Guest Blogger: Brianna Zensky
A few weeks after spending my time in Nicaragua, I have come to reflect on my experience there. Upon our first arrival, it was noticeably different than the United States. They spoke a different language, there was a drastic change of weather, they had a different form of currency, their pace of life was much slower and relaxed than ours, and lastly, the food was different than what we’re accustomed to. Our first few days were somewhat difficult to transition into but living with our host families helped make us feel more at home. Every morning we woke up, had breakfast, then were introduced into the Nicaraguan culture whether it be walking around a museum, learning Spanish, or bargaining at the markets. In the afternoon, we would walk back home to have lunch with our families then proceed to our work sites. Throughout the work week, I spent my time teaching and getting to know a small community in a very poor neighborhood in Granada. Working with these kids and mentors taught me how easy it is to be happy when we focus on the little yet most important things in life. Overall, this trip was one of the most eye opening, enriching experiences I have been blessed to be a part of and I am extremely grateful to have had this opportunity.