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The sky was illuminated by faint lights noticed from 35,000 feet as the plane descended to Managua as we commenced our Global Educator Course in Nicaragua. The constant reclining of the seat in front of me continued to re-awaken my senses and my thoughts about new pain as well as the journey ahead of me. Was I ready for when the wheels touched the ground for my feet and mind to explore this new country of Nicaragua to take me out of my comfort zone to realize new growth personally and emotionally? The hotel was all I expected from a Best Western – simple corporate, stale, and ultimately, perhaps awkward to admit, comfortable. Freezing from powerful air conditioning I awoke fresh and eager to begin the phase of meeting those in the group. Dance, music, finding my robotic groove released my inhibitions and I am ready to engage with the warm and friendly faces that have become fellow travelers on our shared journey. That drove past animals, an open road to the mtns. Brought laugher and sharing of personal stories. Again, beauty and grace in the smile sand expressions and sharing of fellow travelers made the heart of the van fresh and inviting rather than claustrophobic: My thoughts wandered to Contanna that amazing Columbian climber who undoubtedly rode these types of hills to victory, mtns; in the Tour. I could see myself desiring such a challenge. Arrival in Selva Nega, home for a couple of days, cloud cover, gentle rain, sensory stimulation, and our excitement for learning and discovery. How to bring together the environment and the idea of personal learning. Bodnign through meditation, dialogue with committed colleagues fills the soul of adventure and brings me to a hope that I can be an effective leader and hone up my skills. Amazing coffee farm/plantation that raises questions about sustainability and how people live in the space for generations. A great couple of days. [post_title] => The Arrival: Global Educator Course in Nicaragua [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => the-arrival-2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-02-02 16:06:39 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-02-02 23:06:39 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=90922 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 216 [name] => Nicaragua Educator 2-week [slug] => nicaragua-educator-2-week-summer-2013 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 216 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 253 [count] => 17 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 12.1 [cat_ID] => 216 [category_count] => 17 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Nicaragua Educator 2-week [category_nicename] => nicaragua-educator-2-week-summer-2013 [category_parent] => 253 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2013/nicaragua-educator-2-week-summer-2013/ ) ) [category_links] => Nicaragua Educator 2-week )
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The Arrival: Global Educator Course in Nicaragua

Jim Newman,Nicaragua Educator 2-week

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The sky was illuminated by faint lights noticed from 35,000 feet as the plane descended to Managua as we commenced our Global Educator Course in Nicaragua. The constant reclining of the seat in front of me continued to re-awaken my senses and my thoughts about new pain as well as the journey ahead of me. […]

