Back in November, I applied to the NYIT career services’ Alternative Spring Break trip to Nicaragua. I was so happy when I received the email that I got accepted into the program. On my birthday too! Every week, the group of us would meet and discuss what our job is when we get there and when we come back. The goal was to gather as much research as possible about the water contamination in the communities, mainly around Managua, the capitol. We went to three different communities, learning they all had the same problem: the water was too contaminated to drink. I was really surprised, however, how happy they were with the life they had. We kept asking them “if you could have one thing what would it be?” Most of us thought it would be money, #1stworldproblems, but their answer was “just clean water.” Their main concern was clean, drinking water, everything else they had was good enough for them. It really got me thinking like wow, the poor, lower class here in America are always depressed and angry because they wish to have what the rich, upper class have. But in Nicaragua, no one wishes to be rich, no one wishes to leave their beautiful country, they just want to live comfortably and with what they have. We asked one of the little girls who came to the camp if she could be anywhere in the world where would she be. She told us, “nowhere, I like it here.” I didn’t even know what to say! It really makes me re-think how I look at life and how I handle myself now. This trip to Nicaragua taught me so much and I enjoyed every minute of it. The children were amazing and the people in the communities were so nice and humble, I really hope I get to go back and be able to see if I made a difference in at least one child’s life. It was definitely the trip of a lifetime!
Nicaragua: My Alternative Spring Break