January 14th, 2017

Adventure time with Chris, Leslie, Spencer and Kendra

After a fun night out dancing at the Disco, we woke up ready for a busy day touring the nation´s capital. We boarded the bus after breakfast and set out to see Ciudad Sandino on our way to Managua. This was our Brigade´s first opportunity to see the community where we have been helping out at the clinic. We stopped at the powerful heroes and martyrs statue and learn about its history. Soon after we headed to the National Palace Museum to take a tour of where the Somoza government used to meet, we also got to see the incredible […]

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January 14th, 2017

Day 5 Complete!

Today was an amazing day! It was our last day of working and we accomplished a lot. We finally finished cleaning the windows in the clinic and now they let a lot of light in. It looks brand new! We made a lot of losettas for the new building we’re constructing that we have been working on all week! And we also placed dirt for the floors in the new building. I was very sad that it was our last day at the clinic today, but we have accomplished so much and I am so proud of everyone and so […]

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January 11th, 2017

DIY Losettas

DIY Losettas: With 12 volunteers, and 2 leaders, construct frames by cutting appropriate lengths of steel rod and twisting wire around larger and smaller rods. Set up molds for frames to sit in. Then, use vegetable oil (also used for making the amazing fried chicken we had yesterday) to oil the floor where the frames are so the cement does not stick. Place frames in molds. Then, to create the cement, sift coarse gravel to make dirt. In an electric mixer, combine 2 buckets of water, 3 buckets of small rocks, 4 buckets of sifted dirt, 1 package of cement. Pour cement into […]

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January 10th, 2017

We heard the rooster call early this morning, at about 6:30 am.  The breeze quietly ruffled the leaves as we drudged to prepare for breakfast at 7:15.  Breakfast this morning featured a Nicaraguan specialty, white pineapple, that’s right, its white and difficult to find in the United States.  It has an uncanny resemblance to regular yellow pineapple, but its white, and more dulcet.  After breakfast, we had the pleasure of meeting with a local Nicaraguan Professor Cirilo Otera.  He spoke about the local and national economy, and the role of the government and workforce.  He then took many questions from […]

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January 9th, 2017

Our First Day is Complete!

Hello from Ciudad Sandino! All 25 of us made to the Jubliee House Community safe and sound last night, and we just finished our first work day at the community health clinic. Much of our work this week will involve putting up walls for a brand new clinic building and helping out in the pharmacy. Stay tuned for more detailed posts from our Brigadistas throughout the week! ~Christine PS: To Mom, Dad, and John Michael- I’m so happy to be back here in Nicaragua, but I can’t wait to talk to you again next week! Love you!

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January 4th, 2017

3 Days Till Takeoff

by Dasha Kostyuchek   In approximately 3 days 9 hours and 25 minutes we will be arriving in Managua, Nicaragua; capital and third largest city in Nicaragua, and home to one quarter of the nation’s population. Our journey doesn’t stop there, as we will be making our way to JHC, which will luckily be a much shorter trip compared to our 7 hour flight to Managua. Here we will finally get some much needed rest and will rise and shine bright and early at 7 am the next day, and for the next 8 days. For the past few weeks, as […]

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December 28th, 2016

Cartographic Thoughts Before Traveling to Nicaragua

by Jordan Berger When I was younger, I enjoyed watching the weather channel that showed the local weather every 10 minutes on the “8’s.” I could watch the local weather on loop for 2 hours, despite the fact in would change very little every 10 minutes. But what I was particularly interested in were the maps, the cartography. In preparation for our trip on The Brigade to Nicaragua, I’ve been extensively studying maps of Nicaragua and its capital, Managua. Managua borders the lake Lago Xolotlan, which is over 1000 km^2 in area. The water level of the lake tends to […]

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December 22nd, 2016

Counting Down the Days

by Maren Burling   My first time out of the country was a volunteer experience. I traveled alone, lived with a host family, and spent my days working with children in a small, tucked away kindergarten in Cusco, Peru.  I enjoyed my time so much that the next summer I returned to South America to work at a pediatric hospital in Quito, Ecuador. Since then, I have jumped on any opportunity to volunteer, abroad or domestically. That’s why I have had my eye on the Brigade before I was even a student at Bucknell. Every Bucknellian has heard about the […]

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December 15th, 2016

The January 2017 Brigade Trip is Almost Here!

The January 2017 Brigade is a little more than 3 weeks away from our trip, and we couldn’t be more excited! It’s been a busy semester of learning, fundraising, preparing, and meeting each other, and we happy to say that now we’re ready! Last semester, we attended four mini-curriculum sessions and a day-long retreat to learn about Nicaraguan history and politics and to bond with our Brigade members. It was wonderful to see everyone participate and truly invest themselves in preparation for this incredible experience. We will fly out of Dulles airport on Sunday, January 8 and arrive at the Jubilee […]

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