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September 21, 2017

I came to Nicaragua days after finishing my final semester of college. It was my first time using Spanish abroad. It was longest time that I would spend away from home. However, I knew from my family and friends that I would be in good hands.

I arrived for the wedding of Yacarely and Kellan, Enlace Project’s co-founders. This was orientation in overdrive. It was the b...

August 31, 2017

You may know Maria Alejandra from the Enlace Project English Class where she has excelled since she began taking classes four years ago. Her English studies have lead to opportunities as an interpreter this past year, both with Enlace Project and with other groups outside of El Sauce. Most recently, she joined Enlace Project’s teaching staff a language instructor and...

August 22, 2017

On July 25th, Enlace Project’s new intern Jesse and I took the journey up to Taquezal to attend the

inauguration of their new school, which was built in collaboration with Linking Hands for Learning, the Ministry of Education, and the Mayor’s Office of El Sauce. Jesse and I hopped in the back of our driver Pedro’s pickup truck to ride the bumpy road to Taquezal. The l...

August 1, 2017

The English Class has been a cornerstone of Enlace Project programming for years. It has evolved into a steadfast program whose principle goal is to provide students with valuable skills for new employment opportunities. The English class also facilitates cultural exchange and expands Enlace Project’s network in El Sauce and beyond.

After arriving at the beginning of...

May 12, 2017

Last month, we had a chance to visit the Fuente de Pino cooperative location in Los Altos de Colorado. During our visit, we were able to pick up a new order of baskets, look back on the history of the cooperative and share exciting developments for the future.

Looking back, cooperative president Feliciana Mendosa Dabila remembers the small beginnings of the cooperativ...

April 5, 2017

Caponeras have been a staple of Sauceño transportation for around two decades. Caponeras are bicycle taxis for two to three passengers who sit in front of the caponero (the driver). Caponera is a term specific to Nicaragua that comes from the title of a Colombian telenovela (soap opera) that featured these taxis (see this clip). Some caponeras, as seen in the diagram...

April 5, 2017

Enlace Project congratulates Enlace Project Geneseo on receiving a college-wide Volunteer and Service Award from SUNY Geneseo. President Allegra Miccio, Treasurer Justin Fischer, Secretary Braeden Sharer and other members of the organization attended the award ceremony at the Big Tree Inn on March 21. The award was proudly presented by Enlace Project Co-Founder Kella...

March 22, 2017

We were excited to welcome the first group from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to El Sauce. Mechanical engineering major David Swerzenski is representing his team working on a senior capstone project under the direction of Professor Sarah Brownell. The team’s goal is to explore ways to recycle, process, and transform plastic waste into new products in El Sau...