Welcome to PML

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


Traveling on the Edge ... in Nicaragua

A new article about Nicaragua in The Economist talks about the beauty and safety of the country and what a great vacation destination it is. Click here to read it and see the beautiful photos of León!



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On a sloppy late November day in Minneapolis, Bill Dickey’s thoughts turned to León, Nicaragua.

His plan for reaching this warmer, sunnier clime? Jumping on a couple planes, arriving eight hours later in Managua? No. Riding a bicycle four thousand miles.

Bill's bike ride is a fundraiser for Project Minnesota/León, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to PML. Click here to make a donation through Bill's GoFundMe page. 

Follow Bill's blog here, starting March 1. You won't want to miss his videos!

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Most of our trips are customized for groups, but we offer a few pre-arranged trips, including three in 2017.


Educators' Trip

Tuesday, June 20, to Saturday, July 1, 2017

Enhance your teaching and cultural competency skills, and develop global and cross-cultural awareness. 
Sign up soon!
Deposit due March 6.
Click more at the bottom of this column for more details.

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Birding/Environmental Trip

February 25 to March 12, 2017

The 2017 trip is filled, but this may be offered again next year. Contact Emily at emily.mn.leon@gmail.com if you want to receive updates.
See birds and learn about the impact of climate change in the region.

Click more below for further information.

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Family Trip for All Ages

Early to Mid August 2017

Put together your own group—parents, children, grandparents, family, and friends—for this ten-day exploration.

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.