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22 Sep

Language Lesson

Back home in Maryland I work for, perhaps, the most highly esteemed baseball company in the nation, the Baseball Factory. It’s a blessing to be apart of a company that has within itself some of the brightest, hardworking people in the entire baseball world. Coaches and instructors that bring decades of combined playing and coaching experience. Player representatives the truly care if and when a student athlete makes the big decision of where to continue his or her playing career....

15 Sep

Nicaragua from my Athletic Eyes

This is my first blog post. My name is Jason and I am a current intern in the Waves of Hope program located in Manzano #1 in Chinandega, Nicaragua. Waves of Hope is a Canadian based non profit organization founded by Jamie Collum and Ben Orton and Earl Cahill, that aims at eliminating poverty, creating sustainable jobs, and equipping community members with resources to better their living. I would like to thank every one of you that helped me get...

02 Aug

Making Waves – Three Years and counting

Waves of Hope quietly celebrated its third anniversary this week.   I remember the early days of Waves of Hope, coming into a community as strangers but being accepted as family right away. Having little to no experience in development work, we were motivated by the fact that we had the ability and determination to help – and simply an open ear to support our community.     We launched Waves humbly in Toronto one warm September night, at an Art Gallery on Ossington Ave....

07 Jun

Artesenia del Mar

What initially started out as a women’s cooperative making braceletsout of cloth string, has blossomed in to a sustainable business and income for local women. A Waves of Hope volunteer a few years back brought the simple skill of bracelet making via a few instructional books to share with the local women of Manzano 1. Coco Loco provided a place for the women to meet and make their product and in turn sell their hand made items to the guests....

10 May

Leaving Manzano Numero Uno after three month of volunteering…

Leaving Manzano Numero Uno after three months of volunteering, I couldn’t believe how quickly the time had flown by. Perhaps it was the different pace of campo living that affected my sense of time: everyday we would get up just after dawn and go to sleep before 10 o’clock, our days filled with walking along shaded dirt paths, instructing and playing with kids, finding creative ways to use our limited staple foods, and cooling off in big Pacific Ocean waves....

01 May

Home again after amazing time in Nicaragua

It’s been almost two weeks now since I woke up early in the morning, when the roosters started making rooster sounds, packed the last of my things and left the lovely green house in El Manzano Uno that I had called my home for the last nine weeks. I cried, the family cried and the other volunteer Genny, who I became good friends with, cried. I’m usually not very emotional, but this was the second time in those two moths...

27 Mar

Waves of Hope Community Bakery

One of our core principles of Waves of Hope is to create sustainable jobs and income generation initiatives for members of our community. To date, we have trained women in our community in esthetics and massage therapist programs and our women’s jewelry club was a great success. Our resort, El Coco Loco, has also been a big part of this goal as we now have 15 full time staff members receiving a stable salary, all but two of whom are...

19 Mar

Alternative Spring Break – Coco Loco Style

At Coco Loco and Waves of Hope we are grateful and very fortunate to have awesome interns and guests consistently on the ground helping us out with our programs and initiatives – this is one of the reasons we consider our organization to be highly unique. In particular, the last seven days was truly unforgettable and I’d like to share my experience with all of you… This is our third year hosting an Alternative Spring Break for Case Western University but this...

15 Feb

Celebrating an incredible 2011 and looking forward to an ever better 2012….

We’ve finally decided to dip our toes into the wonderful world of blogging in an effort to keep you – our supporters and donors – up to speed on our on-the-ground efforts. We will try to post at least a couple blogs each month but ask for your patience and understanding as internet remains a challenge in our isolated little paradise. 2011 was an incredible year for Waves of Hope – supported by our amazing interns from all over the world...