Sunday, July 7, 2013

Little Corn Island School, Nicaragua

We just came back from one of the friendliest and most welcoming place in the Caribbean: Little Corn Island. We enjoyed every moment on this island which included scuba diving some beautiful sites, sharing laughs with locals and expats alike, and eating so much lobster that we managed to get sick of it.

The trip to get to this remote island included three planes and one tiny boat and our dive gear took a lot of space in our suitcase but we still managed to fit our printer, a few costumes and a few shirts to take our project to the only school on the island.

It was a beautiful and warm day the morning we showed up at the school. Our new friend on the Island decided to join us and help us out since she liked the project and it was great having extra help. The kids were slowly arriving to school and we weren't quite sure how many prints we were going to have to make but as soon as the first kid was dressed up, I grabbed the camera and started snapping shots while Sara was printing the pictures surrounded by a hoard of intrigued kids.

Once again we were happy we had a rechargeable battery on our printer because the school had no electricity but we printed so many pictures on site that we did run out of battery before the last few pictures were printed. We took a group picture of the remaining kids (most of them had already run back to their house, eager to show their pictures) and we headed back to the hotel....where the electricity was down. We waited until the day after to print the last pictures and took them to the director of the school who was enchanted by the project.

Once again the smiles and the joy on these kids' faces enlightened the day and we were happy to share this moment with these incredible souls. The teachers also got a few prints on their own and were grateful for the break they enjoyed while we took over their school.

While on the island we also had a chance to witness the start of the lobster season. Hundreds of Lobster traps were piled on top of each other days before the season started. Apparently lobsters are attracted to cow skin and the stench coming from the traps was barely bearable when we would walk by them. These traps are also quite heavy and an army of men is required to get them from the shore to the boat. A few years ago, a giant pipe got stranded on the island after being lost at sea. The locals found a great use for it and they cut a huge piece of it that they use as a ramp during fishing season and as a water slide when the kids take over. It allows them to move the traps much faster from the shore to the water where they are then pulled on the large fishing boat by a system pf pulley and a lot of manpower. It takes them days just to get all the traps on the boat. They are then dropped off at sea in the hope of catching many lobsters.

We also went up to the lighthouse which is the highest point on the island where a breathtaking 360 view awaited us. The climb up the ladder to the top of the old tower, which was honestly a little scary but the reward was well worth the effort.