March 17th, 2018

The final day…

Our final day in Nicaragua was certainly an eventful one. We woke up later than normal (a whopping 30 minutes later!!!) After breakfast we piled into the van and headed out to the Masaya Volcano, Nicaragua’s very first national park. The volcano is active but luckily nobody from our group fell in. We were told that if the wind changed direction while we were up on the volcanic rim then we would have had to book it back to the bus given the danger of the sulfuric acid smoke, but the winds were in our favor. While we were there, […]

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March 16th, 2018

Adios a Nueva Vida

We started today with a challenge. We were divided into four teams and sent into the mercado with only 200 cordobas (around $6) to our name, and ordered to buy food for a family of six in Nueva Vida for one week. We needed around ten lbs of rice, six lbs of beans, three bags of corn meal, a liter of oil, five pounds of sugar, five pounds of salt, and enough fruit for juice for the week. We quickly realized that we has been sent out on MISSION IMPOSSIBLE. The vendors laughed at the fact that we wanted to […]

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March 15th, 2018

Soaking up the Sun

Today, we started off our day with a guest speaker who fought in the Sandinista Revolution.  He gave us a brief overview of Nicaraguan history and explained his perspective on Nicaraguan politics. Unlike Tuesday’s speaker who is supportive of the Ortega, today’s speaker expressed many concerns about the policies of Ortega. Hearing these two different perspectives has allowed to think more critically about the political climate of Nicaragua. After the guest speaker, we headed off to the Nueva Vida Medical Clinic to continue our work. We laid concrete for two rooms in the new building and continued painting in one […]

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March 15th, 2018

It’s A Brew-tiful Day!

We took a break from working at the clinic today to visit the coffee co-op that JHC works with in El Porvenir. JHC has been working with the coffee farmers for over a decade to support fair trade and assist in obtaining an organic farming certification. The Brigade left CEPS around 8:00am to start our day. The drive, which included a bus as well as a tractor, took about two hours in all. In order to get to the very top of the mountain, we all piled in the town taxi, essentially a tractor which is used by the locals. […]

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March 13th, 2018

A Day Working at the Clinic

Today was a nice breezy day but it was still in the low 90s. It is the middle of the Nicaraguan summer after all. Our group split up into different work areas again today. Some worked at the pharmacy filling prescriptions, others painted walls inside the clinic, others cleaned leaves off the roof, and again people were working to finish laying concrete for the floors of the new clinic building. People did these shifts in the morning from 8:45 to 11:30 and then in the afternoon from 2 to 4:40. Most people rotated shifts to try different tasks through out […]

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March 12th, 2018

Getting To Work!

Buenos Dias Familias y Amigos, Our day started with us all waking up after a much needed good nights sleep. It was VERY HOT as usual, but we are starting to get used to the weather and enjoying a break from the cold. For breakfast, we enjoyed beans, eggs, fruit, and fresh bread. Once we were energized and ready to start our day, Becca from the JHC came to talk to us about what their organization does. It was interesting to learn about how JHC got its roots in Nicaragua, and how much Bucknell contributed to the process. We now […]

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March 11th, 2018

Managua tour day!

¡Hola todos! Today we had a very educational day touring Managua and Ciudad Sandino. We started at CEPS with a delicious breakfast of rice and beans, fried plantains, fresh fruit, and coffee. Then, we all piled into the van to start our adventure. Our tour guide, Becca, is from JHC, and she gave us a very comprehensive experience with Nicaraguan history and culture. We visited the Lead Hill, which is the home to the Memorial of Heroes and Martyrs. While we enjoyed the view, we were sure to keep in mind the past use of the land as a dumping […]

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March 10th, 2018

Arrived Safely!

To all family, friends, past Brigadistas and loved ones, Our day began at 3:45am when our bus left Bucknell and we arrived in D.C. at Dulles Airport shortly before 7am. Our flights to San Salvador and Managua were easy and quick and we happily arrived at 3:45pm. We’re enjoying the hot weather and had a wonderful dinner of rice, vegetables, chicken, and French fries. We looked at the stars and the sky before going to bed and we’re all very excited about touring Managua tomorrow! Nica love, Student co-leaders- Cali and Abigail

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January 14th, 2018

Last Day in Nicaragua

Today was our tourism day! We commenced the day with a later start, eating breakfast at 7:45 instead of 7:15. Breakfast consisted of rice and beans (like always), eggs, and bread. Our first stop was the Masaya volcano (live volcano park). It was an amazing experience, as we were able to get relatively close to the crater of the volcano and see lava. The group took many photos before heading to the volcano’s museum to learn more about the history behind the volcano. We then drove to San Juan de Oriente, where we arrived at the home of Pedro Guerrero. […]

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January 12th, 2018

Last Day of Work

After eating a hearty breakfast consisting of rice, beans, mild sauce (cut tomato, onion, and cilantro), bread, and plantain chips, we sat down to hear from Cirilo Otero. Cirilo is a Nicaraguan economist who enlightened us on a number of key issues. Firstly, Nicaragua’s current economic model is based on two things: agriculture and livestock (primarily beef). Moreover, this situation developed 500 years ago when the Spanish came to Nicaragua. Nicaragua exports 33 items to the international market, but only 6 are important (these make up the most labour, and sell the most): coffee, sugar, minerals, bananas, tourism, and meat. […]

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