Service Experience Brings Wheelock Students to Nicaragua

Team Wheelock in Nicaragua with Outreach 360 staff

(Part 1 of a series of blog posts about Wheelock’s Nicaragua service trip. Read the full series)

Nine Wheelock students and three faculty members are living in Jinotega Nicaragua on a service trip from May 20 -June 3, 2017. The group is volunteering with Outreach 360, an aid organization with programs in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.

We are being housed, fed, trained, and introduced to the community by Outreach staff in Jinotega, a small city in the North Central mountains. We will be at two different locations during our two-week service program. The central goal of Outreach 360 and our service project is to improve the lives of children and families in Jinotega by teaching English to children ages 6-14. According to Outreach staff, learning English will serve children by providing them with expanded educational and employment opportunities.

The nine Wheelock students and their professors engaged in a course during spring semester 2017 entitled Spanish for Professionals in preparation for this service experience. Our expectaions at the beginning of the trip have been to explore the culture and history of Nicaragua through short lectures by Outreach staff and through walks in the beautiful city of Jinotega. We also hope to develop our understanding of the process of teaching English as a foreign language through our reflections before, during, and after the trip. We also hope to document our learning consistently throughout the trip using journaling and photo images.

Read more about this incredible journey here:


The view from student housing shows mist over the mountains.
Teaching English through art in a small neighborhood church.
Students leaving the church through our spirit tunnel on the second day of teaching.