Friday was a relitively quiet day for the group in Nicaragua in terms of activities, but a busy day academically. Today was the day that the 6 undergraduate students in the group cranked out the majority of the group paper discussing our first 3 weeks in country and hilighting the organizations we have visited through the lens of international sustainable community development (that is after all the point of the class and our primary reason for being in Nicaragua). As Jason would say, this is not a vacation, so some days of mainly academic work are warrented, and San Ramon isn´t a bad place to write a paper. The group split the paper into several topic areas related to community development, including community engagement, entry points for organizations in terms of their local projects, labor relations, and environment and health among others. Writing a group paper is a challenge…but with a large amount of information from all of our organization visits and observations throughout Nicaragua, the task was less daunting than it could have been. Tomorrow the group will wrap up the paper and have the first of our two courses in Nicaragua complete.
While most ofthe group worked on their paper, Dr. White and the graduate students took a day trip back to Matagalpa to finish up some logisitical planning for the upcoming final week of our time here. We´ve got one more day in San Ramon before heading off to our various sites for the final week´s practicum.