The main part of the Gordon College trip to Nicaragua is spent at CICRIN, a children’s center on the island of Ometepe, in the middle of Lake Nicaragua. The center is run by Hellen Elizondo, who moved from Costa Rica to Nicaragua to live out her passion for helping the Nicaraguan children.
In previous years, students have participated in various different work projects, from helping to build stairs down to the lake and constructing foundations for new offices, to installing drainage systems for the wet season, painting buildings, and helping out anywhere else they were needed. Most afternoons and nights are spent resting and spending time (and attempting Spanish conversations) with the children. On a few occasions students are able to go into the community, do activities with the kids, and work with the local church.
One evening is dedicated to the women of the church through hand massages, manicures, and prayer, as students get to know them and share their love for God. The team leaves the orphanage with a better understanding of the Nicaraguan culture, love for the people of CICRIN, and a connection to God’s global kingdom.
Throughout the week students also have the chance to explore parts of the country and experience God’s beautiful creation. In the past they have hiked parts of a volcano to a spectacular 300 foot waterfall, eaten pizza with backpackers hidden in the Nicaraguan forests, and so much more. While enjoying these breathtaking moments is wonderful, students also experience the material poverty that covers much of the country and the shocking differences between the two cultures. Gordon College hopes to maintain our relationship with CICRIN and continue to help and learn from the people of Nicaragua.
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