Jason and I spent this past week in the beautiful country of Nicaragua! A friend of Jason’s from Columbia Business School is from Nicaragua and he arranged an incredible trip for about 45 friends. We spent some time in San Juan del Sur, a gorgeous beach city (Interesting fun fact: This crescent shaped bay was a popular resting place for gold prospectors headed to California in the 1850s. Like California, this coastal town is on the Pacific Ocean). We also spent a few days in Granada (a city with rich colonial history, located in Western Nicaragua). Nicaragua was gorgeous, the people were friendly and welcoming and everything is incredibly affordable! We had the most fabulous time with great friends, beautiful scenery and delicious drinks!
While we were there, we received a presentation on a great cause, the program, “One Laptop Per Child”. This presentation was specifically on the implementation of “One Laptop Per Child” in Nicaragua through “Fundacion Zamora Teran”. In Nicaragua, a majority of the population lives on $2 per day. This program creates a way for grade-school children to receive a personal laptop to use for school. The program educates the teachers at the schools about the capabilities (internet accessibility, typing programs, core curriculum programs, etc) of the laptops. In Nicaragua, through donations, the schools are able to set up internet connections and the children are able to use the laptops as part of their studies. Check out these two sites if you’re interested and want to learn more about these incredible organizations!
One Laptop per Child: http://one.laptop.org/
Fundacion Zamora Teran (Nicaragua): http://www.fundacionzt.org/
Below are some highlights from our awesome trip to Nicaragua!