“This is the moment when we must build on the wealth that open markets have created, and share its benefits more equitably. Trade has been a cornerstone of our growth and global development. But we will not be able to sustain this growth if it favors the few, and not the many.” Today was our Global Business Day. We had a delicious breakfast this morning(just like any other morning), and we played a little energizer game. The people from the advisory board of Global Glimpse came to spend time with us. I was a little nervous but they were all really cool and they joined us in all of the activities we did. After breakfast, we had an academic seminar on global business, focusing on Fair Trade. Discussing coffee, Starbucks, and all sorts of questions about coffee and trade got us ready for our visit later to another well known product of Nicaragua: chocolate! We got on a bus to El Castillo del Cacao. It was a chocolate factory(yummy!) operated by two wonderful women. They gave us a tour and let us taste chocolate. They showed us all the processes that it takes to make all the chocolate and it amazed me how these two women can produce so much chocolate by themselves. It was really inspiring because the mission of the factory was to open to give women jobs. They don’t use preservatives or added sugar to the chocolate and I thought that was really great and healthy. When we arrived back at the hostel, we had lunch and we were presented with an video idea to persuade John Legend and his wife to represent Global Glimpse at a fundraiser. We all jumped at the opportunity and worked together to start it. I think it’s going to turn out really well. The overall day was just wonderful and getting to spend down time with people I now call my family made me feel really good and made me get a sense of love and community. There’s better days to come. Adios!
-Tajah M. White