This blog post was featured on Hannah's blog, and I thought it was beautifully written! If you are interested in applying to be a Program Director in 2013-2014, apply soon! The first deadline is October 15th.
"One of the aspects of Manna that really drew me to apply was it's very
unique, strong relationship with the communities it works in. There are
many programs that can teach English or do microfinance which don't get
me wrong are very helpful in developing countries. However, the people
we are helping are not numbers, but people with personalities and
families and life stories. They have experiences and values that can be
shared and are important to understand toreally touch them in an
impacting way. Just like my own family, they face struggles and
hardships as well as find happiness in the celebrations of births and
graduations. This is why since coming to Nicaragua and meeting the
community members of Cedro Galan and Chiquilistagua, I have never once
felt like an outsider or a person incapable of understanding their
culture. Instead, I have been welcomed with open arms and been invited
into each of their families.
Two nights of the week I am invited into Lorena's home for a delicious
dinner while we sit in rocking chairs on the front porch talking about
life. She hugs me tightly and says "adios mi bebita" when it's time to
go. Despite the rain, Jaqueline and Proyanka carry me through the lake
of a road to their house so I can teach them English on a Friday night.
They don't hesitate to give up one of their sweaters so I don't catch a
cold and give me their only candle when all the electricity is cut off.
Tammy and her mom Lupe come over to my house to have fun in the pool
and eat some lunch. As Tammy and I are catching up in my room, I am
nearly knocked over when she throws her arms around me and says "you are
These are just a few examples of the love and acceptance I have received
since coming to this beautiful country. I am reminded of the beauty of
human connection every day and I know I will forever be impacted by the
kindness I have experienced here. Every day I can feel myself learning
how to become a better person and I have the beautiful people of
Nicaragua to thank for that."