The experience is focused on developing an understanding of the impact that trade has on the people of Nicaragua, especially the poor. The group will analyze trade from various perspectives in the coffee and apparel industries. These include opportunities to meet with workers, management, government agencies, farmers, land owners, etc. The group will spend time in Managua (urban) and the cloudforest region (rural) to experience to two industries. To better understand Nicaraguan life and culture the group will stay with Nicaraguan families in both an urban and rural area of the country. The homestays offer tremendous opportunities for interaction and dialogue with family members. Students are paired in same gender pairs or triples and by Spanish language ability. The urban homestays take place in the Batahola community, which surrounds a Catholic community center. The group will have an opportunity to attend mass there during their stay.
Jan 16, 2010