May 24th, 2016

Day 1 in Nicaragua!

After a long day of travelling, we’ve finally arrived! JHC has accepted us with warm arms as they fill our stomachs with amazing Nicaraguan food such as home-made guacamole, rice and beans, and fresh fruit. Their kindness and hospitality has been nothing short of perfect. Today we got a tour of the JHC grounds and the dorms. We met Becca who gave us a brief history of Nueva Vida and ur of the Nueva Vida garbage dump, which was filled with large piles of trash. It was eye opening to see how people were still working trying to find recyclables […]

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March 19th, 2016

From El Porvenir to the market: Our last 4 days

As Paul mentioned, we were at El Porvenir Wednesday night. We went on a tour to see the different crops that are grown there. The tour ended with a beautiful view overlooking volcanoes, fields, and mountains of Nicaragua. That night we had the chance to talk with the President of the community, Rene. He spoke about the history of the coffee co-op and its partnership with JHC. Through his talk and our interactions with people there, it was clear that this is a very close and supportive community. This translates to the coffee co-op (which produces coffee that Bucknell buys) and […]

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March 18th, 2016

Back from El Porvenir

Sorry about the delay – Internet was down. Just a quick note to let you know that we had a spectacular time in Leon – visiting the Cathedral and other things – and then up to the coffee cooperative at El Porvenir. We spent the night, saw countless stars and enjoyed the sunrise. Now we’re back to the last work day on the 3rd clinic building. More later from students. Everyone sends hugs and love to family and friends, Paul

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March 18th, 2016

Back from El Porvenir

Sorry about the delay – Internet was down. Just a quick message now — we had a stupendous visit to Leon and its Cathedral and then up to the El Porvenir coffee cooperative where we spent the night. Students will write more later, but for now, everybody’s back in one piece and it’s the final work day on the 3rd clinic building. Tomorrow we’re off to a touristy day. Everyone sends hugs and love to family and friends, Paul

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March 15th, 2016

Whistle While We Work

Today was our second day working at the clinic in Nueva Vida. We started the morning off with a discussion of contemporary Nicaraguan culture and history led by mark Lester. After that, we got back to work. Once again, we were all engaged in a variety of tasks. A few Brigadistas were responsible for organizing the 27,000 open files at the clinic. Other students were in the pharmacy helping to dispense prescriptions. Dr. Steve was busy seeing patients all day along with a student shadow and translator. The rest of the Brigadistas were hard at work with the construction of the third […]

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March 14th, 2016

Working hard…or hardly working??

Definitely working hard. Today was the first work day at Nueva Vida clinic! We got a tour of the facility which consisted of a dental office, pharmacy, laboratory, OBGYN, and other facilities. It was nice to see the efforts of past Brigadistas were not in vain . Christine worked with Lucas, a local construction worker with the JHC, constructing scaffolding for cement pillars that will support a new addition to the clinic.  They were lucky to spend the whole day working in the shade. They worked hard even though Lucas poked fun at their questionable construction skills! To mom and dad, I […]

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March 13th, 2016

Hi everybody! Today was our first official day in Nicaragua. We started off with a tour of Ciudad Sandino, which is the city where the community of  Nueva Vida is located.  After a stop at a local market and the national palace, we all enjoyed a delicious El Salvadorian meal of pupusas, orchata (which strangely tastes like juicy fruit and chocolate milk), and hibiscus tea.  We made some quick stops at the new cathedral, Somoza’s old palace, and the Managua lakeshore.  To finish the day off, we grabbed some snacks and toured a cultural center that holds art classes for the local […]

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March 12th, 2016

We made it to Nica!!!

Hola familias y amigos! After a long day of traveling we are very happy to say we made it to Jubilee House Community in Ciudad Sandino, just outside of the capital city Managua. We started our day off early with a 3 am departure from campus as we waved goodbye to Bucknell and headed to Dulles airport in DC. The second leg of our journey brought us to Panama City, and we enjoyed a surprise lay over in Costa Rica! We touched down in Nicaragua just as the sun was setting and we got our first taste of warm weather, palm trees, and […]

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