WHAT WILL WE DO?
Our primary activity will be getting to know our global neighbors in the mountain, coffee-picking community of Santa Emilia, Nicaragua.Â Weâ€™ll learn abouttheir culture; experience daily life with them; and hear their struggles, hopes, and dreams. We will visit, work with, and learn from women who have micro-credit projects; elementary and high school students; subsistence farmers; migrant workers, and community leaders.Â We will help build a house for a family living in desperate conditions, work in the local school, assist in the community clinic, play baseball with the local team; and participate in other community projects.Â And, of course, there will be some time for hiking the beautiful mountains, learning how coffee is grown and processed; sightseeing, and perhaps even visiting a black sands beach!
WHERE WILL WE STAY?
We will spend two nights in modest hotels in the capital city of Managua, four nights in â€œcasitasâ€ built for coffee pickers
on a local coffee farm.Â We may also spend one night with a family in the community. We will eat â€œtipicoâ€ Nicaraguan foodÂ (mostly rice & beans) prepared byÂ the community.Â Our transportation will range from a rented van to Nica buses to lots of walking. Weâ€™ll be traveling light –Â participants are limited to one carryon suitcase per person for the tripâ€”itâ€™s a chance to see what we can do without!
WHAT WILL IT COST?
The cost will be $700 per person PLUS airfare.Â This covers lodging, meals, in country transportation, translator expenses, and trip coordination and leadership for 7 days.Â The only personal costs will be meals en route to and from Nicaragua, your visa, souvenirs, and any unscheduled activities or meals the team decides to add.Â Â Â We have limited space for this adventure — 14 seats!Â Â A $200 non-refundable deposit is due with your registration; balance due by Feb 15.Â Participants should be in good health, able to walk at least Â¼ mile, and must be pre-approved by Pastor Elaine.
For more information contact Pastor Elaine @ St. Andrew Lutheran/Lutheran Campus Center
elainekayolson at gmail dot com or 217-766-6937
JustHope is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create long-termÂ global partnerships that are committed to combatting extreme poverty and increasing global understanding.Â JustHope Global Partners engage one anotherÂ in cultural exchanges, cooperative learning, mutual dialogue, and sharing resources.Â Although partners often engage in development projects together, the focus of the partnerships are on increasing global understanding and empowering self-determination.Â JustHopeâ€™s methodology focuses on leadership development and sustainability â€“ in both the global partnerships we help establish andÂ in any development projects the partners undertake together.