Nicaragua Delegation Application
This educational delegation will introduce students to the political, economic, and cultural histories of Nicaragua, a country graced by its natural beauty and the resilient spirit of its people as they work to overcome the aftermath of colonization, military interventions, economic exploitation, and natural disasters. This 10-day study tour is organized by ProNica, a Quaker organization founded in 1987 to build “sustainable cross-cultural relationships between the people of North America and Nicaragua” and will be led by Kaye Edwards, Associate Professor of Independent College Programs, and Carmen Gonzalez, who has lived in Nicaragua for over 20 years.
Prof. Edwards has a long-standing engagement with public health, community-based learning, social justice, and Quakerism. In 2010, she accompanied a similar delegation for six Haverford students, each of whom stayed on to work with grassroots organizations in urban barrios and rural communities. For this coming summer, a student can apply for just the 10-day delegation or s/he can link it to a self-designed internship in Nicaragua. If you would like to stay on, ProNica can help you find an internship placement as well as arrange for home stays with Nicaraguan families for your internship. Those students planning a long-term internship in Nicaragua for summer 2012 should meet with International Program Coordinator Chloe Tucker (firstname.lastname@example.org) before submitting a Self-Designed Internship application.
The delegation begins in Managua, where we will stay at Quaker House, learn more about Nicaraguan culture, speak with community leaders, and visit sites important in the Sandinista revolution. From there, we will travel to smaller cities and villages in the central highlands, such as San Marcos, Matagalpa, San Ramon, Esteli, Largatillo, and Achuapa to meet with grassroots organizations that provide integrated health care, opportunities for childhood and adult education, and link producers to fair trade markets. We will speak with women whose husbands and children were killed during the Sandinista Revolution and the Contra War, with adults who provide a safe space for children living in La Chureca, the largest open land-fill in Central America, with women’s healthcare providers, with farmers, librarians, artists and shopkeepers. These interactions will help us understand on a deeper level how international policies and interventions affect the lives of our Nicaraguan neighbors and how we can be in solidarity with them as they build healthier and more sustainable communities.
Prior to the delegation, participants will be provided with links to databases with health, educational, and economic indicators for Nicaragua as well as readings about the history of US-Nicaragua relationships, theories of structural violence and liberation theology, and practices of solidarity formation. During the delegation, there will be seminar-style discussions each evening integrating these reading materials and site visits.