Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Back in Nicaragua

After almost a year I’m finally back in Nicaragua! I am so excited to be in one of my favorite places working for an organization as wonderful as MPI. These first two weeks have been a bit overwhelming for myself and the other new 7-month volunteers. With Spanish classes four hours a day, multiple meetings, and settling into our new home and lives we’ve been quite busy!

Lex, Rob, and I have certainly learned many new things in a very short time. We’ve improved our Spanish, visited Cedro Galán, shadowed programs, and much more. Some of my favorite things we’ve done so far have been our community dinners and day trips. The community dinners allowed us the opportunity to share a meal with two families in Cedro Galán on two separate occasions. We were warmly welcomed into the homes of two great families our first week. They happily made us delicious meals and took the time to get to know us. They were also very patient with our rather limited Spanish vocabularies, too! These meals allowed us to be gently introduced into the community we will soon be working in, and it allowed us to makes connections in the hopes of forging friendships. As for the day trips, we recently traveled to Los Cardones, Laguna de Apoyo, and Granada. I’m eager to see what the rest of our time here has in store for us!

 By Blair McGee

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