Nicaragua - the small country in the center of Central America between Costa Rica and Honduras, the Caribbean and the Pacific - makes up a little more than half of the area of Germany, but only houses around 6.3 million inhabitants. Some may know Nicaragua from the 1970s and 1980s as the epitome of freedom-fighting revolutionaries. After overthrowing the long-standing dictatorship of the Somoza clan, the Sandinistas had to fight against the invading USA in the so-called contra-wars for their independence. The Sandinistas received great support from leftist movements in the West, and German student movements in particular supported the Nicaraguan population.
A lot has changed in the country since then. However, many of the revolutionary goals have not been achieved. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in Latin America, just behind Haiti. The gap between rich and poor is very wide; many people live on a dollar or less a day.
In addition to the open and hospitable population, Nicaragua also has a lot to offer in terms of landscape. It is not for nothing that it is called the land of great lakes and volcanoes. One of the most impressive places is the volcanic island of Ometepe in the middle of Lake Nicaragua - one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world. The Pacific side of the country attracts with Latin American culture, while on the Atlantic side, where mainly Creole and also English is spoken, you can get to know the Caribbean lifestyle. Whether you like lying on beaches, taking adventurous volcano tours or listening to the monkey roar in the rainforest - Nicaragua can offer all of this.
Many members of our association have been in Nicaragua for a long time, got to know and appreciate the culture and people and made long-term friendships. With our projects we want to promote culture and education in the country and thus open up perspectives. We also want to support people who would like to come to Germany to discover our culture and broaden their horizons, as we have done.