Text by: Margaux de Borchgrave & Laetitia Van Hoecke
Fotos: Ana Gabriela Chavez & Margaux de Borchgrave
Like in the rest of the world, Nicaragua has been experiencing the effects of climate change with record high temperatures and droughts.
Seeking to be part of the solution and not the problem a diverse group of people got together to create the Apapachoa Foundation. In Nahuatl the language of the mayan people Apapachoa means to « embrace with the soul ». Mayans populated Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. We felt the name was appropriate as the motivation behind our effort is to make a positive difference in the lives of others and our own.
Five pioneering spirits volunteered to move to the rural community of Santa Julia below the dramatic hills of El Crucero (just about 30 minutes from busy Managua) to establish the brand new « Eco-Cultural Center Apapachoa ». The group is made up of a diverse mix of passionate ecologists, funky musicians, eclectic artists, yogis and ambitious social entrepreneurs who endeavor to model a sustainable way of life in harmony with nature and other human beings. They teach a variety of classes to the community and the public at large, such as yoga music, percussion, capoeira, art, permaculture and English.
For many of us it’s about reconnecting with nature, with others and with ourselves.
We welcome volunteers from all around the world to come and join the Apapachoa family and share this uplifting experience with us. You will work 4 hours a day, farming, teaching languages to the kids, participating in the community kitchen and in workshops- such as the recent eco construction training we recently offered for those interested in learning to build with bambu. During your stay you are welcomed to participate in all these activities.
To house volunteers we have built eco-homes overlooking an incredible jungle landscape.
Laetitia, a Belgian who was our first volunteer, describes the Apapachoa Experience as: “a well needed retreat from my former busy life. I learned things I didn’t know about nature and about myself.”
You will be able to see on our website a full calender of activities and workshops for the next 6 months.
Contact us on our website: www.apapachoanicaragua.org