Cathedral School for Boys 2017

February 11-17, 2017
Thirty-four students and four teachers from Cathedral School for Boys traveled with us to Nicaragua and spent the week working with the rural community on projects like helping clean up and set up a family farm, help build furniture with the Youth Carpentry Program and make handicrafts with the Youth Arts Program. Students also got to practice their Spanish language skills at their homestay:

“I love trying to speak Spanish, even though our homestay families may not understand me at all. I used some vocabulary from past Spanish classes, and I used my hands to express actions I didn't know how to say. I haven't talked much, but Cooper, my roommate, sure does! Mostly what he says is: "Mucho MUCHO gracias!" and "Es MUY perfecto!" This is hilarious to me and Baker, my other roommate, but at least Cooper is trying to communicate. I try to do my best speaking, and not sound completely dumb!” – Nicky

Students visited the Leon Cathedral, the Revolutionary Museum, and took an appreciation for the revolutionary murals with the guidance of former guerillas. A highlight for the students was their hike up to Cerro Negro, the youngest in Central America:

“Cerro Negro was amazing. I was glad to do an outside activity that included mountains (one of my favorite things in the world!) and a little more physical exertion than say farming, but it was also very windy (us who were light were worried of getting blown away). It had a beautiful view of a forest almost like a large national park that you would see in the US. It was quite an experience to climb up a volcano, I quite enjoyed being able to learn about the craters and see firsthand how it exploded, how lava flowed, and how it affected the landscape. I think that I received support from the people who had my back when I was hiking and slipped; who told us how to board down the mountain; and who taught us about all of the natural aspects of it all. Overall, it was a very incredible and exciting experience.” – Henri

To close out the week, the homestays hosted a party to celebrate the visit and support that CSB provided to ViviendasLeón. For the final part of the trip, CSB went to Lago Apoyo, a fresh water volcanic crater lake where the students got the opportunity to swim, relax, and reflect on a week of service.

Trip basics
ViviendasLeón and the Cathedral School for Boys will partner for the first time this year to create a unique global education program.  The goal of global education is to place students in learning situations outside the classroom, challenging them to use their skills in new ways, examine their own preconceptions, find their inner strengths and return with new capacities and insights.  Students will immerse themselves in international development work, Nicaraguan culture, history and language. They will live in home stays and have the opportunity to practice their language skills at home and in morning Spanish classes. Throughout the week students will visit local and regional landmarks such as the Leon Cathedral, the Revolutionary Museum, hike up El Cerro Negro and take a night tour of the Masaya Volcano. Students will also spend afternoons working side by side with rural families in the communities where we have been working for more than 10 years, contributing to the sustainable community projects like food security farming and arts education.