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More than thirty years strengthening human and community development through the exchange of people and ideas between Minnesota and León, Nicaragua.


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The World Happiness Report 2017 hails Nicaragua as making the greatest gains in overall happiness.

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Carlos Salinas Maldonado, journalist and international correspondent, and Carl David Goette-Luciak, anthropologist, both in Managua, ask, "How can Nicaragua be so happy when it has a stack of sad statistics?"

Read their article here.

Most of our trips are customized for groups, but we offer a few pre-arranged trips, including one in summer 2017 and two under development.


Educators' Trip

Tuesday, June 20, to Sunday, July 2, 2017

Enhance your teaching and cultural competency skills, and develop global and cross-cultural awareness. 
Sign up soon!
Click more at the bottom of this column for details.

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The Environment and Sustainability

Dates for 2018 TBD

Learn about León's dry tropical forests, agriculture, initiatives to secure clean drinking water, and the impacts of climate change, pollution, and deforestation. Visit volcanoes and the Pacific Ocean.
Click more at the bottom of this column for details.



Birding in Nicaragua

Dates TBD

See birds and learn about the impact of climate change in the region.

Contact Emily at emily.mn.leon@gmail.com if you want to receive updates about planning for this trip.

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Water Commission Reaches Agreement with Neighboring Water Board

People who live in the rural community of San Carlos, about five miles from León, are concerned about diminishing access to potable water. Wells have been drying up during the past few years of drought, which residents fear is reducing the water table. Furthermore, most well water is contaminated.


Rural households draw their water from local wells with no guarantee that the water supply will be adequate or safe.