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Nicaragua - Voluntary work

Description

Founded in 1989, the Romero center is dedicated to helping the children, women and farmers of Nicaragua.

Its goal is to promote cooperative projects for cultural, social and economic developments of less fortunate people in the Nandaime region.

Some of the projects change the lives of the inhabitants: biological school farm, folkloric dance group, community radio, crafting, natural medicine clinic, bakery, day-care center…

Hammocks and bracelets made on site by the craftsmen are sold in Québec following the fare trade principles.
The objectives

This experience offered by the Romero Center is more than a trip in another country to take pictures or learn Spanish.

This is an opportunity to live in a community, to discover another reality and to develop a direct contact with the residents. The way those people live is really different then ours. The participants will learn a lot about the many cultures differences and it will be the beginning of a new “way of thinking” that leads us on the path to become a responsible person.
1. Homestay

As you saw in the previous itinerary, the participants will spend the first days at the Casa Juvenil in order to familiarize themselves to their new surroundings and have time to adapt.

After some days, the participants are invited to stay in families chosen by the Romero Center. The families are located in the same quarter, a five-minute walk from the center. There is always a member of the family who is working at the Romero center, adult or children. Spirale strongly suggests one participant per family.
2. Activities

-Presentation of Romero center ( mission, history…)

-Courses and conferences about different themes: Nicaraguan reality, women situation, South-American countries debt, etc…

-Half-days observation and work in the different projects of the community.

-Meetings and exchanges with some groups of the center : women, radio animators…

-Organization of sportive and children activities + participation!

-Typical dance lessons and Spanish courses. (if requested)
3. Cooperative stay

(Visit 2 rural cooperatives and spend the night in one of them)

-Visit of the community, swimming time and walking excursion

-Help with the daily tasks

-Conference about the cooperative, its story and revolution…
4. Tourist visits

Managua (Capital):

- City tour** : historic and politic sites

Granada (oldest city of the country):

- City tour of the colonial Granada, the pre-Colombian Museum** and the Granada archipelago**

Masaya (Craft capital):

- Santiago Volcano visit** (still active) and Coyotepe historic jail visit**

- Shopping at the craft market of Masaya

San-Juan-del-Sur:

- One day at the beach**: swimming in the Pacific Ocean

**Included in the 50$ asked per person for the personal expenses

We will confirm the activities and itinerary with your group depending of the year period and availability.

The program will be reviewed on site by the group on the first day.

Sample package

Nicaragua Voluntary Work – 15 days / 14 nights

DAY 1

Flight from Montréal or Ottawa to Managua
For groups arriving between 11:00 and 12:00 : Lunch in Managua at Meija Godoy House or on the edge of the Lake. (Plan about US$10 per person for this meal)

For groups arriving in the afternoon or in the evening: Transfer to Nandaime right away and welcome activity (snack or show according to arrival time)

For groups arriving at night : Transfer to Nandaime right away. Welcome activity postponed to the next day. Evening :

Overnight at Centro Romero’s communal house or youth house (the center closes at 20:00)

A guardabarranco - the national bird


DAY 2

Morning :
7 :00 : Breakfast at Centro Romero
8 :30 : Confirmation of the schedule with the group’s responsibles. 9 :30 : Presentation of Centro Romero (objectives, philosophy, projects, etc.) and tips for life in host families.
11 :00 : Departure for lodging in host families Noon :

Lunch in families

Afternoon :
14 :00 : Forum-Video (animated by Centro Romero’s staff) about violence against women in Nicaragua.
16 :00 : Welcome activity: Introducing game, tropical fruits snack and music from Nicaragua or games with the children.
17 :00 : Preparation of dinner with host families.

Evening
18 :00 : Dinner with host families
20 :00 : Overnight in host families


DAY 3

Morning :
7 :00 : Breakfast in host families
08 :00: Departure, by foot, to visit Nandaime’s dump.
10 :00 : Exchange with some people who work at the dump.
11 :00 : Back in host families

Noon:
Lunch in host families

Afternoon :
13 :30 : Exchange with a team from Centro Romero about Nicaraguan children and teenagers’ situation. Testimonial from one or two teen who have been at the Centro Romero since they were children. Exchange on development means on a human scale.
15 :30 : Visit of an elementary school OR Nandaime’s hospital OR games with children (aactivity to be chosen on spot).

Evening :
17 :30 : Dinner with a group of teenagers who host a radio program about their rights defence.
19 :00 : Group meeting to talk about first impressions.
20 :00 : Overnight in host families

Nandaime


DAY 4

Morning :
7 :30 : Breakfast in host families
08 :30 : Excursion to Granada : colonial city, Lake Nicaragua, museums.

Midi : Lunch in Granada (Plan about 10$US per person)

Afternoon :
14 :30 : Back to Nandaime
16 :00 : Conference and/or video about Nicaragua’s history

Evening
18 :00 : Dinner in host families
19 :00 : A team from Centro Romero will visit the group to make sure everything is going well.
20 :00 : Overnight in host families

Nicaraguan kids and pre-columbian statue


DAY 5

Morning :
7 :00 : Breakfast in host families
08 :00 : Visit of a coffee plantation.

Midi : Lunch in host families

Afternoon :
13 :30 : Conference-exchange about solidarity theology in order to find some ways to help out Centro Romero. Exchange about different aspects of Nicaragua’s reality, among others, alternative ideas that would facilitate life and sustainable tourism.
15 :00 : Danse lesson.

