National English Singing Competition 2016

singing comp

This year, we had the honor of attending the National English Singing Competition with our school and one of our students who qualified for the competition.  There were 38 participants representing various departments and autonomous regions of the country.  While she didn’t place, Karen rocked it!  We’re super proud of her, our teachers, and our school.

National Treasures – The 50 Córdoba Bill

This is a post in our series On Culture and Currency: History Lessons in the Palms of our Hands.

Cañón de Somoto

Cañón de Somoto
Cañón de Somoto

The Somoto Canyon is one of the true treasures of Nicaragua. Only recently has this natural wonder been utilized as an eco-tourism destination, so it still feels off the beaten path. In the department of Madríz, in the northern most section of the country, the Rio Coco has formed this beautiful feature. When my sister, Kari, came to visit last year, Continue reading National Treasures – The 50 Córdoba Bill

Why did the chickens cross the road?


They didn’t! And thank goodness as this happens to be one of the busiest highways in Nicaragua with cars and motorcycles constantly speeding past.  The real question is why are their chickens wandering around the city of Managua? #TodoEsPosibleEnNicaragua

Dicho for Being Undecided

It’s election season!  While true for the US, it’s also true for Nicaragua.  As an apolitical organization, whose tenure in the country only lasts for as long as we have the invitation of the government, we are instructed not to give our opinion on Nicaraguan politics. Therefore, if this dicho gets directed our way, we must be doing something right:

Ni sos chicha ni limonada – You are neither a fermented, raspberry-flavored corn beverage nor lemonade.

Basically, this means you’re unaffiliated, or on the fence.  If Ken Bone’s overnight celebrity status extends to Nicaragua, this dicho could be used to help orient the crowd to why he was selected to be on the debate stage in the first place.  It can also be used for someone who changes their opinions on an issue.  For so many reasons, this is the perfect dicho for this October.

#MyTown – Photo Challenge

September’s Photo Challenge from Blogging Abroad helped us focus in our our town – Estelí, Estelí.  While our other photos are from all around Nicaragua, this challenge was completed just with pictures from our site. May these photos give you a glimpse into the beauty, complexity, and wonder that is Estelí.


Blogging Abroad Photo Challenge:

Blogging Abroad photo challenge

Digital ambassadors promoting cross-cultural exchange.


Hosting Practicum Week for TEFL68


Hosting 12 of the amazing TFL trainees here in Esteli this past week has been a true highlight of our service. We feel so inspired by their enthusiasm and positivity, their professionalism and go-getter attitudes, and their willingness to learn about Nicaraguan culture and people we hold so dear. Best of luck on your last few weeks of training, Nica68!

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