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08/27/13

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Jim Newman

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After a comfortable couple of days at Selva Negra, packed with Nicaragua Educator Course orientation and training in lovely surroundings of what we were told was the largest and most diverse farm in Central America topped by a cloud forest flavored with German origins we relocated by van to El Lagartillo.   Our first stop on the road was in Matagalpa to purchase boots and machetes; tools we might need and our families could use. Then on to the small city of Estelí, where we did a short scavenger hunt in small groups, which brought home the hard choices families face every day, even when they have a regular income above the baseline. Sobering for sure.   After more briefing about home-stay issues over a light lunch we transferred into a pick up truck for the two-hour drive into the mountains to the small intentional community of El Lagartillo. Alone on a dirt road heading steadily up tino the mountains of the Norhtner Highlands. This is the zone active fighting happened during the Contra War.   Once arrived we were parceled out to our individual homestays for a chance to get settled and o first conversations and then re-gathered for a feast prepared for us and shared with a number of the teachers and leaders of the community. A name game, sharing, and off we went to our homes to sleep.   On a more personal note – since self-awareness is one of the “learning outcomes” Dragons names – I should note that I find this homestay piece of our itinerary personally very challenging. Because I have almost no Spanish, communicating is very hard work. Also, the rural isolation of this community plus my lack of language throw me back more forcefully than I expected into old traumatizing experience I had 40 years ago in a year-long home-stay, my first international experience.   Of course, that was then and this is now. My home stay people here are older couple, have suffered for worse trauma than I, including the death of two of their seven children, one a son killed here in the fighting. I know all this in my head, het my heart remains sad and my souls weary.   The cautionary take-away for us as educators may include this:   We can never really know in advance what baggage any of our students or colleagues are carrying – even if they self disclose (as I had done in interviews with Dragons prior to the Nicaragua Educator Course).  The DRAGONS emphasis on process will lay people open to their inner reaches, where there be dragons also.  How can we prepare to support one another in these times and manage the manifestations? I wish – fervently – that I did not have to be “the poster child” for this part of the complicated work all of us aspire to do. But it seems I am.   For now, let me say that I appreciate the loving support of el grupo and that I am trying to offer myself the compassion I would want to be able to have in receiving and containing the pain others carry. It is an article of faith with me that as one has an easy life, no matter how much privilege or good fortune seem apparent from the outside – suffering is universal and fundamental, Buddhism teaches. Indeed.   Part of the why I travel is to widen and deepen my sense of humanity – my own and others. That includes the pain, as well as the marvelous inventiveness, resourcefulness and joy. [post_title] => Heading into El Lagartillo: Nicaragua Educator Course [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => heading-into-el-lagartillo [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-08-27 16:18:10 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-08-27 22:18:10 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=90927 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 216 [name] => Nicaragua Educator 2-week [slug] => nicaragua-educator-2-week-summer-2013 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 216 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 253 [count] => 17 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 12.1 [cat_ID] => 216 [category_count] => 17 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Nicaragua Educator 2-week [category_nicename] => nicaragua-educator-2-week-summer-2013 [category_parent] => 253 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2013/nicaragua-educator-2-week-summer-2013/ ) ) [category_links] => Nicaragua Educator 2-week )

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Heading into El Lagartillo: Nicaragua Educator Course

Karen Bovard,Nicaragua Educator 2-week

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After a comfortable couple of days at Selva Negra, packed with Nicaragua Educator Course orientation and training in lovely surroundings of what we were told was the largest and most diverse farm in Central America topped by a cloud forest flavored with German origins we relocated by van to El Lagartillo.   Our first stop on […]

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08/27/13

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Karen Bovard

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El 5 de agosto – Erica Coffey   8 am: Morning check-in 9 am: Community mapping 11 am: Cultural engagement 12-2 pm: Almuerzo 2 pm Service and Development 4-7 pm: Cena 7 pm: Community Development Talk 8 pm: “The Power of Community”   Roosters, roosters, and more roosters. I never thought hta tthey would sound their alarms at all hours of the night. For some of us, it wa a hard night of sleep with the sounds of the roosters couples with the sound of heavy rain on tin roofs.   We began the morning with breakfast with our families-varying from fresh fruit breads homemade tortillas, che3eese, and eggs. After meeting Simón and Tim, we were fortunate to take a walk to the Memorial and hea the history of El Lagartillo against the Contras. Marina, Hermelinda y Alcides spoke of what it was like to run, hide, return, and face the horrible loss of De. 31, 1984. We were filled with sadness. Hermelinda was very open when she told us that she hated the United States. She did, however come to realize that the government and the people can, and oftenare, two different entitites.   After about an hour session with Simón and Tim (Timón) we went to our houses for lunch and siesta. Next, we headed back to Timón for for a session on service and development.   I know that I was releaved to be finished with sessions. Not because I don’t want to learn, but because of the deep exercises we have done. The exercises have brough up emotions that I work very hard to bury. The afternoon volleyball game was much needed break from the emotional unpacking.   How to start a volleyball game: 1)      Find a volleyball 2)    Head to the court 3)   Play/practice enough so that the town will come out to play. 4)   Game on!   Rain ended our game and we went back home for dinner and down time.   After dinner, we went to hear a community talk at 7 pm with Chema and Marcelino. Marcelino was in his 70s. he founded a cooperative San Antonio. He is Chema’s uncle. Their story is long and interesting. Our final group activity was a movie in the biblioteca “The Power of a Community”.  A few members of the community came to watch.   ¡BUENAS NOCHES! [post_title] => El Lagartillo [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => el-lagartillo [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-02-02 16:04:28 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-02-02 23:04:28 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=90932 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 216 [name] => Nicaragua Educator 2-week [slug] => nicaragua-educator-2-week-summer-2013 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 216 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 253 [count] => 17 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 12.1 [cat_ID] => 216 [category_count] => 17 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Nicaragua Educator 2-week [category_nicename] => nicaragua-educator-2-week-summer-2013 [category_parent] => 253 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2013/nicaragua-educator-2-week-summer-2013/ ) ) [category_links] => Nicaragua Educator 2-week )
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El Lagartillo

