July 6, 2013
Hola! My name is Cristobal Alvarenga. I was the lider del dia on our first free day without adult supervision! Most of the students took advantage of this and went shopping “en el mercado,” play sports, roamed the city, and called friends and family. Going into this day, I expected it to be the easiest day to lead but it turned out to be one of the most difficult. However, we all had a lot of fun!
In these past two weeks, I have had some of the most inspirational experience of my life. One of them being a few days ago when we met a woman who has become successful thanks to an organization called FUMDEC. FUMDEC offers support to women starting businesses in rural communities. Entering this woman’s house caused me to have a flashback of the month I spent in El Salvador at my grandparents’ house. The parrot, the view, and the cuagada (cheese) all reminded me of the first and last time I saw my grandparents. This trip has given each of us a unique personal connection with Nicaragua.