12.02.2016 - 23.02.2016 24 °C
Had my first trip with Global Student Embassy over the past 10 days! We had a large, but great group of 24 students, 3 teachers plus 5 trip leaders. Our trip began in Managua with a tour of the old part of the city, with a conversation about Nicaraguan politics, the prevalence of earth quakes and how both affect the Nicaragua of today.
The majority of our trip was spent in the region of Boaco, which is where all of my trips are going to be for the next three months. We worked in school gardens in four different communities doing various activities such as: constructing fences, picking up litter, transplanting tomatoes, double excavating garden beds, mixing manure, and filling bags with soil in order to carry out reforestation projects. All of our days were long and filled with tough work, but there was plenty of time to allow for cultural exchange between the local communities and our students from the US. In the community of San Diego the school displayed a cultural dance and brought out a pinata. Additionally, at the High School in Teustepe we had an afternoon of cultural presentations where both groups sang their national anthem and danced. A group of our students performed a cheer and then we taught each other games.
I feel that my skills in managing larger groups are improving, especially throwing in a few hundred high school students and having everything be in Spanish. I am in this stage currently where I feel as if I cannot speak in either English or Spanish properly, but it has been a great challenge
We finished off the trip by spending a few relaxing days at the beach in Playa Gigante, with a few hour stop-over in the Masaya market to check out various trinkets. The beach was beautiful of course and we were lucky enough to be able to go on a catamaran tour to a nearby beach and swim in the tourquoise blue waters.
Grateful to be able to have this amazing experience. My mom is about to arrive with Ted and I cannot wait to show her this wonderful country!