Monday, January 28, 2013

Who Should Come to Nicaragua?

Older Ones

Coming to Nicaragua as an older person might seem a bit scary,  especially if you don't know Spanish. Don't let that stop you. Most people living here over the age of 60 are retired and doing just fine. Meds are cheap here and other health care options available.



Younger Ones

Bringing the kids might seem daunting but there are lots of things here to keep them busy in addition to their spiritual activities. See What is there to do besides preach.
Kids like sponges pick up everything around them, they'll be learning Spanish 2x as fast as you.


Deaf/Blind Ones

The deaf here have lots of options that they haven't had in years past. Many people in Granada know or are familiar with the deaf and are not uncomfortable communicating or doing business with them through gesturing. Lots of them have picked up a few of the local signs. If you're deaf please see the website for more on what we're doing here in the deaf territory. 

Although the terrain is very rough there are many blind people here. There is a special program here that offer training to them in massage.

Physically Disabled Ones

For the physically handicapped this place is a nightmare. Just imagine walking blind through a construction site. It's kind of like that. Dirt and gravel roads make getting around near to impossible, unless of course, you're in a chair made for off-roading. The paved roads are cobblestone or blacktop patched with potholes that a VW Golf could get lost in. 

More tips here

*Please let me know if this was helpful by commenting below


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9 comments:

  1. I have personally experienced the blind massages. Heaven! It's a couple guys and a few girls too. They work out of Euro Cafe here in Granada. They're really professional and do a great job. 60 minute full body massage for $15?! Can't beat that!

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing this. I always wondered about it but, not going to lie...just wasn't sure.

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  3. Hey Shelina, I'm really enjoying your new topic for the blog. It's great! You have me cracking up with your posts also. What you have been saying is very true. The rewards far out way the challenges and inconveniences. See you soon. Chante' from Jinotepe

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  4. I hope that comes across, despite the challenges this is a great place and I love it. If I'm missing anything let me know :-)

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  5. Now that Nicargua is under the Mexican branch do they still assist (to some degree) with arrangements for need greaters staying 3 mon or longer?

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    1. That's a really good question that I don't have a complete answer to. What I can tell you is that there is no real assistance with arrangements for need greaters. There hasn't been for some time. The arrangements happen on the circuit or local levels.

      For example, when I came I contacted the local branch but all of my arrangements were done through a local circuit overseer and friends. The branch had nothing to do with that. That was three years ago, a good year before the big changes happened. Shoot me an email if you have more detailed questions on that.

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  6. Shelina, what about a post covering the different types of need one could fill in Nicaragua and how that might influence you depending on the length of time you want to stay?

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    1. Thank you for the great idea, I'll get started on that :-) Thanks for contributing as always, Shawn.

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