• Connecting with Nicaragua

    We really felt connected with kids, and the country as a whole.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from Nicaragua!

    Just a few days ago, we sat in an air conditioned room at a Hampton inn in Miami imagining our adventure ahead. What would it be like? How would each teen handle the challenge? What would It feel like to see a world so different than our own? This week in the Torah we read, “All the people that […]


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  • Shabbat Shalom from Mitzvah Corps

    And just like that, our 53rd summer has officially commenced!


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  • Embracing Nicaragua

    It was a life changing trip for myself... The experience was even more special because of the deep connections that we formed with the people we interacted with, and has forever changed our perspectives on life as a whole.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from El Castillo!

    By: Eliot Weinstein, Beth Lipschutz, and Michael Wagner, Staff Team, Mitzvah Corps Nicaragua-El Castillo As we prepare to welcome Shabbat, we’ve been blessed with the opportunity to reflect on this week’s Torah portion, Va’etchanan, which resonates particularly strongly today. Va’etchanan includes the words of theSh’ma prayer (Deuteronomy 6:4-9), Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, […]


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  • Feeling More Connected Than Ever

    Communication in the world we live is often times taken for granted. Everyone here in El Castillo is doing well. In fact, we are really great. Our group has been talking - not on the phone, but to each other and to local Nicaraguans in all sorts of ways. Sometimes we talk by passing buckets of concrete to build the andenes (sidewalks) so that people who live farther away from main street will feel less marginalized and feel that they are truly a part of their community.


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  • Mid-Trip Update – Nicaragua-El Castillo

    After making our way to El Castillo, we were greeted so warmly by members of the community, and immediately felt like one of them! The people here were so excited not only to meet us, but had been waiting in anticipation specifically because we are from Mitzvah Corps. This made us feel not only like family, but so connected to the groups who have been here before. The Hebrew phrase, da lifney mi atah omed, "know before whom you stand," is certainly fitting, as we are so proud to continue the work of our peers who have spent time in this beautiful and inspirational city.


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  • How to Be Happy

    After a few weeks back in the real world, I've realized what a big difference there is from a suburb of Chicago to the beautiful city of Granada, Nicaragua. Before the trip, I thought I was so privileged and lucky, but now I honestly believe in a lot of ways that the people in Nicaragua are luckier than I could ever be.


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