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Nicaragua Solidarity Project 2011 Itinerary


Actual Program
College of New Jersey (HLZ)
Travel Seminar in Nicaragua
June 1 – 10, 2011




June 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9:
Hotel Mozonte in Managua
Entrada a PriceMart 1.5c al lago,
frente donde fue la Emb Francia      
Tel:(505) 2266-0686
Fax: (505) 8886-1775  
Monday, June 6:
Sontule, Miraflor, Estelí
Family Stays

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
8:05 pm    Arrival on Continental Flight 1774
     Brief Introductions/Health and Safety Indications
     Settle into Hotel Mozonte
Thursday, June 2, 2011
7:30 am    Breakfast at Hotel Mozonte
8:30 am    Orientation and Review of Program

10:00 am 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
1:30 pm    Departure for Ciudad Sandino

2:00 pm Meeting at The Club with Anabel Ibarra who works with the National Council of Youth and has been a community activist for many years in Ciudad Sandino. She teaches the gender workshop for the Youth Project of the Center for Popular Education and Communication (CANTERA) and is a young feminist voice. Sharing on gender situation of young women in the country
3:15 pm Meeting at The Club with Anabel Ibarra, Guillermo Marenco, Oscar Mayorga, Roxana Lira, Juan Carlos Gaitan and Lauren Trout on organizational initiatives among youth in Ciudad Sandino

4:30 pm    Tour of Downtown
6:30 pm    Dinner at Hotel Mozonte
8:00 pm    Departure for Ruta Maya  
Celebration of World Environmental Day with Katia Cardenal and the Banda del Tiempo, with Gustavo Bucardo, Alfonsina Cardenal and Sebastian Cardenal ( ).
Friday, June 3, 2011
7:45 am    Breakfast at Hotel Mozonte
8:30 am    Departure for Depart for Ciudad Sandino  

9:00 am Meeting with Becca Mohally-Renk, Representative of the Center for Development in Central America/Jubilee House Community, working in Nueva Vida, Hurricane Mitch Resettlement Community   
  Tour of Sustainable Development Projects

Visit Genesis Spinning Coop and Meeting with Sara Carolina Narváez González, Jamileth Bravo, María Mercedes Serrano Mejía, Geovany de los Ángeles García Valle ( ), Rosa Argentina Urbina and other members
Tour of Health Clinic in Nueva Vida
12:30 pm    Lunch at CGE
      Departure for United Nations

2:00 pm Meeting with Maria Rosa Renzi, Economic Advisor, Director of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Unit in the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) office and the local representative of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)  

6:30 pm    Dinner at Hotel Mozonte
Saturday, June 4, 2011
7:00 am    Breakfast at Hotel Mozonte
7:45 am    Departure for Batahola Norte Cultural Center  

8:00 am Conversation about Volunteer Program with Greta Tom and Amanda Otero, Batahola Volunteers
8:30 am Mural Tour and Conversation with Scholarship Students: Claudia Mercado, ) and Jennifer Bello, )


9:30 am Presentation and Discussion with Gender Violence Prevention Project Staff: Ivania Noelia Pineda Romero, Psychologist and Marcos Aurelio Espinoza, Promoter and Administrative Team Members: Sonia Olivares, Ileana Zuniga and Jennifer Marshall

11:30 am    Participation in Level 3 Dance Class with Patricia Ruiz
12:30 noon    Lunch at Cocina de Dona Haydee   with Greta Tom and Amanda Otero
1:45 pm    Departure for Masaya Volcano Park
3:00 pm    Visit Crafts Market in Masaya
     Return to Managua   
6:30 pm    Dinner at Hotel Mozonte  
7:30 pm    Visit by Ninette Larios from Batahola with Music and Crafts  
Sunday, June 5, 2011
8:30 am    Breakfast at Hotel Mozonte
9:30 am    Departure for Granada
10:40 am    Boat Tour of the Isletas in Lake Cocibolca with Nelson and Leonel Mora
12:00 noon    Departure for Apoyo Crater Lake
     Lunch at the La Abuela Ecolodge
     Swimming and Relaxation
5:15 pm    Return to Managua
     Preparation for travel to Estelí
6:30 pm    Dinner at Hotel Mozonte
Monday, June 6, 2011
6:00 am    Breakfast at Hotel Mozonte

