San Francisco Friends School 2017

March 31-April 7, 2017
Building on years of partnership, San Francisco Friends, and their 62 travelers joined ViviendasLeón for a global education program for seventh graders that touches on the major themes of global citizenship, cultural immersion, community building, personal agency and international service. Students traveled to León where they met their home stay families got settled in and went for a relaxing swim at the local sports club. After having breakfast with their home stay families, the students met up for guest speakers that spoke on topics about the political, economic and cultural history of the country.

Students then went into the center of the city and had the opportunity to visit and explore cultural and historical sites there. They got the chance to visit the León Cathedral, admire the revolutionary murals, and visited museums. After spending part of the day in the city, the students got lunch and headed out to the rural community. There the students participated in meaningful service work. Students participated in projects like the working alongside community members in their Family Farms, worked on art projects with local youth and helped support the construction of furniture through recycled materials too. After spending four days in León the students packed up said goodbye to their home stay parents and boarded the bus for their next adventure.

Making their way to the cloud forest of Miraflor where students explored the biological diversity of the cloud forest and organic farming practices of local families working to preserve the environment that supports their way of life. They visited coffee plantations, had an orchid and amphibian night tour as well. After spending a great week in Nicaragua, San Francisco Friends School ended the trip with a night of cultural music and dance.

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Trip basics
ViviendasLeón and the San Francisco Friends School have partnered since 2010 to develop a global education program for seventh graders that touches on the major themes of global citizenship, cultural immersion, community building, personal agency and international service. Students travel to León for four days working in Sutiaba on projects ranging from food security farming to building construction and arts education. Living in home-stays in León, they experience the cultural richness and warm hospitality of Nicaragua. From there they travel to Miraflor where they explore the biological diversity of the cloud forest and organic farming practices of local families working to preserve the environment that supports their way of life.