Time has just flown by here in Nicaragua

We’ve already passed the mid-point of the program, and students are certainly enjoying this experience of a lifetime.

This was evident by a remarkable day yesterday that began with a strenuous hike up the famous Maderas Volcano on Ometepe Island. The wet and humid conditions didn’t dampen our spirits, and it was really nice to watch the students collaborate and work together to avoid slipping or falling behind on some tricky portions of the trail. Once we reached the lookout point, it was all worth it for some breathtaking views and photos of the island. Be sure to check them out on our Vidigami page! Following the hike, we all cooled off in a beautiful natural spring at Ojo de Agua, a short jaunt from our hotel. It was a very refreshing way to finish off the morning.

We’ve had an incredibly relaxing time on Ometepe Island. The food has been superb and the hotel staff are incredibly welcoming – a common theme throughout the country. Today we’ll begin our final nine days as we return to San Juan Del Sur for 5 nights, before finishing up the trip in the colonial city of Granada. Students will be writing their exams on the morning of July 25th. The group returns home on the evening of July 26th, and I’ll be in touch with flight details closer to the time.

From a program manager’s view the trip is going very smoothly. Students are getting along nicely, they have been respectful and appreciative throughout, and they’re definitely enjoying a beautiful backdrop for many of their classes. Ms. McEvoy-Halston, Ms. Storosko, and Mr. Begley have done a great job of keeping students engaged and making content relevant. Really, you cannot beat some of the educational experiences they’ve had on this trip, yesterday, Mr. Begley’s English class performed key acts from Shakespeare’s King Lear for the rest of the group, on the beach – at sunset. It was a special moment and highlights the vast range of opportunities students have been exposed to on our journey so far.

Moving forward, students are now in the final stretch as they complete their course work in the next few days and then move into exam preparation by the weekend. Zip lining and a sea turtle excursion remain on the horizon, as does a fun-filled afternoon of community service at a local Nicaraguan school in San Juan del Sur. It promises to be a jam-packed final week for Nicaragua 2017 so be sure to follow along on our travel journal and Vidigami pages. I’ll check in before our departure from Managua on the morning of the 26th.

Hasta la vista!

Will Salvarinas

Program Manager – Nicaragua 2017