JJSE students with teacher Catalina Atria in Nicaragua
by JJSE Spanish/Humanities Teacher Catalina Atria
On June 2rd, four JJSE juniors embarked on a 3-week trip to Matagalpa, in Nicaragua. They were sponsored by Global Glimpse, a Bay Area based non-profit that supports young leadership in a globalized world. It took months to get there; students had to apply, study hard during preparation workshops, and fund-raise to cover part of their trips. Once in Nicaragua, we began a cultural and educational exchange during which we learned about politics, education, poverty, fair trade, etc, and engaged in voluntary work teaching English and decorating a soup kitchen for homeless children. We had long days that started at 5am and ended at 11pm; pouring rain that would shut off running water in the city; heat and bugs to run away from; and tons of fun.
As an educator, it was great to see our students in leadership roles. It was truly inspiring to see them work hard stepping out of their comfort zones, doing things for the first time, staying humble, and being comrades to each other through tough times and sickness. Each day, a new student took over the role of leader and guided the rest of the group in the day’s activities. Below are the blog entries for the days that our students were leaders:
Jermaine’s blog post on our first “fun day” (day off):
Megan’s blog post on Poverty:
Brian’s blog post on Aid and Development:
Yuri’s blog post on our second “fun day”:
If you’d like to read about the entire trip, click on this link (and work your way up from the bottom):
It was an honor to have you guys as my travel partners! Enjoy your summer!