Resources from Casa Verde

Sustainable Living Program

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$2295

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360 649 7135
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Dig in to the volcanic soil of Nicaragua, home to dry tropical forests, one of the world’s largest lakes, and some of the best surf breaks in the world.

For three weeks, travel with purpose – discover what permaculture means, from living the life of locals and using local resources, to helping design systems to replenish those resources. Your team will work alongside local partners, helping with a reforestation project and building with sustainable earthen construction.

Highlights:
•Putting 1000 trees in the ground – in a global region facing rapid deforestation, disturbing the migration of monkeys and parrots – helping locals change the tide.

•Watching the sun drop into the ocean, and then looking up to see the most stars you’ve ever seen!

•Going home proud with, calluses on your hands and dirt on your backpack, knowing there is no challenge you can’t overcome.

Fast Facts:

Program Information
Program Duration: 3 Weeks
Dates: May 21 – June 11, 2012
Tuition: $765 per week ($2,295 total)
Where in the World: El Limón 2, Tola, Rivas, Nicaragua, Central América
Airport Managua: (Airport Code: MGA)
Activities: Planting seeds and saplings, guided hikes, interactive workshops
Hours: Monday – Friday, 6-8 hour day. Optional fun nights and weekends
Requirements: Minimum age 18, for 2012 Program
Extra Thoughts! Be in Nicaragua for the first rains of the year!

What’s Included:
Accommodation: 1 week Family Homestay, 2 weeks Camping on-site
Food: 3 meals/day, and drinking water
Certification: Environmental Sustainability certificate; U.S. credit possible
Excursions: Optional weekend activities & overnight trip
Transportation: Round trip airport transfer and your own Bicycle!
Travel Insurance Health, luggage and trip cancellation
Community Gift $100 tax-deductible donation, for community project materials
Support & Staff: 24/7 In-Country support, from local and experienced U.S. staff
Services Pre-trip prep, in-county orientation & post-trip reflection
What’s Not Included: Airfare, visa and/or passport, immunizations, if necessary

Program Details:

Pre-Program Prep:
Casa Verde will send each participant of an Amigos Pack of resources, as well as host online and conference chats with the group, to help you prepare in both logistical and cultural ways. Before your adventure into the wilds of Central America, you should most definitely take some time to reflect on your expectations and your goals, and to learn a little more about where you are going and why.

Arrival:
All participants will be met by Casa Verde staff at the Sandino International Airport in Managua on May 21. If a participant decides to arrive before this time, they should return to the airport for transport to Limon. The bus trip to Limon takes 3-4 hours.

Orientation:
- Orient yourself to the place
When you arrive in the village of Limon, you will be introduced to your host family by Casa Verde staff, and you will have your first meal with your family. Depending on arrival time, either that evening or the following morning – we will go on a tour of the village and then ride bikes out to the local beach.

- Orient yourself to the program
Casa Verde begins every program with an in-country orientation, including a review of the itinerary for your program, as well as experiential insights into the local area and culture. Get ready to meet the locals!

Wow! Looking for more info? Find details at www.casaverdeconnects.com/coreprograms

SUBJECTS: community, culture, environment, leadership, Nicaragua, Spanish language, sustainable living


Global Citizens Program

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Find yourself in Limon, Nicaragua, where the ocean spray blows amidst a rural community that texts to friends on the oxen ride home and watches Rihanna videos on a dirt floor.

For three weeks, embrace the challenge of connecting local to global and back again – learning and sharing 21st century skills from community organizing to phonics to blogging. Go home with the wisdom that comes from true immersion and action, after working alongside local kids, teens, and community leaders, to create real community assets.

Highlights:
•Helping young students learn the love of reading in a growing wave of local literacy.
•Improving your Spanish the local way - writing songs, throwing a party, or chatting up the locals.
•Being a part of a local family and one of the world’s most passionate people - probably the best way to get to know the “Nica” lifestyle.
•Taking a short bike ride to the ocean to savor the golden sunset on an empty beach, every day.

