With the exception of a final half day of teaching nursing students at UNAN we usually complete our planned work for the week on Fridays. It has become our traditional to spend our last night in Matagalpa enjoying the food and ambiance of El Garaje. Run by a friendly Nicaraguan couple, this restaurant set in the corner of a parking lot has everything we need for an enjoyable evening…..open fire grill, beautiful tables constructed from ancient trees and a roof. No need for a menu as the choices are limited…..chicken/meat/sausage or pork served with gallo pinto (Nicaraguan red beans and rice) and a tortilla. The drink options are equally simple….Toña (local beer), water or pop. With the work of the week behind us, the atmosphere is light and loose; after only six days together we have many stories and memories to share. Dr. Deb Simon suggested that we each share our highlight of the week. As we went around the table we nodded with agreement, laughed and shed a tear or two. We decided that it would be fun to share the list on the blog. So here goes….our most notable moments, be they inspirational, touching, funny or embarrassing….
At the beginning of the education workshops with the secondary students a young man stood to introduce himself and the other students from his community. He was very proud of his country. He was so genuinely happy to be there and grateful that we were there to teach them.
Hilarious and embarrassing interpreting mistakes….
When I worked with Lily Project out in the rural area I observed how far some women had to travel and how difficult it was for the opportunity to be screened for cervical cancer.
Running into Nicaraguan friends and colleagues on the street – makes the world feel smaller and like we are not just visitors.
Although traveled to Nica previously so happy to have been a part of this experience and the work of Global Partners.
Observing the depth of the relationship between longtime GP volunteers and our Nicaraguan partner Rainbow Network.
The transformation of students at the education workshops from shy observers to enthusiastic and vocal participants….
Overall experience of being part of the group.
Invitation to eat delicious lunches in the home of friends of the UNAN professors….
Eating awesome homemade ice cream at Kiss Me!
The friendly male attention on the streets….a marriage proposal (with a beautiful Nicaraguan flower no less!)
The clear joy, pride and anticipation with which the Rainbow Staff and the community leaders greeted our education team for a day of workshops after a long three house drive to reach this small rural community….
Watching the creativity of an 8 year old girl in Nueva Santa Celia show us how to really play Simon Says…… Simon Says paint a painting, read a map…….
Spending time in Nica with Dr. Richard Strauss who makes her feel like a little part of Dr. Rick Renwick is beside her….
THANK YOU JUNE VOLUNTEERS FOR YOUR HARD WORK, ENTHUSIASM, INSPIRATION AND LAUGHTER!