Sunday, January 4, 2009

Tentative Intinerary

We have tentative plans for our Immersion Trip to Nicaragua. As you're reading this post, we are traveling to Nicaragua! Our team will arrive on Sunday in the afternoon in Managua, Nicaragua. We will be getting a historical perspective on Nicaragua, dine, and stay that evening in the capital city. The following day we will travel to León and meet our Host families there. Over the next several days we plan to learn about Gettysburg's sister city León, Nicaragua by seeing different historical and cultural sites of interest.

We plan to have time for a unique cultural exchange between students from a medical school in Nicaragua. Later we will tour a Midwife project PGL has supported in Santa Rosa del Penon. We will spend a night in El Porvenir, which is a rural community outside of León that has a fair-trade coffee cooperative. PGL is sponsoring a water project there, which we will learn about and hopefully enjoy some of the coffee beans!

Not all is work! We plan some fun times kayaking and admiring the flora and fauna of León. Stay tuned for awesome wildlife pictures (we hope)!We will be visiting an artist school in León, which is one of the oldest PGL projects.

We will return to Managua another time and visit Esperanza en acción, which is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that works with craftsmen around Nicaragua to market their products. Later we plan to spend time at Apoyo Lake.

All of the team members will be staying with host families. It is an excellent opportunity for us to interact with Nicaraguans face-to-face. Most of us have brought small presents for our host families and will be taking photos of our families to share.

As we travel to each of the PGL projects, we will write an post about the projects history and aims. We hope to report it to all of our readers through this blog.

Of course, this is Central America and things have a way of changing. You'll have to stay tuned to see how our travels will shape up!

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