Erica Coffey,Nicaragua Educator 2-week

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El 5 de agosto – Erica Coffey   8 am: Morning check-in 9 am: Community mapping 11 am: Cultural engagement 12-2 pm: Almuerzo 2 pm Service and Development 4-7 pm: Cena 7 pm: Community Development Talk 8 pm: “The Power of Community”   Roosters, roosters, and more roosters. I never thought hta tthey would sound […]

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08/27/13

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Erica Coffey

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I am writing from the home of Arminia Galeano, the eldest woman in this community, the mother of seven who calls herself the grandmother of all. Arminia was in her early 40s when the Contras circled eleven terrified fighters in El Lagartillo with the intention to exterminate the young cooperative community, the very place she and her husband had chosen to raise their family and till the soil.   Somehow it would feel unfair to begin this entry without a story. The story of this community is not only tragic and powerful, but it is also an essential piece of our stay here, what makes our exchange possible.  In a community of what is essentially three large families, everyone lost an uncle, a brother-in-law, or an aunt they never knew on the last of day of 1984. Their very tie to this piece of the earth, the intentions they held for turning into a home, was forced form their hands and spit on. And whatever the degree of involvement – importation, manipulation – of our government just four administrations ago, they want us here as fellow Americans.   We are here because we are facilitators of exchange. If we really want to do our job, to create good in the world, we cannot ignore these contexts. If the people of El Lagartillo, instead of turning their backs on us, welcome us exactly because they see value in our exchange of ideas, being present for their stories is the least that we can. The least!   The first thing we did as a group today, after homestay breakfasts in the early morning light was to pu our hand to the earth alongside members of the community.  Erica, Tim and I worked with Mario, the president of the community organic gardening project. In the garden of his own home, we poured handfuls of worm castings in shallow rings around young tomato, carrot, and hot pepper plants.  He made us sweet Hierba Luisa tea from the lemongrass in his garden, which we drank with honey perched on wooden benches in his wooden home.   At mid-day we gathered up for a relatively relaxed trek to the river. The path took us through the woods, under the dense canopy that surrounds El Lagartillo. After about an hour we arrived at “Tina’s House” where Florentina Perez outlived her husband, the tailor – turned – cooperative leader, José Angel, and their 19 year old daughter, who were both killed holding their ground at the invasion. This story is everywhere, it is an essential feature of an exchange in El Lagartillo, it is inescapable. We are its witnesses.   It felt good to dip our bodies in the cool running water at the cascada and to feel the warmth of sun on skin. By the time we made it back to the community after walking through the lush green hills, most people were feeling energized and refreshed. Our next activity was an exercise in Service Learning. We split in half to brainstorm, prep, and then argue a debate on the intentions of effects of global “service” projects like the ones we are involve din with our students.   Form, this conversation is really the meant of the program. I can’t help but feel cynical about service I do and “lead” feel so wrongly credited when my relatives exude pride for my part in “saving the world.” I can’t help but wonder who much I am imposing, reinforcing hierarchies, and supporting a twisted industry when I travel to a place I don’t understand for a “project” of “community service.” Worse, though, is when I bring students like disciples, to these corners of the earth so unknown to us, and never provide space for reflection intentionality, or the kind of debate we engaged in today. I really do believe that so-called service can be meaningful when carried out carefully. If I didn’t believe that, I wouldn’t be here, and in many ways it is the people of El Lagartillo who have shown me that with their deep and broken hearts. I also believe – and no doubts on this one- that it is my duty to create a good, positive, and c contagious forces in the world. I want to be a sponge, a keen observer, so I can carry out the mission fo my vocation. It is a long road, and I have to much to learn, but I thin the first step now is clear. Let’s see what happens if I just want and bear witness. 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The United States’ Secret War in El Lagartillo

