13939
Nicaragua
Nicaragua: Community Water and Sanitation Project
Be the agent of change and help improve a community in need on a week-long service learning adventure in Nicaragua. Plus, explore idyllic islands, the National Palace and more!
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Program No. 13939RJ
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10 days
9 nights
26 meals
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DAY
1
Arrive Managua, Welcome Dinner
Managua
D
Hotel Lomas del Valle

Activity note: In Transit to Program

Dinner: In the hotel dining room, we’ll have a family-style dinner (bowls of food on the table passed around) plus fruit juice, coffee, tea, water.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead. Prepare for check-out and transfer tomorrow.

DAY
2
Orientation, About Nicaragua, Explore Managua, To El Sauce
El Sauce
B,L,D
Hotel Wendy

Activity note: Getting in/out of a van. The drive to El Sauce is about 85 miles, approximately 3 hours including a comfort stop along the way.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we’ll have a plated and served meal plus fruit juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. In this program, our group will work side by side with members of a rural village to build a washing station to do laundry under the shade of a roof and out of the contaminated river. Each participant will find their own niche and engage in the work they find most comfortable. Travel will be via air-conditioned van unless noted otherwise. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Next, we’ll have a presentation by a college professor on Nicaragua's past, present, and future. We’ll have time after the lecture to check out of the hotel. Luggage will be held for us until we leave Managua. To amplify what we learned in our lecture, we’ll set out with our Group Leader for a field trip to explore Managua, Nicaragua’s capital city. Portions of the historic old city were destroyed by earthquakes, the first in 1931 and the second in 1972. We will see the Casa Presidencial (President's House); the remains of the old Cathedral and the modern new cathedral; the Plaza de la Revolución, formerly Plaza of the Republic; and the Parque de la Paz, the Peace Park.

Lunch: In a local restaurant, we’ll have a plated and served meal with fruit juice, coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We will travel aboard our air-conditioned van to El Sauce and check in to our hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a buffet meal with beverage choices of fruit juice, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Situated in the foothills of the Segovia Mountains, El Sauce was an active railroad junction and trading center until the railroad stopped operating. The local economy is now centered on agriculture, livestock, and bee keeping — milk and honey. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of El Sauce is the wooden figure known as El Señor de Esquipulas housed in the local church.

DAY
3
Meet Project Staff & Community, Begin Service Project
El Sauce
B,L,D
Hotel Wendy

Activity note: The drive to the village work-site is approximately 1/2 hour in the back of a 4-wheel drive pick-up truck with padded benches and a canvas cover; a footstool is provided to assist in getting in/out of the truck. There will be a short walk to the project worksite adjacent to the village well. Temperatures will be between 80-85F.

Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet includes beverage choices of fruit juice, coffee, water.

Morning: After a warm and cheerful welcome from the villagers, we’ll have an overview and instructions about our project. We will then begin working on the water/sanitation project. Today we will be measuring and cutting rebar and light tie-wire. For people in remote locations, fresh water is often a luxury. We will help to make a difference in the lives of a small Nicaraguan village as we assist in projects that will ensure fresh water and sanitation. We will help build a village washing facility. Our efforts will provide clean water and facilities that will help to reduce disease, resulting in healthier families. We’ll have time for a comfort stop and washing hands at the home of the village leader before lunch.

Lunch: At the home of the village leader, we’ll have food carefully prepared under the supervision of staff members.

Afternoon: We will take a field trip to visit other sustainable sanitation projects in in neighboring villages such as a completed wash station, a rope-pump well, a tree nursery, and some new double-pit latrines. These projects are used and carefully maintained by the people of the village in which they reside. We’ll then return to the hotel with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: Hotel buffet. We will eat with local project staff and discuss the on-going project work, life in the Nicaraguan countryside, and other topics of interest.

Evening: At leisure. Rest and relax after a full day.

DAY
4
Project Work with Community, Local Health Center
El Sauce
B,L,D
Hotel Wendy

Activity note: The drive to the village work-site is approximately 1/2 hour in the back of a 4-wheel drive pick-up truck with padded benches and a canvas cover; a footstool is provided to assist in getting in/out of the truck. There will be a short walk to the project worksite adjacent to the village well.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll continue our work on the service learning project, measuring and cutting more rebar and light tie-wire as well as some mixing of concrete. Some members of the group will visit with villagers and read stories to the children.

Lunch: In the community, we’ll have a buffet lunch with fruit juice and water included.

Afternoon: We will take a field trip to the local health clinic where we will meet the primary doctor and learn about Nicaraguan health care.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Project Work, Mayor's Office
El Sauce
B,L,D
Hotel Wendy

Activity note: The drive to the village work-site is approximately 1/2 hour in the back of a 4-wheel drive pick-up truck with padded benches and a canvas cover; a footstool is provided to assist in getting in/out of the truck. There will be a short walk to the project worksite adjacent to the village well.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: The project is beginning to take shape. Our work today will include of mixing of concrete and preparing bricks to build the walls of the structure. These dry, porous bricks need to be soaked before use, so filling water buckets will be among our tasks.

