Nine Days ’til Nicaragua

Hi! My name is Lindsay Mannion. I am a senior Humanities for Teaching and Spanish double major. While originally from the East Coast, I have called Seattle home for the last eight years. I have always wanted to study abroad, and now the time is finally here. I leave for Nicaragua in just over a week!

I will be spending seven months in Nicaragua in total: September–December I will be studying at la Universidad Centroamericana (la UCA) in Managua and January–March I will be interning with a non-profit in the province of Rivas.

I have had the opportunity to do a little bit of traveling before this. Last December I went with SU’s Professionals Without Borders to Nicaragua, and in June I went on a research trip to Guatemala with SU professors and students—check out the event we are holding in September to see the results! I hope these experiences will lessen my culture shock at least a little bit, but I know being on my own will be a very different experience from being with other American students.

I have to admit there is one thing (among many) that I am really excited about: being as immersed in Nicaraguan life as possible. I think that is one of the best ways to grow as a person. Being outside of your comfort zone and forced to engage with others offers learning opportunities nothing else can.

Before I can have those awesome learning experiences, though, I have to pack…

I have been told to pack like I am going for three weeks (not seven months). And it is going to be HOT in Nicaragua, so at least I won’t have to pack any big jackets or sweaters. Think I can get everything in one bag? I’m off to go try!

Thanks for reading!

Lindsay

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