Evening :
18 :00 : Dinner with a teenage group from Arce de Noé.
20 :00 : Overnight in host families

Nicaraguan kids and pre-columbian statue


DAY 6

Morning :
07 :00 : Breakfast at Casa Juvenil
08 :00 : Departure towards Niquinohomo, village where was born Sandino.
10 :00 : Go by San Juan Oriente, where is made the mud ceramic.

12 :30 : Lunch at the Mirador in Catarina (Plan about 10$US per person)

Afternoon :14 :30 : Back to Nandaime
15 :30 : Danse lesson. Rehearsal for the farewell eveving.
17 :15 : Games with the kids from the barrio.

Evening :
18 :30 : Dinner in host families
19 :00 : Evening spent with host families.
20;00 : Overnight in host families


DAY 7

Morning :
07 :00 : Breakfast in host families
08 :00 : Back to the Casa Juvenil at Centre Romero.
08 :30 : Day at the beach in San Juan del Sur.

Noon : Lunch in San juan del Sur in a restaurant or if possible, over at a fisherman’s house (Plan about 10$US per person)

Afternoon
15 :00 : Back to Nandaime

Evening
18 :00 : Dinner in host families
19 :00-20 :00 : Internal group meeting, resting time and/or preparation of an act to present at the farewell evening.
20 :00 : Overnight at the Casa Juvenil.


DAY 8

Morning
07 :00 : Breakfast at Centre Romero
08 :00 : Visit of a sugar cane field. Noon : Lunch at Centre Romero

Afternoon :
13 :30 : Sale of fair trade products from Centro Romero.
15 :00 : Exchange with a team from the radio station in order to discuss different themes such as public services, environment, day to day lives of the students from Canada, etc.
16 :30 : Educationnal games with the kids.

Evening :
17 :30 : Dinner in host families
19 :00 : Danse lesson. Rehearsal for farewell party.
20 :00 : Overnight in host families.


DAY 9

Morning :
07 :00 : Breakfast at Centre Romero
08 :00 : Departure by foot towards Vida y Esperanza farm where you will spend the night.
10 :00 : Visit of the farm in order to learn a bit more about the flora.

Noon : Lunch at the farm with some of the workers

Afternoon:
13 :30 : Work on the farm.
15 :00 : Help out with dinner preparation.

Evening :
17 :00 : Dinner with kids from this rural community.
18 :30 : Setting of your hammocks for the night.
20 :00 : Group meeting to exchange about the experience so far.
21 :00 : Overnight in hammocks at the farm.

Granada's Cathedral


DAY 10

Morning :
07 :00 : Breakfast at the farm08 :00: Work on the farm.
10 :00 : Back to Nandaime by foot.

Noon : Lunch at the Casa Juvenil

Afternoon :
13 :30 : Visit some host families to discuss about the cost of living, health, education, clothing, food, water, power, etc. Four people from the group will go along with a member from Centro Romero to evaluate the fuel and others.

15 :30: Exchange about living conditiosn in Nicaragua, subsistence modes, services access, economical reality, etc.

Evening :
18 :00 : Dinner at the Casa Juvenil
19 :00 : Rest at Centre Romero
20 :00 : Overnight in the Casa Juvenil

Masaya's Old Market


DAY 11

Morning : 07 :00 : Breakfast at the Casa Juvenil
08 :00 : Cleaning of the village with the families. One part of the group will prepare the lunch in one of the families’ house.

Noon :Lunch with the families at Maria E. Savard kindergarten.

Afternoon :
14 :00 : Bracelets making lesson at Casa Juvenil
16 :00 : Group prepares something typical from Canada to present at the farewell party.
17 :00 : Games with the kids from the barrio.

Evening :
18 :00 : Dinner with 2 guides from centro Romero.
20 :00 : Overnight at the Casa Juvenil


DAY 12

Morning :
07 :00 : Breakfast at the Casa Juvenil
08 :00 : Excursion to Masaya : handcrafts market, prison, volcano, observatory, etc.

Noon : Lunch in Masaya (Plan about 10$US per person)

Afternoon :
15 :30 : Back to Nandaime
16 :45 : Individual evaluation of the internship.

Evening :
17;30 : Dinner with 2 members of Centro Romero
19 :00 : Danse lesson
20 :00 : Overnight at the Casa Juvenil


DAY 13

Morning :
07 :00 : Breakfast at the Casa Juvenil
08 :00 : Demonstration of how we make hammocks.
09 :30 : Preparation of a typical dessert from Nicaragua. The group will separate ito two groups in order to prepare Arroz de leche and Buñuelos or Toronja de Miel. Noon :

Lunch with members from Centro Romero and discussion about the internship.

Afternoon :
13 :30 : Bracelets making lesson in Casa Juvenil
16 :00 : Games with kids from the barrio.

Evening :
18 :30 : Dinner at the Casa Juvenil
19 :00 : Group meeting to see what could be done in the future to support the Centro Romero
20 :00 : Overnight at the Casa Juvenil


DAY 14

Morning
07 :00 : Breakfast at the Casa Juvenil
08 :00 : Luggage packing, buying of fair trade products, etc.
09 :00 : Exchange with a team from Centro Romero to evaluate the internship and discuss about what has been done.
10 :30 : Group evaluation.

12 :30 : Lunch at Centre Romero

Afternoon :
13 :30 : Finish packing.
14 :00 : Rehearsal for farewell party.
15 :30 : Last meeting with members from Centro Romero.

Evening:
17 :30 : Dinner at Centre Romero
19 :00 : Farewell show with host families.
20 :00 : Overnight at Centre Romero


DAY 15

Transfer towards Managua’s airport
Flight from Managua to Montréal or Ottawa

 

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