Lunch: Community buffet.

Afternoon: We will visit the Mayor’s office to learn about municipal government’s contribution to our project and the role of mayors in Nicaraguan government. Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the afternoon is free.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: We’ll stroll to the ice cream store, observing the after-dinner soccer match in the street and other evening activities of small-town Nicaraguans.

DAY
6
School Visit, Project Work, Visit Other Projects, Music
El Sauce
B,L,D
Hotel Wendy

Activity note: The drive to the village work-site is approximately 1/2 hour in the back of a 4-wheel drive pick-up truck with padded benches and a canvas cover; a footstool is provided to assist in getting in/out of the truck. There will be a short walk to the project worksite adjacent to the village well.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Before working on the project today, we’ll visit the village primary school taught in the multi-grade style. We expect to meet two teachers and about 35 students. The students will sing songs and share stories about what they are learning. We’ll then then continue working on the community project, mixing concrete and laying bricks for the structure. Working alongside villagers who are now our new friends, our project is nearly complete! Pre-fabricated laundry sinks will be put in place.

Lunch: Community buffet.

Afternoon: We will return to El Sauce for a field trip to see El Señor de Esquipulas—one of the famed Cristos Negros — in this location since 1723.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: We’ll be joined by a local musical group who will perform traditional Nicaraguan songs and dances. Prepare for check-out and transfer tomorrow afternoon.

DAY
7
Project Work, Despedida Party, Transfer to Léon
Leon
B,L,D
Hotel Austria

Activity note: The drive to the village work-site is approximately 1/2 hour in the back of a 4-wheel drive pick-up truck with padded benches and a canvas cover; a footstool is provided to assist in getting in/out of the truck. There will be a short walk to the project worksite adjacent to the village well.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll finish our work on the community project, laying the last bricks for the structure. We’ll then take part in a “despedida” (farewell) piñata party with the community to celebrate the project and new friends in El Sauce. Following the party, we’ll return to the hotel for check-out. Luggage in the pick-up, Road Scholars in the air conditioned van!

Lunch: Community buffet.

Afternoon: Leaving El Sauce, we’ll travel about an hour to Léon, Nicaragua’s second-largest city. Upon arrival, we’ll go on a walking field trip to explore Léon Cathedral and the city center. We’ll then check in to the hotel with some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a buffet dinner including coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. You might like to explore independently to admire the beautiful architecture of the old city. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
8
Transfer to Granada, Crafts Market, Las Isletas by Boat
Granada
B,L,D
Hotel Granada

Activity note: Getting in/out of van several times during the day. The drive to Granada is about 82 miles, approximately 2 hours. Walking on level surface through crafts market. Getting on/off a canopied boat for ride around lake.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will check out of the hotel, hop aboard the van, and ride to the town of Masaya with time to browse through its renowned handicrafts market.

Lunch: At a restaurant in Masaya, we’ll order from the menu; fruit juice, coffee, tea, water included, other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We’ll continue our transfer to Granada and check in to our hotel with some time to freshen up before our next field trip. We’ll set out for a field trip by boat to the Granada Isletas. The result of a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago, there are more than 300 small islands in Lake Nicaragua. Some are home to local fishermen, some have palatial homes, and some of the uninhabited islets offer opportunities to see a broad variety of birds such as herons, osprey, and oropendula, as well as tropical flowers, plants, and even a monkey or two. Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the afternoon is free. You might like to explore Granada on your own or take a dip in the hotel pool.

Dinner: We’ll walk to the dining room of the beautiful and historic Hotel Alhambra — the oldest in Granada — and order from the menu.

Evening: At leisure. We’ll stroll along cobblestone streets on our way back to our hotel.

DAY
9
Historic Granada, Masaya Volcano
Managua
B,L,D
Hotel Lomas del Valle

Activity note: Getting in/out of a van. The drive to Managua is about 30 miles, approximately 1 hour. Leisurely walking.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll take a walking field trip in Granada, including the San Francisco Convent Cultural Center. This museum offers a nice collection of historical objects, paintings, and statues. The museum is located in a colonial house with a beautiful inner courtyard. From there we will visit the Cathedral with its interesting Spanish architecture, and then to the Museum of Chocolate where we will have a presentation by a local expert on how and where chocolate is grown. And a taste!

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a buffet lunch with beverage choices of fruit juice, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll take a field trip to Masaya Volcano National Park and its Visitor Center. From the many displays in the Visitor Center, we’ll learn about the belt of volcanos in Central America and legends that surround them. We’ll then ride to the top of the caldera for a dramatic look at the bubbling lava just below.

Dinner: At a local restaurant serving typical Nicaraguan food, we’ll have our farewell dinner and order from the menu with beverage choices of fruit juice, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: We’ll enjoy entertainment with Nicaraguan folk songs after dinner. Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening is free. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
10
Program Concludes
Managua
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m. See your program’s travel details regarding transfers.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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