January 17th, 2016

We’re Back!

Well, we’re almost back. We’ve arrived safely at Dulles and are waiting patiently (?) for our bus that is running late. By the time we get back to Lewisburg it will have been almost 24 hours since we left the dorm at JHC and headed to the Managua airport. Needless to say, we’re all a little tired. Although this brings our blog to a close, we’re all eager to share more of our stories with anyone who wants to hear about the wonderful people of Nicaragua and the amazing work that JHC does. Talk to you soon!

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January 16th, 2016

Our Final Day

Today our endeavors began with traveling to Masaya where we saw an active volcano. While at the volcano, the group had the option to go on a hike to get to the top of the mountain range. The view from this point was incredible, and it can’t be described with words. After visiting the volcano, the group traveled to San Juan de Oriente. In this town, we met a world-class pottery artist named Pedro who walked us through the process of making his art. The next destination was the laguna which is a former volcano crater. We had lunch here […]

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January 15th, 2016

Our Last Clinic Day

Happy Friday from Nicaragua! Today was our last day working at the Nueva Vida clinic. Some of the highlights from our time there include: 1) Completing a major data entry project to support improved access to eyeglasses in the community. We looked through about 1600 records to compile information on prescriptions, and that data will be used by Bucknell researchers to identify the eyewear needs of the community. 2) Getting to know the workers at the clinic as well as the construction site was definitely one of the best parts of the trip. They were so friendly toward all of […]

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January 14th, 2016

did you miss us?

Hola from Nica! The past two days have been a little crazy. We departed early yesterday morning to the sesame plant where Mike gave us a tour of the facilities. We spent the day digging a very large shallow hole to level the ground for a new loading deck. It was sunny, hot, and full of blisters. Italo was our MVP on the sight as usual, but our Nicaraguan bosses did more than all of us combined, also as usual. After leaving the sesame plant we headed to El Porvenir to spend the night. El Polvenir is the coffee cooperative […]

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January 13th, 2016

Brigade going up on a Tuesday

Today, Mike and Molly woke us up (Mike and Molly from the CBS tv show that is) for a delicious breakfast of gallo pinto (rice and beans), eggs, fruit, and sweet bread.  Breakfast was followed by a talk from Mark Lester, an expert on Central American history, on Nicaraguan culture political disputes.  We then left for work where the brigade worked on a variety of projects including data entry, construction of the foundation to the new addition to the clinic, working in the pharmacy, house visits, and shadowing doctors appointments.  We then returned to JHC for lunch and a fun […]

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January 11th, 2016

Working Brigadistas

It was another early morning here in Managua. Today was our first day of work at the CDCA clinic. On our way to the clinic, we drove through the narrow streets of Nueva Vida. Some of us were shocked by the amount of litter in the streets and it made us appreciate our infrastructure in the U.S. We entered the gates of the clinic to see murals on the walls surrounding the facility, which helped show how the culture and heritage has been passed on through the paintings. We proceeded to tour the compound where we would be working for […]

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January 10th, 2016

Hola amigos!

Our first full day in Nicaragua! It was quite an early morning; we woke up at a bright 6:45 AM to the sound of singing birds. Lucky for us, breakfast was traditional and delicious. We packed into the van and set off for our first day full of adventures. It was a very busy day that included sightseeing, Nicaraguan history and spiritual experiences. We embraced the culture and strolled through a traditional market in Managua. This typical setting for lower class Nicaraguan shoppers is a strong contrast to the middle class mall that we walked through later in the day. […]

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January 10th, 2016

¡Bienvenidos a Nicaragua!

After a long day of traveling, we finally made it to Nicaragua, along with all of our luggage and medical donations, phew. We are very excited for our tour of Managua today, so check back in later for a post about our first day! Until then, much love from Nica, Jessie & Fallon

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January 8th, 2016

January 2016 Brigadistas

We just gathered in the chemistry lounge for our pre-departure meeting to go over last minute logistics and enjoy some pizza before our diet of rice and beans begins. We are all very excited to depart for Nicaragua tomorrow! Stay tuned for more blog posts throughout the week. Nica love, Fallon

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