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El Séptimo Día/ Primera Parte


by Eva Coleman ’19

Today was like every other day; I woke up at 6:00am and then showered to prepare for the long day awaiting. Then my host sister Scarleth braided my hair and we left the house to go to breakfast. We got to the house very early around 6:45 which left me plenty of time to talk with my friends. We eat breakfast at 7:20 which was rice and beans, with pancakes and juice. Then we got time to relax before we left for the Nicaraguita school. Everyday 10 minutes before we go to the school the 3rd grade or 4th grade walk us to the school.

Once we got to the school we went right into our classrooms and began working with the kids. I am in 5th grade here so all of the students in my class are around 8,9,10. We started class with a little bit of math but then 15 minutes in all the classes went outside to play games. It was similar to a field day where all the grades compete against each other. We played a lot of games that were similar to relay races. It was fun to see the kids having fun and enjoying themselves, and the students from George School also got to participate which was fun.

After this we went back to class and I had science class with my students. Then we had recess where the kids get to run around and eat lunch. I usually spend recess with the girls and we play games as well as talk. A lot of the kids want to know more english and ask me how to say certain words in english. After this we went back to class for 30 minutes and then went to dance class. Today dance class was really short and we got to dance with the 4th graders. Then we walked back to Rafaela’s house for lunch.

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El Sexto Dia

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by Brandon Stolz ’19

Today began as usual for me; I wake up, take a nice cold shower, and get ready for the hot day. Today Eva and her host parent walked passed my house and asked if I wanted to walk with them to Rafaela’s house. I accepted and we walked the short trip.

At the house we ate breakfast discussing what we were going to do today. Sole talked about how we were going to the Orphanage in the morning called Hogar Belen. We were all excited to go when we filed into the bus with other kids from the Nicaraguan school. It was a long bus ride because all of the traffic so it took us about 40 minutes to get to Hogar Belen.

When we finally arrived at the orphanage the sun was very hot as usual and we were told to leave our bags in a room. When entering we soon learned that the children in the orphanage were handicapped. We spent the entire morning carrying, playing, and coloring with the children. During our visit we performed our dance that we did at the school, the cotton eyed Joe. We then did the macarena with the students of the Nicaraguan school and many of the kids were enjoying the dancing.

After dancing with the orphans we left and went back to the school where we had our dance lesson. We all managed to learn a little bit more of our dance by the end of our class. We then went back to Rafaela’s house for lunch and a much needed break.

We were all all relaxing after lunch when more kids from the school showed up at the gate of Rafaela’s house signaling our time to leave and go back to the school. At the school Malory and I went to our 10th grade class where we were discussing about sexuality. After this class we had gym where we played soccer in the street. We played soccer for a while until the final class.

During the final class, the school had a little party for us. They served us chicken tacos that were so good. After eating there was a little dancing.

The party soon ended and we went back to Rafael’s house and ate even more, we had hamburgers and fries. When I went back to my host family’s house I played soccer with them and ate dinner again with my family.

Jordan then came by my house and asked to play soccer with some other kids. We then all played soccer in front of my host family’s house for a few hours until we were tired. I then went to my room and went to sleep.

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El Quinto Dia

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by Danny McKay-Simons ’19

Today I awoke already excited for another day the school. After getting ready my host mother walked me to Rafaela’s house for breakfast, originally i thought it was going to be difficult to talk to my host family but because my  host mother is a teacher in my 4th grade class it was very easy to talk about the kids in my class and everyone is very nice and understanding when i make mistakes talking in their language.

At Rafaela’s house we had another amazing breakfast while we discussed the kids in our respective classes. Afterwards, the kids came and walked us to the school again and /i went to my 4th grade class. It made me so happy to see the faces on my 4th graders light up when I walked into the classroom. During the class i helped by correcting homework although i was surprised during English because the teacher was teaching a sentence with incorrect grammar and i was not sure if i was supposed to correct her or not so i stayed silent.

To finish off the morning we had our second dance class, and i was not looking forward to it originally because my feet had been hurting a lot by the end of our last lesson but this time i found that the dancing was not as hard and i was able to enjoy myself even more. After the dance lesson we went back to Rafaela’s house for lunch and i was able to take a nap which was good because i had been up late the night before talking to my host brother. It is a great relationship because he wants to learn english so he talks to me in english and i help him when he makes mistakes and i speak to him in spanish and he helps me with my mistakes.

In the afternoon we went back to the school and i went to 9th grade with Bea and Sidney. The classes are always interesting because while they are learning a lot, the classes are also very relaxed and as long as the work is completed the teachers do not care very much if we talk to each other or at times play games. We then left classes early because the 7th and 8th grade classes threw us a party. I was very appreciative for the food and drinks that they provided because they gathered the money from their own pockets and they just wanted us to have a good time. It was very entertaining to dance and talk with the other kids and after we left the school I couldn’t wait to be back.

