Así es Nicaragua/This is Nicaragua

A good place to go for basic information on Nicaragua is the CIA world fact book:  https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/nu.html

Culture Grams is a great place to go for more detailed cultural information about Nicaragua. Here you will get a better idea of what it is like to live in Nicaragua. You must have a Pima County Public Library card to access this database. http://www.library.pima.gov/research/databases/alpha.cfm#C

A little about my training village

My training village is close to the city of Estelí, in the department of Estelí (departments in Nicaragua are like states in the US). You can learn more about this region here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estel%C3%AD. Most people in my training village are farmers.

The northern bus stop in Jinotega.

The northern bus stop in Jinotega.

A little about my assigned work-site

My assigned work-site was a small rural community about in the department of Jinotega. You can learn more about the department (departments in Nicaragua are like states in the US) and city of Jinotega here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jinotega.

My assigned community was in a very remote and rural county and almost everyone there is a substance farmer. Subsistence farming is when a family grows all of the food that they eat and have very little left over to sell for a profit.

The community where I lived was too small for people to call it a village, instead everyone called it a comunidad. There were about 900 people that lived in the community and only 300 of them were adults! Can you imagine living in a small village where more than 2/3 of the residents were kids? Since farming was such a central part to life in the community, children would start working on the farm (when they weren’t in school) around the age of 11. Some kids only went to school on the weekends so that they could help their families on the farm during the week. Most kids don’t go to high school so that they can instead, work on their family farms full-time.

Mother and daughters

Aunt, mother and daughters

Scouting in Nicaragua

There are about 707 Girl Guides in Nicaragua, but there are over one million girls in Nicaragua. Many girls don’t get the opportunity to be scouts, so that’s why we’re bringing the Girl Scout experience to some of them!

For more information about Girl Guides in Nicaragua, take a look at the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts Nicaragua Page and the Wikipedia page for Nicaraguan Girl Guides.

Maps

Here is a map of Nicaragua: http://www.ineter.gob.ni/Direcciones/Geodesia/SeccionMapas/MapaNicaraguaRelieve1.html

Here is a map of the department (state) of Estelí: http://www.ineter.gob.ni/Direcciones/Geodesia/SeccionMapas/Esteli1.html

Here is a map of the department (state) of Jinotega: http://www.ineter.gob.ni/Direcciones/Geodesia/SeccionMapas/Jinotega1.html

3 Responses to “Así es Nicaragua”

  1. Susan Petrus said

    Hi Kristen,
    You worked with my Brownie Troop for World Thinking Day back in January. I just wanted to let you know that I think this virtual travel to Nicaragua is great for the Girl Scouts and I appreciate you sharing your experiences with us. Unfortunately my daughter and I will be out of town on July 1st, but I will forward your announcement to the other girls in the troop. Have a good trip back to Nicaragua!

    • sgscnicaragua said

      Thanks, Susan! I’m sorry that you and your daughter will miss the July 1st activity. Thanks for forwarding this information to the rest of your troop–it would be great if some of the girls came and brought ideas or activities for sharing with Nicaraguan girls!

  2. quartney porter said

    How do you do that clothes washing?

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