7:00 am Departure for Estelí and the Office of the Miraflor Union of Agricultural Cooperatives (UCA), Producing Coffee for the Fair Trade Market

10:00 am    Meet Henri Acuña, Guide, at UCA Miraflor Office and Depart for Miraflor

12:30 pm Lunch at the Homes of Lucia Acuña and Mayra Velasquez, Members of the New Dawn Women’s Cooperative
2:00 pm Tour Individual Yards/Planted Areas and Well
3:00 pm Meeting with New Dawn Women’s Cooperative about the History of the Community and the Cooperative, Being Organized Women and Living and Farming Organically in a Protected Area: Mefalia Villareyna, Mayra Velazquez, Anabel Flores, Angela Peralta, Santos Gonzales, Josefina Mena, Modesta Flores, Maria Antonia Contreras, Nilda Flores, Alba Azucena Flores, Adela Castillo, Danelia Gamez, Ana Lucia Villareyna, Felipa Rugama, Lucia Acuña and Rafaela Gonzalez

     Divide Group among Families
Dinner and Activities with Families
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Breakfast and Activities with Families
7:45 am    Visit to Vicente Talavera Primary School
in the Community of Sontule
8:30 am    Return to Managua
1:30 pm    Lunch at Ruta Maya
2:15 pm    Return to Hotel Mozonte
3:10 pm    Departure for MAM Office

3:30 pm Meeting with Juanita Jimenez, Executive Director, Autonomous Women’s Movement

6:30 pm    Dinner at Hotel Mozonte
Visit by Gerardo Arias and Ninette Larios from Batahola Norte Cultural Center
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
7:30 am    Breakfast at Hotel Mozonte
8:30 am    Departure for Acahualinca

9:00 am Meeting with Norma Villalta, Director of the Acahual Women’s Center which works on issues such as family violence, prostitution, self-esteem workshops, HIV/AIDS, etc.

Hair Styling Session
11:30 am    Departure for Batahola Norte
Meeting with Emily Hewes from Esperanza en Accion Crafts Store
12:30 noon    Lunch at CGE
     Visit to Loma de Tiscap Overlook of Managua

1:30 pm   Departure for Acahualinca


2:00 pm Visit to NicaHOPE Economic Development Program, a project of Fabretto Children’s Foundation. They offer different educational programs for communities who work in and around La Chureca, the Managua city dump. We will learn about a program that trains adult and teen workers in jewelry making and business skills. This specific program has motivated these teens to remain in school as the earnings from the sale of their own pieces exceed the income they would earn working in the dump.
  Meeting with Maryeling Murillo, Director and Mallory Erickson, Jewelry Program Director
  Jewelry Making Session with Mery Moncada (Instructor), Maria Mayorga, Coni Pavon, Darling Hernandez, Joselin Barbas, Brenda Mayorga, Holman Guido and Gretel Mayorga     

6:30 pm    Dinner at Hotel Mozonte
Thursday, June 9, 2011
7:30 am    Breakfast at Hotel Mozonte
8:30 am    Departure for La Corriente

8:45 am Meeting with María Teresa Blandón, a Founder of the Feminist Movement, Founder and Regional Coordinator of La Corriente, a Central American feminist organization and the Director of the Gender and Development Master’s Program at the Central American University (UCA)  
10:30 am Meeting with Rita Arauz, Director of Nimehuatzin Foundation (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
1:00 pm    Lunch at Paladar
1:30 pm    Departure for U.S. Embassy

2:00 pm Embassy Briefing with Matt Kaehr (Intern), Will Cobb (Consul), Levi Shepherd (Economic Section), Nick Griffith (Political Officer), Mary Bliss (USAID), Jan Howard (USAID)

3:30 pm    Departure for La Corriente

4:00 pm Meeting with Cristina Arevala and Juanita Urbina, Representatives of the All Rights for All Women Campaign

6:30 pm    Dinner at Hotel Mozonte
     Reflection and Evaluation
Friday, June 10, 2011
7:30 am    Breakfast at Hotel Mozonte
8:30 am    Wrap-up/Evaluation
9:30 am    Departure for Airport
12:20pm     Departure on Continental Airlines Flight #1813

Driver: Eduardo Velasquez
Cooks: Maria Elena Rodriguez and Anita Canales
Ruth Garrido, Mark Lester, Anne McSweeney