• Nicaragua: Playing Basketball in El Castillo

    So what could unite people of such different backgrounds for an afternoon of fun, excitement, and community besides a good Nicaraguan meal? One word - basketball.


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  • Nicaragua: Tasting Nicaraguan Culture

    The sweet little owner named Yamil had a passion for cooking and it showed through at each delicious meal we had. His cooking style blended Nicaraguan, Indian, Italian, and American style dishes. After long days, be it rain, heat, sweat or pure tiredness, the meals Yamil prepared always excited each and every one of our taste buds.


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  • Shabbat Shalom from Nicaragua!

    Our group has settled into our home for the week, and we are immensely enjoying getting to know this town. Each day, we try new foods we’ve never tasted or even heard of before during breakfast at Nena Lodge, where we will be staying throughout our week here. We soak in the view of the […]


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  • Nicaragua: Settling in to Life in El Castillo

    For all of us, it was eye opening to see how these people lived without fresh water or a direct water supply line. Hopefully with the conclusion of this project, their lives might be a little easier.


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  • Nicaragua I: Connecting With New Communities

    By Erica Santiago, Mitzvah Corps Nicaragua I Program Director As our adventure in Nicaragua comes to a close, I am sitting on the front porch of our hostel reflecting on the past few days. It’s been a terrific adventure with a terrific group of teens, staff, and guides. We spent 5 days working alongside Nicaraguan […]


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  • Nicaragua I: Living in the Moment

    Summer of 2015, I came home from URJ Kutz Camp, determined to reunite with my camp friends the next summer. I majored in Torah Corps, minored in Jewish Environmentalism, and participated in daily activities that inspired the wild idea of becoming a rabbi affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism. There was so much to […]


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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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