Now, at the end of week three, I am feeling much more settled into the community here in Limón. While I’ve been in Nicaragua for five months, I’m changing communities pretty frequently. I was at la UCA for the longest, 3 months. Then I was at NPH for 15 days. Then I had a break and did some traveling with my mom and our friend Lisa. Next I was in La Concepción for two weeks of Spanish classes. And finally, now, I am in Limon for two months. For an introvert, it’s recently been exhausting having to start over socially every few weeks, especially in a different language! But luckily this is my last stop in Nicaragua–at least for now. The next logical question is, of course, what’s next? But I’ll save that for a different post. Right now it’s important to focus on where I am right now. After all, I practically just got here!
Here are some excellent experiences I’ve had since coming to Limón:
- getting to see the sunset at the beach nearly every night
- playing frisbee on the beach with some of the Nicaraguan kids who work on the fishing boats
- seeing five day-old puppies that live across the street from me
- trying to catch and hold baby pigs with Eric (we were unsuccessful)
- making Valentine’s Day cards on the beach with Morgan and Angela
- going with the Manos Verdes students to see their garden and find cow pies to feed to their worms
- talking outside with my host mom while she sells tajadas
My projects are starting to pick up speed! Tutoring has started attracting a regular crowd of students, I finished writing my first computer workshop, and there’s potential for me to teach English at the library one day a week! Next week, at the Formación Fénix meeting, I’m going to be doing an activity to help the students think about what they would like to study after high school. I’m planning on working with small groups of students to help them advocate for themselves by calling and emailing universities to better understand the programs they offer and what students need to do to be admitted. The activity will help me understand the student’s interests, as well as give them an opportunity to formally make longterm goals. Plus I think it will be fun! This next week will be busy, but I’m looking forward to it!
Here’s a look back at all the wonderful communities I’ve been a part of since coming to Nicaragua: