15890
Nicaragua
Lend a Hand with your Family in Nicaragua
The whole family comes together to share a special opportunity to reforest a local village, while learning about the diverse ecosystems and wildlife you are helping to preserve.
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Program No. 15890RJ
Length
10 days
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10 days
9 nights
26 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
Managua
D
Hotel Lomas del Valle

Dinner: At the hotel, family style shared meal; included beverages lemonade, milk, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
2
Orientation, To El Sauce, Leòn, Museum of Legends, Check In
El Sauce
B,L,D
Hotel Wendy

Activity note: Getting on/off air-conditioned van. The drive to El Sauce is about 94 miles, approximately 3.5 hours with stops.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room we will have a family-style shared breakfast with choices such as eggs, pancakes, beans, rice, cheese, toast, milk, 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. This is a Road Scholar Intergenerational program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren during the program. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Children are never to be left unsupervised. This is also a Road Scholar Service Learning program. Service Learning programs are short-term experiences that engage participants in volunteer projects to benefit the common good. These projects utilize the skills and energy of participants to meet demonstrated needs of the local and/or broader community. In addition to a significant amount of time in the specified Service Learning project and activities, participants will learn about relevant aspects of local history, culture, nature, etc., within the available time and as appropriate to the themes and settings. Deforestation and poor farming practices have compromised the health of local watersheds. Working with local villagers, we will help to plant nurseries and transplant seedlings to places where trees will grow. Activities will include clearing brush areas for planting, planting seedlings, and fencing the area. 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. We will check out of the hotel and begin our transfer to El Sauce.

Lunch: In a local Leòn restaurant, we will order plated meals from the menu; lemonade, milk, coffee, tea, water included, other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Continuing our ride, we will arrive in El Sauce and check in to our hotel then have an opportunity to walk in the town with our Group Leader.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room, we’ll have a buffet dinner with milk, juice, coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Time to share stories.

DAY
3
Travel to Village, Meet Villagers, Project Introduction
El Sauce
B,L,D
Hotel Wendy

Activity note: Transportation to/from project site via 4-wheel drive pick-up with benches; stepping up/down on a step-stool. Driving about 15 miles, approximately 1/2 hour. Walking up to 1/4 mile and standing during project work; inclines, uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will climb aboard our pick-up truck and ride to the village, meet villagers, and get acquainted. We’ll also learn more about the reforestation project from staff members as we get organized and are introduced to our assigned tasks such as clearing a space for the nursery, laying down plastic weed barrier, and begin mixing soil with compost. We will then work alongside local residents who are dedicated to improving their environment.

Lunch: In the village, we will share a meal prepared by the villagers.

Afternoon: Returning to the hotel, we’ll have time to freshen up, relax, and perhaps play a game before dinner.

Dinner: Hotel dining room buffet.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
School Visit, Baseball Practice, Service Project
El Sauce
B,L,D
Hotel Wendy

Activity note: Transportation to/from project site via 4-wheel drive pick-up with benches; stepping up/down on a step-stool. Driving about 15 miles, approximately 1/2 hour. Walking up to 1/4 mile and standing during project work; inclines, uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: With our Group Leader, we will visit a village school and experience a typical class in rural Nicaragua. We will meet students and teachers, and share stories, songs, and games in Spanish and English. Next, we will walk 1/4 mile to lunch.

Lunch: In the community.

Afternoon: We will return to the school and join village children in helping to beautify the school grounds with painting and crafting recycled materials to make planters and trash receptacles.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: At leisure. We’ll watch a neighborhood soccer game in front of our hotel with an opportunity to join in.

DAY
5
Service Learning Project Work Continues
El Sauce
B,L,D
Hotel Wendy

Activity note: Transportation to/from project site via 4-wheel drive pick-up with benches; stepping up/down on a step-stool. Driving about 15 miles, approximately 1/2 hour. Walking up to 1/4 mile and standing during project work; inclines, uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: At the project site, we will continue working alongside local people in activities such as setting pots, filling them with soil, planting seeds, watering.

Lunch: In the village.

Afternoon: With a local expert, we will learn to make tortillas. During the remainder of the afternoon, we will engage in bilingual games played in Spanish and English.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: In the hotel, a local flamenco-style folk dance group will perform for us.

DAY
6
Finish Project Work, Piñata Party, Farewell to Villagers
El Sauce
B,L,D
Hotel Wendy

Activity note: Transportation to/from project site via 4-wheel drive pick-up with benches; stepping up/down on a step-stool. Driving about 15 miles, approximately 1/2 hour. Walking up to 1/4 mile and standing during project work; inclines, uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will wrap up our work on the project.

Lunch: In the community.

Afternoon: We’ll join in a piñata party and say farewell to our new village friends, then return to the hotel with some time to freshen up and relax.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: We’ll enjoy a performance of folk songs by a local musical group, followed by dancing. Then prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
7
Transfer to Granada, Boat Ride through Las Isletas
Granada
B,L,D
Hotel Granada

Activity note: Getting on/off air-conditioned van. The drive to Granada is about 100 miles, approximately 3 hours.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we will board our van and begin our ride to Granada.

Lunch: At a restaurant en route.

Afternoon: Upon arrival in Granada, we will set out for a boat ride on Lake Nicaragua through Las Isletas. There are more than 300 of these small islands, formed some 20,000 years ago by a colossal volcanic eruption. In addition to a fishing community, there are pristine places where nature thrives with abundant birds and monkeys along with the occasional vacation home of the well-to-do. We’ll then ride to Laguna de Apoyo and check in to our hotel to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a plated and served meal with milk, lemonade, coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. You might like to swim in the hotel pools, listen for owls and howler monkeys, or just relax.

DAY
8
Volcán Mombacho, Zip Line, Nature Hike, Laguna de Apoyo
Laguna de Apoyo
B,L,D
Apoyo Resort

Activity note: Getting on/off an A/C van. The drive to Mombacho is about 35 miles (56 km), approximately 1 hour. Volcano elevation is 4,400 feet. Hiking 1/2 mile, approximately 4 hours; groomed trails, uneven in places.

Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs, pancakes, beans and rice, plantains, fruit, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Morning: We will board our van for a field trip to Volcano Mombacho. With members of the zipline crew, we’ll zoom through the canopy via ziplines attached to our harnesses. We’ll also hike around the top of the volcano with a local expert in search of the rare red-eyed frog. We will then learn more in the visitor's center exhibit area.

Lunch: At a local eatery.

Afternoon: Next, we will begin our ride to Laguna de Apoyo and return to our hotel. After some time to freshen up and relax, we’ll go kayaking in the crater lake.

Dinner: At a lakeside restaurant.

Evening: We’ll go on a night hike with a local expert to look for native bats and owls.

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

Activity note: Getting in/out of A/C van. Hiking up to 1 mile; incline up to volcano viewpoint, uneven surfaces.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will set out on a lakeside hiking field trip led by a local expert to immerse ourselves in nature and be on the lookout for butterflies, iguanas, monkeys, and more!

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

Afternoon: Next, we’ll set out with our Group Leader on a field trip to Parque Nacional Volcán de Masaya — Masaya Volcano National Park. An exhibition at the Visitors Center provides a good overview of area volcanoes and the legends tied to them. The volcano itself is dramatically bubbling about 900 feet below the viewing area. Those who choose not to climb can relax and enjoy the resort amenities. We’ll then return to the hotel with some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a plated and served meal with milk, lemonade, coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
10
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: At the hotel depending on departure times.

Morning: Transfers to the airport. This concludes our program. 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. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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