It has been awhile since I’ve posted about the trip and the school build. It has been a great few days filled with all sorts of emotions. 

When we arrived at the school on Friday it was just beginning with just a few holes for the foundation being dug. When we left yesterday the block walls were progressing and within a few weeks the classroom will be finished. We have also been very welcomed by the community and were provided with small gifts when we departed. Not only were we working on building the school but we also had a chance to play with the students and talk to them about the importance of education and staying in school.

While in Matagalpa we also had a chance to visit a coffee production facility called a beneficiary. 

For the next few days we are visiting others schools and being Nicaraguan tourists exploring this wonderful country.

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Made it safe and sound to Nicaragua. The flight on Avianca was great, lots of leg room, meal and drinks all included. After spending the night in Managua at Hotel Los Pinos we traveled to Managua and then up into the mountains to the El Povenir school. The school is in a picturesque spot nestled in amongst coffee bushes. It is a very humbling and emotional experience as you walk up to the school and are welcomed to cheers and signs with your name on it. I’ll let the pictures and videos speak for themselves.

On to my next adventure

Posted: November 23, 2017 in Uncategorized

I’m sitting at the airport waiting to board my plane for my next adventure. For the next 10 days I will be back in Nicaragua. I was first in Nicaragua in 2014 with the organization SchoolBox. 

SchoolBox builds schools, provides resources and other supports to help improve the education of students in Nicaragua. 

Over the next 10 days I will be working on building a classroom at a school near Matagalpa. Currently the junior students in grades 4-6 are sharing a classroom with the kindergarten class. The only separation between the two classrooms is a tarp.

After working at the school we will also have time to explore other parts of the country. I am looking forward to the visit to the coffee co-op farm and tasting some great coffee.

Stay tuned here, Facebook and Twitter for updates on my latest adventure.

My Next Journey

Posted: September 23, 2017 in SchoolBox Trip

Back in 2014, I traveled to Nicaragua with SchoolBox to help build a new school in the community of Jardines de Apoyo.

In November, I have the opportunity to travel with this amazing organization again.  I will be helping build a classroom  at the El Porvenir School in Matagalpa.  This is a small community in the coffee growing region of Nicaraugua.  Currently the school has 77 students from kindergarten to grade 6.  Currently the kindergarten students share a classroom with the 4th, 5th and 6th graders, divided only by a piece of plastic. Lack of space and excessive noise make it an extremely challenging learning environment. This build will add an additional classroom so that all students have an optimal learning environment. For information about this project please check out https://schoolbox.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/El-Porvenir-Matagalpa-Project-Proposal-2017.pdf

During my 2014 trip I witnessed first hand the challenges that student and teachers face in this community.  Children were learning  in classrooms without walls or using tarps as walls.  The metal roofs had holes in them, letting the rain in.  At one point during the trip, I had the opportunity to assist some students with their math.  It was a windy day and the dust from the sandy yard was blowing through the class and blowing the books and papers around.  Despite this, the children were resilient and worked hard, as they realized how important education is to help them out of the cycle of extreme poverty.  Another thing that blew me away during this trip was how the community members, including the students would come to the build site to help build their new school.  To learn more about my last trip you can check out this link. https://canoeheadjay.wordpress.com/category/schoolbox-trip/

I have set a goal of $500 to help build the school.  These funds will go directly to the classroom building project.  Any donations are greatly appreciated.

To donate follow this link:  Making Education Possible – CanadaHelps