We live together as a group in a large home in one of Jinotega’s neighborhoods. There are showers and bathrooms, a kitchen and communal space, separate sleeping quarters for boys and girls, and a bunk bed awaiting each person.
Service projects are five days a week and usually end mid-afternoon. You get to choose your worksite each day, one of which is the primary construction site. Once a week, you will be on “homebase crew” instead of a worksite. This crew of a few participants and a leader makes breakfast, goes to local markets to buy food for the next meals, does laundry, and takes in a “day in the life” of northern Nicaragua.
Afternoons after work are for cultural activities and nearby outings: games with local kids, chatting with neighbors, short hikes, workshops, and plenty of opportunities to practice Spanish. Weekends and a few other days are set aside for travel and excursions during the first session. The second, shorter session includes some of the same highlights as the first session, but condensed into afternoons and one full-day excursion.
Meals include vegetarian and meat options, and a local cook prepares all our dinners. A few evenings a week, we have group meetings to talk through the cultural and volunteer experience.
VISIONS is not a teen tour with a day-to-day travel itinerary. Instead we settle in to our home and are part of the fabric of daily life. The itineraries provide an overview of some of our activities in Nicaragua.