Ali Sever,Nicaragua Educator 2-week

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I am writing from the home of Arminia Galeano, the eldest woman in this community, the mother of seven who calls herself the grandmother of all. Arminia was in her early 40s when the Contras circled eleven terrified fighters in El Lagartillo with the intention to exterminate the young cooperative community, the very place she […]

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08/27/13

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Ali Sever

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Awakening to the sound of the rooster at 3:30 a.m. puts a smile on my face as I begin my day at El Lagartillo on the Dragons Global Educator Course in Nicaragua. Daisy greets me with delicious fruit then I make my way to to Osvaldo’s finca for bean picking and milking cows. Erica, Alex, Karen, Osvaldo and I hiked thirty minutes to his family's finca, taking in the beautiful landscape. Milking the cows was more difficult than I thought...Erica was definitely the natural in our group! On our hike back to town we noticed huge mango trees being weighed downed by the most succulent, and ripe looking mangos we had ever seen. Osvaldo climbed up one of the trees to pick the ripest ones for us then cut them into large pieces for each of us to savor it's texture and sweetness... we could've stood there and eaten mangos all day.   Upon returning to town we met the rest of the Global Educator Course group at Simon and Tim's for our Risk Management 201 lesson. Fun role playing took place that I'm sure the entire group enjoyed! Copious amounts of pertinent information was covered and discussed during the session. One of my favorite topics covered was SPEAR AREA, for transformation places. After an hour and a half of note taking, role playing and lots of laughing, Rosa and Elisabet brought us banana smoothies, a most refreshing and delicious treat! Karen then taught us about islands and groups... an amazing tool. Alex shared his tool, a thought provoking topic we all struggle with, finding authentic experiences for students to engage in when they travel abroad. After our morning session we all went home to our host families to enjoy some much needed rest and delicious a lunch. After lunch and playing with Carolina, Daniela, Claudio and Rodrigo it was time to walk back to Timon's to continue our risk management enlightenment session :).   Once our afternoon session ended we left Timon's house to prepare for the community celebration that evening. The community theatre showcased two plays with an all children cast. Each play was directed beautifully and a touching moral lesson was woven into both plays. Los Rusticos sang a song titled "Cuidemos Nuestra Tierra" which brought tears to my eyes with it's powerful lyrics... it truly touched my heart and spirit. It was impossible not to feel as if you were an integral part of their community with so much love, spirit and "ganas."   We left the casa cultural after a phenomenal evening of bonding with the community of El Lagartillo...I felt a deeper connection to the community than I ever could've imagined. I felt honored to have been a part of such an inspirational celebration of life, love and forgiveness in a community without prejudice...a true utopia.   I dozed off listening to music and feeling the energy of the community flow through my body...   Lourdes [post_title] => Waking to the roosters: Nicaragua Global Educator Course [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => waking-to-the-roosters [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-08-27 16:18:10 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-08-27 22:18:10 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=90949 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 216 [name] => Nicaragua Educator 2-week [slug] => nicaragua-educator-2-week-summer-2013 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 216 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 253 [count] => 17 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 12.1 [cat_ID] => 216 [category_count] => 17 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Nicaragua Educator 2-week [category_nicename] => nicaragua-educator-2-week-summer-2013 [category_parent] => 253 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2013/nicaragua-educator-2-week-summer-2013/ ) ) [category_links] => Nicaragua Educator 2-week )

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Waking to the roosters: Nicaragua Global Educator Course

Lourdes Nedrelow,Nicaragua Educator 2-week

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Awakening to the sound of the rooster at 3:30 a.m. puts a smile on my face as I begin my day at El Lagartillo on the Dragons Global Educator Course in Nicaragua. Daisy greets me with delicious fruit then I make my way to to Osvaldo’s finca for bean picking and milking cows. Erica, Alex, […]

