In the last month, Quetzaltrekkers has sponsored two amazing Peace Corps projects in Nicaragua. The Peace Corps program in Nicaragua is one of the most extensive Peace Corps programs in Latin America. Today, 177 Peace Corps volunteers serve in Nicaragua. Quetzaltrekkers has a very strong relationship with the Peace Corps. In fact, the 2014-2015 Quetzaltrekkers Director was a former Peace Corps Volunteer. Peace Corps volunteers worked with Quetzaltrekkers to organize a world map mural in El Sause, Nicaragua and a entrepreneurship contest for high school students in Leon.
This Halloween, Quetzaltrekkers is offering a super scary overnight volcano boarding hike! We will start the day at 2:30 on Saturday, October 31st and head to Cerro Negro Volcano. Everyone is encouraged to wear costumes and guides will have face paint on hand to turn you into the zombie, butterfly or monster of your nightmares. We will arrive at Cerro Negro around 3:30. A merry band of costumed guides will take guests on hike up the volcano to check out the crater and go volcano boarding. After surfing down the volcano once, there will be a choice of going volcano boarding a second time or climbing to a buena vista on Cerro Negro to watch the sunset.
In addition to providing monthly financial support to four local non-for-profits that help at-risk kids in Leon, Nicaragua, Quetzaltrekkers also runs its own scholarship program. Recipients of the scholarship are required to maintain high grades and take great pride in submitting their report cards every semester. In return, Quetzaltrekkers pledges to pay the kids’ school fees through university and also pays for some kids to take English classes at the Casa de Cultura. This past weekend, Quetzaltrekkers welcomed these brilliant students for a special lunch at our office. It was a happy, crazy day, filled with games, burritos and proud parents.
As is the case in other Central American countries, Nicaraguan children attend school in shifts. Children typically attend school in either the morning or afternoon. And some children only go to school on Saturdays. After school programs are nonexistent in Nicaragua and children usually have more than half of the day free. Students are typically required to pay school fees for basic supplies and school uniforms. Most schools are unable to afford sports equipment, musical instruments, and technology. As a result, Nicaraguan schools are only able to offer basic subjects to students. Quetzaltrekkers funds many programs that provide children with safe, adult supervised spaces and fun extracurricular activities during the hours they don’t have school. Continue reading
Aguas Frias is the name of a community that is 30 minutes away from the Telica`s crater, one of our famous hikes. The small community has 54 families, all living together as a team. It wasn’t the first time that Quetzaltrekkers helped this community, in 2009 we built a couple of latrines for the school.
One of the biggest needs of Aguas Frias was its school, a place for around 60 kids. The school had only one destroyed classroom where two teachers tried to teach six different grades, the floor was full of holes because of the leaks on the roof and the classroom was literally falling apart. Continue reading
Nicaragua has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in Central America. According to government between 40 and 45 percent of all pregnancies registered in the country are of women 14 to 19 years of age. The result is a huge number of single mums, because many dads simply deny the responsibilities of new parenthood.
One of the better ways to help combat these statistics comes through proper education and better access to contraception for teenagers. When Quetzaltrekkers heard about a sexual education workshop hosted by three young Nicaraguan women we wanted to know more. Continue reading
June is when Nicaragua celebrates Children’s Month. Many schools, neighborhoods and communities will be celebrating this month where parties are in preparation with surprises for children.
For years Nicaragua has been promoting the concept of the rights of children and today there are laws protecting children and their rights. But thousands of children in the country do not experience the full joys of childhood and the rights given to them and many of them do not have the benefit of an education passed grade five. Continue reading
May 30th is the day designated as Mother’s Day in Nicaragua. They make certain that their mothers get the recognition that they deserve and schools are given the day off to prepare big celebrations to give moms lots of love.
Our project celebrated the day with the mothers and the kids, which involved traditional dance routines, a piñata, and games. They did everything to organize the best celebration ever. Continue reading
The school Hermanos de Salsburgo is located in the neighborhood of Fundesi in Leon. Around 300 kids attend the school from kindergarten to middle school.
It was the director of the school who came to the Quetzaltrekkers office more than one time asking for help. If the director took the time to come several times it was worthy to check out. The first visit we found a big school with beautiful painting walls but with lots of needs, one of them was the playground for the 30 kindergarteners who were having their break inside the classrooms. The games were old and rusted, and most importantly it wasn’t a safe place for them. Continue reading