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El Cuarto Dia

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by Robby Fishman’19

Once again, I woke up to the sounds of all the roosters and dogs greeting us in the morning. During the first couple days, to be honest, I didn’t like it one bit, however I have started to get use to it, and even look forward to it, since it is something I never experience back at home in Yardley.

After my host brother walked me to Rafaela’s house, we had another amazing breakfast, which is one of the many things I will miss when we return to the USA. After breakfast, we talked about what we were going to do throughout the day, and we practiced our dance routine, which we had to perform not once, but twice. At 7:00 sharp, a group of first graders from La Nicaraguita came to escort us to the school. Hand in hand, we walked to the school, and I got to know the kids I was walking with. One was very outgoing, however, the other one seemed a little bit more introverted and shy similar to me.

At La Nicaraguita, we were greeted with what I could swear was the loudest round of applause I have ever heard in my entire life, despite there only being around 100-125 people. The students of the school put on an introductory ceremony for us, and we all got to go up and introduce ourselves to the younger students and their teachers. We finally got to perform the dance we were working on, and it was met with positive reception. Immediately after, we all went to our classrooms. I was with the youngest group of kids, which were the preschoolers that were about 4 years old. With having experience working with kids for almost 4 years working as an assistant teachers and an instructor at The Little Gym of Langhorne back in the USA, I thought I had seen all there was to see. Boy, was I mistaken, Immediately, all the children greeted me with hugs, accompanied by various “Hola! Como te llamas?” (Hello, what’s your name?). Although I had a hard time understanding all the children since all of them were introducing themselves at once, I enjoyed the affection and playfulness. Throughout the first half of the day up until around 11:00, we all helped the kids with different tasks. Since I was in the preschool, I helped them brush their teeth, and learn how to write several numbers, including a new one for them, the number 4.

After this, we went to have a delicious lunch at Rafaela’s house once again. After lunch, everyone was exhausted! Most wrote entries in their journals and slept for around an hour, however I solved a couple rounds of Soduko, one of my favorite games to play on the go. Around an hour later, a group of older kids from La Nicaraguita came to escort us back to the school, where we sat in on their classes. I was with an eighth grade class, and although I did have a hard time understanding what exactly the lesson was about, I got the general gist of it and was able to help the teachers write on the whiteboard. After classes, we went to another opening ceremony with more wonderful poems and dances, and we got to perform our dance once again. We walked back to Rafaela’s house, had a nice dinner, and then waited for our host families to walk us home. I talked for a little bit, however around an hour after I got home, I was exhausted and ready to go to bed and have another amazing day tomorrow!

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El Tercer Día


by Mallory Fritsch ’19

Today began the trend of waking up for breakfast at 7:00; however, I still slept in an extra half an hour and missed my shower at 6:00.  Everyone in my family was still in bed as I got dressed, packed my bag, and got ready for an exciting day ahead of me.

Breakfast at Rafaela’s house proved to be just as great as ever, starting this exciting day with a bang.  We left Rafaela’s around 8:30 and set of with the students from Nicaraguita for the city of Granada. I won’t lie, waking up around 6:00 proved to be challenging and I slept the entire ride there, leaning on Sidney (sorry Sid) occasionally being woken up by a bump or loud talking.

At 9:30 we reached “El Puerto de Granada”.  The music was loud, and there weren’t a lot of people, so our group sat around playing with the hackey-sack, buying fruity drinks, and waiting for our next steps to on our adventure.

These next steps were walking down the end of the pier to board a large boat that would take us on a tour of the the “Isletas de Granada”.  We were only an hour early… But this wasn’t a problem because we all played cards and conversed about the views and exciting day ahead.

The boat trip was one to remember.  There was music playing over the speakers, and the Nicaraguan students stood up and got us all to dance, maybe not that well, but dance nonetheless.  There was also the excitement surrounding the piñata. Little kids and Hadley all danced and took their best swings until the explosion of candy flew all over the top tier of the boat.

Within no time, we reached the “Isleta de San Pablo”.  We ate a picnic lunch of rice and fruit juice before we went exploring the small island.  The group took a lot of pictures all over, exploring and feeling the heat. Luckily, not long after, we all dove into Lake Nicaragua and swam the rest of the day away.  The Nicaraguan students joined us too, standing in the shallow end with us as we tried to teach them to swim.

The time passed fast and we all got out the water to dry off while waiting for the boat to arrive.  As a group the GS and Nicaraguan students all played cards, Uno, and learned new steps from Jordan.

When the boat arrived, we all rushed to go get seats and relaxed the ride back, watching the younger kids participate in dancing competitions and sing along to the music blasting over the speakers.

The ride back to Rafaela’s I was actually awake and able to see the bright colors of Granada. A small group in the back also had the chance to expand our Spanish, gossiping with the students.  