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08/27/13

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Lourdes Nedrelow

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Today we left El Lagartillo – something I think everyone int eh group was sad to do. It was also the first day that a member of the group has run into the GI difficulties that any group traveling in this part of the world is likely to face. Ali has been taking it like a champ and everyone has tried to support her (of course). But what I want to talk about is the way this obviously unplanned misfortune impacted the day’s plans. Instead of going right into the morning’s reflection and transition meditations, we spent the first 30 min or so going over the Dragons GUI flowchart (“flow” – ha), discussing simultaneously the best way to handle the situation at hand and the process of making that decision, how to deal with a similar situation with a student in the field. Tham, more or less, is the big thing we’ve gotten out of this trip. Obviously, traveling in a place like Nicaragua, things can sometimes get a little bumpy (although in general things have gone remarkably smoothly). But we’re prepping to lead students in places like this, and unexpected things will happen. Being here, we practice and also get a chance to analyzes our practice.   Other than that – a travel day, lots of dusty roads, lots of hours chatting and watching the hills flatten out, the temperature rising, still thinking on the community just passed as the barbed wire of the big maquiladoras go by. [post_title] => Granada [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => granada-2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-02-02 15:41:05 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-02-02 22:41:05 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=90954 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 216 [name] => Nicaragua Educator 2-week [slug] => nicaragua-educator-2-week-summer-2013 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 216 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 253 [count] => 17 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 12.1 [cat_ID] => 216 [category_count] => 17 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Nicaragua Educator 2-week [category_nicename] => nicaragua-educator-2-week-summer-2013 [category_parent] => 253 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2013/nicaragua-educator-2-week-summer-2013/ ) ) [category_links] => Nicaragua Educator 2-week )
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Granada

Alex Korsunsky,Nicaragua Educator 2-week

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Today we left El Lagartillo – something I think everyone int eh group was sad to do. It was also the first day that a member of the group has run into the GI difficulties that any group traveling in this part of the world is likely to face. Ali has been taking it like […]

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08/27/13

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Alex Korsunsky

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Today everyone, except Ali, awoke with smiles on their faces, having eaten well, slept well, showered, and relieved themselves on porcelain toilets. We are back to those creature comforts and I think each one of us feels grateful and at the same time misses the simple amenities at El Lagartillo.   We hardly saw anything of Granada before we loaded up in a vanc anwent to climb the volcano Mombacho, just 30 min from town. For me, it was a welcome activity, as I was already ready for a nature retreat from the city. Though, Granada is lovely in its colonial color, I didn’t feel ready to open the container(s) that much; opening the senses in the forest , though, felt like a deepening of our experience. From the clean skies at the craters at Mombacho we saw El Lago de Nicaragua, La Isla Ometepe, La Laguna de Apoyo, El Vocan de Masaya, and more. The best part and worst part ofr some was the 30-min solo hike we did in the middle stretch. For me, this opportunity be quiet and more or less alone with this forest allowed me to drop in and be in my heart space with the beauty and spirit of that place.   After a delicious lunch at a restaurant in town and a brief stroll around the hotel, we had the great pleasure of meeting Aynn Setright, the SIT Nicaragua site Director. Aynn told us her life story since coming to Nicaragua in 1983, her love affair with the place and ultimately the Sandinista Capitan, who stole her heart. Aynn shed light on the absurd theatres of Nicaraguan politics but also revealed the undying optimism and idealism of its people. She also shared personal stories of volunteering in war zones and, like most Nicaraguans I’ve spoken with, expressed that any real and meaningful differences, she has seen has not been in what politicians say but in how individual communities are impacted.   We did not delve deeply into some of the questions we had for Aynn, but she did share some valuable perspectives on the necessity of EXCHANGE versus more service and reinforced the power of sharing personal stories home and wearing them in the fabric of our own lives. [post_title] => Volcan Mombacho and Aynn Setright [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => volcan-mombacho-and-aynn-setright [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-02-02 15:40:28 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-02-02 22:40:28 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=90960 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 216 [name] => Nicaragua Educator 2-week [slug] => nicaragua-educator-2-week-summer-2013 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 216 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 253 [count] => 17 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 12.1 [cat_ID] => 216 [category_count] => 17 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Nicaragua Educator 2-week [category_nicename] => nicaragua-educator-2-week-summer-2013 [category_parent] => 253 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2013/nicaragua-educator-2-week-summer-2013/ ) ) [category_links] => Nicaragua Educator 2-week )
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Volcan Mombacho and Aynn Setright

