20th Anniversary Service Trip

Tentative Itinerary

Day 1

Group arrives. Debriefing/Orientation Meeting

Day 2   

Morning: Managua Tour (Revolutionary Plaza, National Museum, Nica history)

Option:  Meeting with organization about deforestation, Nicaragua inter oceanic canal plans, climate change

Afternoon: Welcome and visit to Women in Action (WIA) project (learn about WIA’s programs, participate in fun, ice breaking games.

Evening: Celebration with music and dancing

Day 3

Morning: Work projects (WIA home repair/light construction at ABC School)

Options: English/Spanish lessons w/WIA, gourd art and crocheted bags workshop

Afternoon: WIA Shadowing (each trip participant will spend rest of day with a WIA member–prepare food, washing clothes, etc)

Evening: Meeting and music with Paul Baker, ex-monk turned environmentalist

Day 4    

Morning: Work projects continued

Other options: Visit local health clinic and public school

Going away gathering with WIA

Afternoon:  Leave Managua for Masaya Market (Nicaragua arts and crafts, souvenirs   

Excursion options: 1) Masaya Volcano (drive to top of volcano, crater overlook, 2) Laguna de Apoyo (crystal, clear volcanic lake—swimming!), 3) Mombacho Volcano (ride to top of volcano and hike the cloud rainforest), 4) Granada (Spanish colonial city, boat ride around islands)

Evening:  Arrive in La Paz

Day 5

Morning: Visit to organic farm/meeting with youth environmental group. 

Work projects: (bio-gas system installation, reforestation work, gray water systems)

Lunch w/potter, Herman Alguere (visit Herman’s gardens and art gallery, short nature hike in search of howler monkeys.

Afternoon: Work projects continued (options 1-4 above). 

Other options: 1) Guided nature hike in La Paz,  2) Trip to Jinotepe (capital of Carazo, 3) Visit to herbalist and wine maker, 4) Visit Makina waterfall (swimming!)

Evening: Pizza party with host families

Day 6 

Morning:  Work projects continued            

Afternoon:  Work projects continued

Day 7   

All Day: Trip to Pacific Ocean                    

Evening: Going away celebration

Day 8 

Leave for U.S.