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22 Aug

Buy A Brick Campaign

How it all Began… In 2012, our community approached us with the idea of building a high school. They had identified that attendance at the elementary schools had grown, but the options for continuing to high school were inadequate. The existing high school choices as of 2012 were: 1. A five-year intensive Sunday program, located in a local elementary class 2. Travelling at least two hours daily on multiple buses to attend the closest high school Consequently, only a small minority of local children chose...

23 Sep

Clean Water Community Initiative – Project Update Sep 2015

In August we hosted a team of volunteers from Surf For Life and began digging trenches alongside our team of community volunteers from El Manzano #1. A very generous new neighbor from Spain donated a back hoe as well to help speed along the trench work. Trenches were dug from the site of the well to the water tank and pressure tubes were laid. This covered a distance of about 700 meters. We have also installed the...

22 Sep

Nicaragua could be your next yoga retreat destination!

Originally posted at YogaScapes: 10 Best Yoga Retreats in Nicaragua – Nicaragua could be your next yoga retreat destination! Northern Nicaragua Yoga, Surf and Service Retreat Coco Loco Resort A community focused eco-resort in northern Nicaragua, you’ll not only find yoga, surf and paradise here, but you’ll also find community. Coco Loco resort is home to Waves of Hope, a non-profit with a mission of improve the quality of life in their community through strengthening local education, healthcare,...

13 Apr

Sustainably Ours

We had the pleasure of hosting Melaina Gasbarrino, founder of Sustainably Ours, and her sister Elise a few weeks back at Coco Loco.  Sustainably Ours is a Canadian based company that educates elementary schools and community centres about our earth using a creative approach to learning through our Clean Earth Workshops, Community Shop and Local Earthly Events. Here are some words Melaina shared with us about their experience. ‘Our time at El Coco...

11 Mar

New school for Francisco Laguna

Check out the completed school at Francisco Laguna! This year there are 130 students, up from 103 last year, and all of the students have desks. The new bathrooms, roof, walls, and tile floor make it safer, easier, and more enjoyable for the students and teachers. ...

07 Mar

New Pre-School in El Manzano #2

The school year is starting out great at the new preschool in El Manzano #2! Here are pictures of the the old pre-school, and teachers and students in front of the new school. Thanks to the interest and dedication of the community and collaboration with generous donors, we are excited to see such positive changes! ...

20 Oct

PLEASE DONATE TODAY!

We are writing today as we are in need of your help as accounts are running dry down here and we are badly in need of donations to help keep our programs running and our progress moving forward. We also wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with an update on how we have been spending your very generous donations over the past 18 months. PLEASE HELP OUR CAUSE BY DONATING TODAY! Waves of Hope High School As...

06 May

The Sideways Approach

My passion for traveling has allowed me to experience different parts of the world and see some amazing landscapes, try exotic foods and get lost in new environments. Yet, at times, I have found that my travels feel a bit selfish and just contribute to my own need for adventure and escapism. I only get a taste of the culture from an outsiders view and never fully understand the lives of the native people or make a genuine connection. Deciding to...

07 Apr

Service Trip Reflections

Samantha Marek, a senior from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, joined us at Coco Loco again this March on her second Alternative Spring Break trip to Nicaragua and shared the following email with us afterwards. Thanks Sam for allowing us to share this. – It was interesting to be doing kind of the same things as last year, but with different people. It was rewarding to see the high school come so far from the two brick walls...