Alissa Coenen,Nicaragua Educator 2-week

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Today everyone, except Ali, awoke with smiles on their faces, having eaten well, slept well, showered, and relieved themselves on porcelain toilets. We are back to those creature comforts and I think each one of us feels grateful and at the same time misses the simple amenities at El Lagartillo.   We hardly saw anything […]

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08/27/13

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Alissa Coenen

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    [post_content] => In 1979 the Sandinista National Liberation Front overthrew a deeply imbedded dictatorship in Nicaragua, shaping the second modern revolution in the hemisphere after Cuba. More than a revolution of a certain ideology or political party, however, it really was a people's revolution whose success was based on the nearly universal support from a population who was fed up with a nearly half-century of dynastic dictatorship by the Somozas. The revolution opened an opportunity for massive land reform, including the lands near Esteli in the north where we spent the past 5 days with the community of El Lagartillo. Established as a cooperative initially and surviving a brutal attack by the Contra soldiers in 1984, they now invite foreigners to come and live with them through their Hijos de Maiz association - a combination of a language school, community-share, and grassroots community development project. They practice an immense amount of forgiveness, especially in inviting citizens of the US, whose government is almostsolely responsible for the illegal Contra war that took 30,000 Nicaraguan lives in the 80's, including many in this community.

We spent the past 4 days straining to wrap our heads around this level oftrauma and forgiveness, while engaging themes of intercultural exchange, service learning, safety, development, and transformational education. As trainers we feel amazingly blessed to have had this opportunity with the community and to have the group that we do. Each participant has such wisdom to add to every workshop or conversation, and such humility in their presence, all laced with such passion for their work with students.

We have two more days in Granada, with an excursion to a nearby volcano today, and some important talks and transference activities. With gratitude from the heart of Central America,

Tim and Simon

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Lessons on revolution

Tim Hare,Nicaragua Educator 2-week

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In 1979 the Sandinista National Liberation Front overthrew a deeply imbedded dictatorship in Nicaragua, shaping the second modern revolution in the hemisphere after Cuba. More than a revolution of a certain ideology or political party, however, it really was a people’s revolution whose success was based on the nearly universal support from a population who was […]

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08/9/13

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Tim Hare

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    [post_content] => Hi, Erica!   I will also be on the Delta flights you list between Atlanta and Managua.   I'll be coming in to Atlanta from Hartford.  Looking forward to meeting up with you!    And would be happy to share a cab to get from Grenada to Managua early on Aug 11 for our flights home.

Packing advice may come too late--but I use cheap XXL ziplock bags from the grocery store.  Roll things, stuff them in, kneel on the bag to squeeze out the air, and seal the zip.  It really helps reduce volume.  And keeps stuff dry, too.  You can buy expensive compression bags at travel outfitters but the grocery store ones work fine too.

See you soon!

Karen Bovard

 
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sharing flights…

Karen Bovard,Nicaragua Educator 2-week

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Hi, Erica!   I will also be on the Delta flights you list between Atlanta and Managua.   I’ll be coming in to Atlanta from Hartford.  Looking forward to meeting up with you!    And would be happy to share a cab to get from Grenada to Managua early on Aug 11 for our flights […]

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08/2/13

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Karen Bovard

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    [post_content] => Hi Erica,

I am on the same flight as you from Atlanta arriving to and departing from Managua.  I will be arriving from Cleveland around 3 pm Thursday so perhaps we can meet in the airport.

All the best,

Jim Newman

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Arrival

Jim Newman,Nicaragua Educator 2-week

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Hi Erica, I am on the same flight as you from Atlanta arriving to and departing from Managua.  I will be arriving from Cleveland around 3 pm Thursday so perhaps we can meet in the airport. All the best, Jim Newman jnewm@hawken.edu

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07/30/13

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Jim Newman

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