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
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
Quetzaltrekkers has a good relationship with KM. 18 School, located close to Cerro Negro volcano. We built and painted a library, we donate school supplies every year and we helped with graduation day. Because of all these projects together, Marlene the responsible of the library knock one more time our door to make us part of a Math Competition celebrated with five more schools.
The purpose of the competition was to bring all these schools together and built a relationship between the students and teachers, also it was a way to challenge the kids. Continue reading
Last Saturday the Quetzaltrekkers volunteers and two parents spent the day painting five classrooms from the Special Schools in Leon. The Special school, located on Sutiaba neighborhood, exists since 1975 and at the moment it has around 150 children between 5 and 18 years old. It is the only school of its kind in the whole department and accepts kids with handicaps as cerebral palsy, blind, deaf-mute, Down syndrome and other special needs. Continue reading
Quetzatrekkers Leon has been working with communities in Somoto, Madriz since 2009. Our Somoto Canyon hike brings us right into the backyard of many small communities. Our goal has always been to work with these marginalized communities that we come into contact during our hikes.
In the past we built a kitchen and classroom to use as a library in the school. We also fixed the roof and put new floor in three class rooms, all with the help of Henry Soriano, community leader, and the parents who committed their time to help in the construction. Helping this community was really rewarding for us, but we knew that more schools around this area needed our help.
I think that for most of us who have the opportunity to be involved with Quetzaltrekkers, it is a life-changing experience. We get to spend 3 months (at least) exploring the amazing outdoors of Nicaragua, navigating a new culture, eating tons of rice and beans, and last but not least, getting to work with awesome like-minded volunteers from all over the world, hopefully making lifelong friends. Sadly, when we say goodbye, we often do not know when we will see each other again. We do our best to make plans to reunite but life and long expensive flights can get in the way. Continue reading