Nicaragua Solidarity Project 2009 Itinerary


The College of New Jersey
Itinerary: June 1-10, 2009
Host: Center for Global Education (CGE)

Monday, June 1, 2009
8:05 p.m. Arrival on Continental Flight 1774
Brief Introductions/Health and Safety Indications
Settle into Hotel Mozonte

Tuesday, June 2, 2009
7:30 a.m. Breakfast at Hotel Mozonte
8:30 a.m. Orientation and Review of Program
9:30 a.m. History and Update with Mark Lester, Regional Co-Director, Center for Global Education and the Representative of the Winds of Peace Foundation in Nicaragua at CGE
12:00 noon Lunch at CGE
1:00 p.m. Tour of Downtown Managua
1:40 p.m. Depart for Ciudad Sandino
2:00 p.m. Visit Youth Project of the Center for Popular Education and Communication (CANTERA) and Participate in Activity with Youth Leaders, Anabel Ibarra, Oscar Mayorga, Guillermo, Sergio, Sandra, Milton with Laura Hopps
5:00 p.m. Presentation by Diana Fanguy, Sister of St. Joseph, regarding her work in Latin America and Cantera and Liberation Theology
7:00 p.m. Dinner at Hotel Mozonte; Reflection

Wednesday, June 3, 2009
7:45 a.m. Breakfast at Hotel Mozonte
9:00 a.m. Meet at CGE with Isolda Espinoza, Economist and Gender Expert UNDP Consultant
11:30 a.m. Lunch at CGE
Talk with Gerardo Arias, Batahola Norte Cultural Center Art Instructor
12:30 p.m. Depart for Ciudad Sandino
1:00 p.m. Meeting with Becca Mohally-Renk of Center for Development in Central America/Jubilee House Community working in Nueva Vida, Hurricane Mitch Resettlement Community
Visit Spinning Coop and Meet with Ervin Jesús Estrada Méndez, Gloria Elena Aguirre Baltodano, Evelyn María Solís Ortega, Janneth Elizabeth Alfaro Cabrera, Jenny del Socorro Marenco Bonilla, Nathalia Jesús Martínez, Petrona Damiana Valle García, Petronila del Carmen Sánchez Padilla,Rosa Argentina Urbina, Sara Carolina Narváez Gonzáles, Zulma del Carmen Casco Jirón and others
Visit Health Clinic in Nueva Vida Community
4:30 p.m. Meet with Azucena Ferrey, Former Contra Leader, Member of the FSLN Convergencia at CGE
6:30 p.m. Dinner at Hotel Mozonte; Reflection

Thursday, June 4, 2009
7:15 a.m. Breakfast at Hotel Mozonte
8:15 a.m. Depart for La Corriente
8:30 a.m. Meet with María Teresa Blandón, a Founder of the Feminist Movement at La Corriente Office
10:30 a.m. Depart for Estelí
12:30 p.m. Lunch at El Sesteo in Sébaco
Settle in at Hotel Moderno
3:00 p.m. Meet with the Foundation among Women (La FEM) Including Juana Villareyna, Agronomist and Director, Veronica, Rosibel Ramos and Escarlet Rodriguez
Informal Touring around Estelí
7:00 p.m. Dinner at Café Luz; Reflection

Friday, June 5, 2009
7:00 p.m. Breakfast at Hotel Moderno
8:00 a.m. Meet Henri Acuña, Guide, at UCA Miraflor Office and Depart for Miraflor
10:00 a.m. Visit Vicente Talavera Primary School in the Community of Sontule, Tour School (with Marlon Villareyna) and interact with Students
Meeting with New Dawn Women’s Cooperative about the History of the Community and the Cooperative, what it means to be organized women and what it means to live in a protected area and farm organically (Alba Azucena Flores, Amanda Flores, Mayra Velazquez, Lucia Acuña, Felipa Rugama, Isabel Flores, Maria Antonia Contreras, Anabel Flores, Santos Gonzales, Noemi Castillo, Mefalia Villareyna
12:00 noon Lunch at the Houses of Lucia Acuña, Mefalia Villareyna and Danelia Gamez), Tour Houses and Individual Yards/Planted Areas, Tour Coffee Plantation and Visit Wet Coffee Mill.
Activities and Dinner with Families

Saturday, June 6, 2009
8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Activities with Families
Return to Managua
Visit Crafts Market in Masaya
5:30 p.m. Dinner at Hotel Mozonte
7:00 p.m. Ecological Concert at the Ruben Dario Theater with various Nicaraguan artists: Salvador Cardenal, Alfonsina Cardenal, Elsa Basil, Katia Cardenal, Moises Gadea, Luis Enrique Mejia Goday, Luis Pastor Gonzales, Norma Elena Gadea, Gaby Baca, Mario Montenegro, El Guadulapano and others

Sunday, June 7, 2009
8:00 a.m. Breakfast at Hotel Mozonte
Visit Masaya Volcano Park
Depart for Laguna de Apoyo
Relaxation and Recreation at Crater’s Edge
12:00 p.m. Lunch at Crater’s Edge
2:30 p.m. Depart for Managua and Hotel
4:15 p.m. Depart for Batahola Norte Cultural Center
Tour, Meet with Melvin Hamilton, Scholarship Youth, for Tour of Center
Meet with Laura Hopps and Christine Ruppert about Volunteer Experience
6:00 p.m. Visit Home of Nineth Larios, Artist
7:00 p.m. Dinner at Hotel Mozonte with Chepe Barnett, Little Brother of the Gospel (Bee-keeping Co-op)

Monday, June 8, 2009
7:00 a.m. Breakfast at Hotel Mozonte
8:00 a.m. Depart for Acahualinca
8:30 a.m. Meeting with Maria Elena Bonilla of the Acahual Women’s Center which works on issues such as family violence, prostitution, self-esteem workshops, HIV/AIDS, etc.
11:00 a.m. Depart for ProNicaragua
11:30 a.m.Meet with Maria Margarita Espinosa of ProNicaragua, an investment promotion agency which is a joint venture between private enterprise and the government
1:00 p.m. Lunch at CGE
2:00 p.m. Depart for Dos Generaciones
2:30 p.m. Meeting with Alfonso Gaitan of Dos Generaciones, an organization working with families that work and live in the Managua City Dump, La Chureca
6:30 pm Dinner at Hotel Mozonte, Reflection

Tuesday, June 9, 2009
8:30 a.m. Breakfast at Hotel Mozonte
9:30 a.m. Meet with Rita Arauz, Director of Nimehuatzin, a non-governmental organization working on HIV & AIDS in Nicaragua, and recipient of the UN award for her work on HIV and AIDS in Latin America, at her office. E-mail:
12:30 p.m. Lunch at CGE
1:30 p.m. Visit Esperanza en Acción Crafts Store
Meeting with Emily Hewes and Yamileth Perez
2:30 p.m. Depart for March 8th Women´s Collective
3:00 p.m. Meet with Luz Marina Torres, Director of the March 8th Women´s Collective and Member of Feminist and Women’s Movement
5:30 p.m. Wrap-up/Evaluation

Wednesday, June 10, 2009
4:00 a.m. Coffee and Tea
4:30 a.m. Depart for Airport
6:50 a.m. Departure