Overall the day was very expansive.  I think I speak for many of us when I say that my Spanish has expanded a lot over the last few days.  I am still very nervous to speak and trying to find the right words to speak, but everyone here has been very patient, helping me learn and expand my vocabulary.  The trip can only get better from here… and I can’t wait.

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El Segundo Día


by Bea Feichtenbiner ’19

The group and I all had to be at Rafaela’s house by 8:00 for breakfast, but my alarm had not switched time zones so I was ready to go at 7:00. I sat in the main area of my house with my host sister, Génesis, and the dog, Scotti. The language barrier has been very difficult for me, but we were able to connect a little bit while sitting with the dog. After struggling to understand her for forty minutes, it was time to go and we headed off to Rafaela’s house.

At Rafaela’s house, which is our home base for the trip, we ate breakfast (we eat all of our meals there). Then we waited around for Brandon for a little while because he was taking his SAT, but then we realized that he wouldn’t be done for hours so we left without him. We did some touristy things so that we could see more of the city. We saw a new stadium for baseball and an Olympic swimming pool, where we watched kids swim for about an hour. Then we headed back to Rafaela’s for lunch.

As we were getting food, Brandon walked in from his test. The group was complete. After lunch, we got back in the little van and drove to a park (Parque Luis Alfonso Velásquez). At the park, I watched two Nicaraguans and three George School students playing soccer. At one point, Danny fell and had to come out of the game, so I went in to replace him. It was so hot and bright that I wanted a break after ten minutes. The game was fun, but we definitely lost by a lot. Then we left and went to the Puerto Salvador Allende, which is the Lake Managua port (Lago Xolotlán, segundo lago más grande de Nicaragua), where there were a lot of model buildings of important places of the country. It was very interesting to look at and we had a lot of fun talking with the Nicaraguan students.

By that time, the afternoon was over and we went back to Rafaela’s for dinner of rice and beans (gallo pinto). We separated from the Nicaraguan students and started to practice our talent for the Nicaraguan students. We had a hard time picking what to do, but spoiler alert, we are doing the Cotton Eyed Joe. Then we all ate and went back home to our respective families.

Being here is really hard because speaking Spanish all the time is very difficult but we’re making do. We often need to repeat things and we have all masted “no sé”, which is “I don’t know”. The Nicaraguan students know we don’t understand a lot and are working with us so that we can communicate. This is shaping up to be a slightly terrifying, but rewarding trip.

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First Day in Nicaragua

James Rolle

The trip down to Managua went pretty much as smoothly as it could have. We got to the airport hotel and checked in by 9:00-9:30 p.m., then up the next morning at 4:30 a.m. to catch the 5:00 a.m. shuttle to the airport. Fortunately, they checked us in as a group. We got to the gate with plenty of time and everyone headed off to get some breakfast. The flight to Miami was uneventful, and we had just enough time to grab some lunch. The flight from Miami to Managua was equally uneventful. It took us some time to get through immigration and customs, but not because there were any problems, just the nature of traveling with a group of fourteen. A large group of people from La Nicaraguita were waiting for us, and each of us got a flower. The bus ride to school was followed by a meal. There was some conversation between our students and theirs, though it took a while for everyone to warm up. A lively game of grab the bandana followed, which served as a better ice breaker. The host families came to pick us up around 6:00 p.m. We’ll meet again tomorrow morning for breakfast and a city tour.

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El Primer Día

by Sidney Walters ’19

We entered into Managua all very nervous but excited nonetheless. We waited to go through customs and get our bags checked for the final time before officially entering the country. As we left customs we were greeted by at least 20 students with smiling faces and sunflowers for each of us to have. We gave hugs and then soon got on the school bus with all our luggage. Driving in a school bus through parts of Nicaragua was the coolest thing to me. Seeing all the scenery; the trees, the people and the warmth that was around us was invigorating. I soon began to feel right at home. I sat with a girl named Helen, a fifteen year old who spoke both spanish and English but she tried her best to deal with my terrible spanish. We talked about anime, soccer and Nicaragua. As the ride continued I introduced all of the other GS students and then she introduced all of the students from la Nicaraguita. We finally arrived at the school and I could automatically feel again the nervous tension between the GS students and the students from la Nicaraguita. None of us knew each other and just trying not to laugh was hard for both GS students and la Nicaraguita students. During dinner it was even more awkward and more and more laughs came out throughout dinner. We became more accustomed to being around each other and in the end had a wonderful meal shared with a few laughs from both the GS students and the students from la Nicaraguita.

Being in a country without my parents was nerve racking but to break the ice we played a game called “la pañoleta”. You take a bandana and whoever has the number that is called out runs to the middle and tries to get it before the other. The trick is the other team can tag you once you have the bandana in your hand before you can get to the other side. We played about 7 rounds of this and almost every time the students from la Nicaraguita beat GS students no matter what team they were on. It was really cool to see both GS students and la Nicaraguita students get competitive about this game. So far it’s been great! Adiós chicos!– Sol o Sidney Walters

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