Hello Team Matagalpa,

We are really looking forward to making the trip with everyone to Miami and then on to Managua this Thursday. As a big group of 22 students and 2 teachers, we have an extra special meeting time for the  early morning flight at SFO.
Please arrive at SFO terminal 2 @ 3:15AM, yes 3:15AM!!!

We are boarding American Airlines flight #68 to Miami at 6:15, but we need to allow enough time to get our large group through check-in and security. When most of us have dropped off luggage and checked in, we will instruct everyone to head through security and meet at the appropriate gate to sit together.

If you are late arriving to SFO for any reason, please text/call us immediately
Please see a recent email for the phone numbers…

Here is our current flight schedule:

DepartureAA 68 26JUN San Francisco(SFO)-Miami(MIA) Depart 6:15A Arrive 3:05PAA 993 26JUN Miami(MIA)-Managua(MGA) Depart 6:35P Arrive 7:10P
ArrivalAA 994 14JUL Managua(MGA)-Miami(MIA) Depart 7:15A Arrive 11:50AAA 69 14JUL Miami(MIA)-San Francisco(SFO) Depart 5:15P Arrive 8:05P

For the airport:

  • Don’t forget Passport & a photo copy of your passport
  • $10 for the visa (paid when we land at Managua)
  • A little spending money for any airport purchases
  • A carry on bag and necessary items (See TSA guidelines below)
For the packing list:
  • See the recommended items in the attached “What to Pack” list and “GG Rules”.
  • Note: Bring a light rain jacket that can be put in a backpack, clothes for the cool evenings, semi casual attire for the English Tutoring classes, non-aerosol sunscreen and bug repellent, and at least two pairs of shoes since some areas we’ll walk will be muddy.
  • Also note: If you have space to bring a few items to donate, consider bringing any of the following: school supplies, dictionaries, books in both in English and Spanish (if possible), Frisbee, watercolors, coloring books, etc.
Weather Forecast:
Every day for the next week shows a high of 85 and a low of 70 with  scattered thunderstorms always likely.
 
When we arrive in Managua, we will get to meet our in-country program coordinators who have been working hard preparing for our arrival. Here is a brief bio about them…

“I am Candi, 24 years old from New York City. I studied Sociology and previous to Global Glimpse I was working as a crisis counselor for a non-profit mental health agency in Lower Manhattan. I held resiliency and stress management workshops for teenagers, seniors and families. One of the many reasons why I decided to join Global Glimpse is because I am passionate about learning, helping, and growing through meaningful travel. This is my first time in Nicaragua and Central America and so far I am loving it!”
 
Passing the Mic to Jorge: 

“I am Jorge, 30 years old and from Matagalpa, Nicaragua. I studied Computer Engineering but life has made me take a different path by helping and teaching others through organizations like Global Glimpse. Over the past four years I have worked with many different non-profit organizations as a project coordinator. I collaborated with community focus groups and implemented a wide range of activities in order to foster marginalized youth and adolescents’ social skills and confidence. Now I work as a interpreter and English Conversational Teacher. I decided to join Global Glimpse because I love to teach and learn from everyone I meet.”
 
Travel Blog
Please remember that we will have daily communication to our family, friends and fans through the travel blog. Each of you will get a chance to write a blog entry including photos and share stories of our adventures. Share the link on Facebook and beyond: https://www.globalglimpse.org/category/trip-blogs-2014/matagalpa1_jun26/
 
See each of you bright and early Thursday morning!!!
 

TSA Guidelines for carry on luggage
You are allowed to bring one small bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes through the checkpoint. These are limited to 3.4 ounces or less per container. Consolidating these containers in the small bag separate from your carry-on baggage enables TSA officers to screen them quickly.

3-1-1 for carry-ons. Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or less per container; must be in 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. The bag limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring.

Be prepared. Each time a TSA officer stops to physically screen a carry-on bag, it slows down the line. Practicing the 3-1-1 rule will facilitate the checkpoint experience.

Declare larger liquids. Medications, baby formula and food, and breast milk are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces, and they don’t have to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint. TSA officers may need to open them for additional screening.

If in doubt, put your liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes in checked baggage.