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DAY 1: LAGUNA DE APOYO ARRIVAL

We fly into the capital city of Managua, which the indigenous Nahuatl people called Mana-ahuac, the “city surrounded by water.” A private bus transports the group to Laguna del Apoyo, our lake-side ‘base’ hotel for the upcoming week and initial education and orientation activities.

DAYS 2-5: MANAGUA PROJECTS

The next morning we meet the folks of an incredible local organization, Witness for Peace, for a informative tour of historic and modern-day Managua and discussions with local women about the issues facing Nicaraguans today. On Days 3 through 5, we participate in a variety of service projects with local non-profit groups. One program connects upper class teens exhibiting leadership skills with disadvantaged, elementary-level girls in a mentorship relationship. Another action-oriented program, provides female artisans with tools to strengthen their small businesses and provide for their families. Each evening, we return to the lake-side base for an optional swim or kayak in the lagoon, a delicious dinner, and evening reflection activities.

DAY 6: GRANADA TOUR AND UPNICARAGUA PROJECT

We transfer to the beautiful city of Granada where we settle into a locally-owned hotel. We’ll explore the cobblestone streets, plazas, churches and other highlights. Part of our time here we will be engaged with UPNicaragua- a grassroots effort to economically & emotionally empower Nicaraguan girls. We participate in a workshop with some of the girls and get to meet the inspiring people behind UPNicaragua.

DAYS 7-8: VOLCAN MASAYA NATIONAL PARK

Visit Nicaragua’s first and largest National Park to visit Volcán Masaya for an incredibly scenic trek and a greater understanding of the areas geological and indigenous significance. That night we return to our hotel
closer to the airport for a final celebratory dinner and reflection. With new confidence, knowledge, and open hearts, we prepare for our trip to come to an end. On Day 8, the group departs on a flight home to share this amazing experience and continue the collaborations we established with our new Nicaraguan friends and partners.