special day at La Nicaraguita. We shared music, laughter, tears, and lots of hugs and kisses. Continue reading
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Today was my first time (as well as others) swimming in the Pacific Ocean! We began the day driving to the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, a place called Pochomil. Although the car ride was lengthy, the beautiful views and memorable small talk between our group and the Nicas filled in the time. When we saw the beach it was like seeing an old friend, everyone started running for the water. Because the sun is so strong here, the water was so naturally warm and inviting. After swimming in the ocean, we all gathered in the pool for a Quakerly (or not so Quakerly) game of keep away. It was Nicaraguans versus Americans and I’m happy to say we got the win the second time around. Continue reading
Saludos de Nicaragua!
Today was our second day of service at the large public school, Escuela Elemental de Acuahlinca. While some of the group continued with their poster-making projects to adorn classrooms, the rest of us worked outside shoveling dirt into a wheelbarrow, which we then used for potting plants in discarded plastic computer containers. The recycling theme continues! Continue reading
Today was a fun-filled day of service and dancing, like any day here should be. Instead of taking the two minute walk from school principal Rafaela’s house to La Nicaraguita, we travelled by bus to La Escuela Elemental Acahualinca, which is a public school for elementrary-aged kids in an extremly lower class area of Managua. We didn’t really know what to expect, but we came in with our work gloves and positive attitudes. We were all assigned to do different jobs around the school, and I chose to work in the garden because we hadn’t really had hands-on jobs to do here yet. Other people were assigned to draw posters and cut out letters to hang around the classrooms, three of our group served a hot meal in the cafeteria to the various classes, and the rest of our group washed the walls and cleaned the windows of the cafeteria.
I wanted to write the blog today because I think I am figuring out this whole service thing. We have been working with the kids in the classroom and we cleaned up the beach, but I think one of the most important things we have done is having dance parties with each grade. The little kids last week were unabashed and high energy, and they did not need our help to have fun. But the slightly more awkward seventh graders were a different story. There were only ten of them, and they were all prepubescent and uncomfortable. But as we started pulling kids out of their seats and they began having fun, it did not matter anymore that we were dancing awkwardly with a bunch of seventh graders. They were having a good time, and it did not matter what we were feeling. I think this is service in its purest form, just going out of your way and giving something of yourself to somenone else. Continue reading
Saturday: To those who are concerned, we want you to know that we’re happy. Yesterday we went to San Jorge at 7:00 a.m. to clean the beach. The overall experience was very frustrating because we felt like we didn’t clean enough of the beach. I think this is true but it also speaks to how much GS students want to help. Anyways, the rest of the day was amazing with visiting the volcanos and viewing the lakes. After having a photo shoot with the Nicas, we went shopping in a market to complete our gift-getting for the trip. To finish the day off, we had a fiesta with the eleventh grade Nicaraguan students on the bus ride back to our houses.
Yesterday was such an action packed day that we got home too late to post any news. It was the Dia Loco, Crazy Day, to finalize the week long festivities in honor of the 24th anniversary of La Nicaraguita. You will see in the pictures that there were more field day activities, this time with the older students, followed by a dance with the 9th and 10th grade classes.
Today we got up bright and early for an all-day outing to the shore of Lake Nicaragua, San Jorge beach. Our service there was to pick up trash. Afterwards we visited the volcanic lagoon, la Laguna del Apoyo, in Catarina. We had a chance to do some more shopping and sight seeing before hopping back on the bus.
Now to enjoy a yummy dinner!
Molly and Hamilton
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by Emily ’15
This morning we had breakfast at Rafaela’s house–gallo pinto, plantains, papaya, y pan. Then some of the Nicas came to pick us up to go to school. Throughout the morning we watched the younger kids compete in various field-day-esque activities. There was a tug-of-war, a relay race, and a ball pass. At the end, we all got to compete in a relay race against the Nicas. We were all surprised by how fast they were! Roberto, the dance and physical activities teacher, determined it was a tie, but I think we definitely won. Continue reading
An update from Hamilton and Molly.
First, we have to say how impressed we are with the students on the trip. They have taken to their work in the school with gusto, they are eating the food, enjoying each other’s presence, and making friends with their counterparts at La Nicaraguita. As we type this, we can hear their happy laughter through the window. Continue reading
by Sam ’16
I started my day in the best way possible : with nineteen five-and six-year-olds, my first graders, crowding me in a group hug. The best part of it all is that they were dressed up in Halloween costumes for the school’s twenty-fourth anniversary. We had a little parade outside with songs and dances while we sat with our kids and died of their cuteness. The time with these kids always leaves us with tons of stories that we share endlessly with each other over lunch.
Our second day of being with the secondary school kids went a lot better. We’re becoming more courageous talking with them even if their timidness renders them speechless. On the way back to Rafaela’s home with the group, I was accompanied by a thirteen-year-old student and the conversation just felt easy. It’s sometimes rough to realize that these kids are cooler than most of us and yet they’re four years younger.Wow, what a day!