Fast Facts:
Program Information:

Program Duration: 3 Weeks
Dates: June 18 – July 9, 2012
Tuition: $765 per week ($2,295 total)
Where in the World: El Limón 2, Tola, Rivas, Nicaragua, Central América
Airport Managua: (Airport Code: MGA)
Activities: Literacy and art projects w/ youth, “experiential” Spanish classes
Hours: Monday – Friday, 7-8 hour day. Optional fun nights and weekends.
Requirements: Minimum age 18, for 2012 Program
Extra Thoughts! How many meanings do “llave” & “taco” have?

What’s Included:
Accommodation: Family Homestay, with single room or double room
Food: 3 meals/day, and drinking water
Certification: Global Citizen evaluation & certificate; U.S. credit possible
Excursions: Optional weekend activities & overnight trip
Transportation: Round trip airport transfer and your own Bicycle!
Travel Insurance: Health, luggage and trip cancellation
Community Gift: $100 tax-deductible donation, for community project materials
Support & Staff: 24/7 In-Country support, from local and experienced U.S. staff
Services: Pre-trip prep, in-county orientation & post-trip reflection
What’s Not Included: Airfare, visa and/or passport, immunizations, if necessary

Program Details:

Pre-Program Prep
Casa Verde will send each participant of an Amigos Pack of resources, as well as host online and conference chats with the group, to help you prepare in both logistical and cultural ways. Before your adventure into the wilds of Central America, you should most definitely take some time to reflect on your expectations and your goals, and to learn a little more about where you are going and why.
Arrival
All participants will be met by Casa Verde staff at the Sandino International Airport in Managua on June 18. If a participant decides to arrive before this time, they should return to the airport for transport to Limon. The bus trip to Limon takes 3-4 hours.

Orientation
•Orient yourself to the place
When you arrive in the village of Limon, you will be introduced to your host family by Casa Verde staff, and you will have your first meal with your family. Depending on arrival time, either that evening or the following morning – we will go on a tour of the village and then ride bikes out to the local beach.

•Orient yourself to the program
Casa Verde begins every program with an in-country orientation, including a review of the itinerary for your program, as well as experiential insights into the local area and culture. Get ready to meet the locals!

Wow! Looking for more info? Find details at www.casaverdeconnects.com/coreprograms

Don't miss out on this amazing experience - come join us!!

SUBJECTS: community, environment, leadership, Spanish language


Friends of Casa Verde

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Free

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Throughout our travels and adventures, all of us at Casa Verde have met so many amazing friends and supporters. So, this year to truly share our excitement with the people excited about us, Casa Verde is hosting a tour and work party. People form all different walks of life have expressed interest in visiting Nicaragua and Casa Verde in 2011, and we are thrilled to be able to offer you this opportunity.

In order to make this visit to Nicaragua fun and carefree, easy and low maintenance, and as affordable as possible, we have put together a menu of possible options that we are able to provide in 2011. Please see our website for this information. http://casaverdeconnects.wordpress.com/friends-of-casa-verde/.

We are thrilled to have people come down and be a part of all that Casa Verde is becoming. Aside from direct costs, we are not charging any fees for the above services this year in the hopes that we can include as many people as possible. We hope that extending an open invitation for the dates of April 15 – May 15 will make it possible to accommodate whatever people might be looking for, as well as provide an amazing opportunity for a phenomenal group of people to come together at the same time to share the Casa Verde Experience.

Prices for services and accommodation details will be posted soon. Please refer to our website for additional information or email us at [email protected]

SUBJECTS: community, culture, Nicaragua, spanish, Spanish conversation lessons, sustainable living


scrapbook iconCasa Verde - International location

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This shows our exact location in Nicaragua. Remember - our main office and starting point is Portland, OR and our international location (the actual Casa Verde site) is based in Nicaragua. This is where students and volunteers will eventually arrive after receiving hands on training in the US to gain the skills and principles of sustainable living.

Green Scholars Program

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$3945

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The Green Scholars program provides long-term hands on learning opportunities for those interested in learning more about the skills and principles of sustainable living. By addressing sustainability through building, energy, and agriculture, scholars will receive both a high level understanding and hands-on skill sets, from experienced professionals in each field. Students will also be working and living with local Nicaraguans, practicing cultural integration and the Spanish language.

Scholars will start with a week long orientation, introducing them to Nicaraguan history, economy and culture, including Spanish lessons. Each of these areas will be presented through the lens of global citizenship and sustainable community development.

As well, students will have the opportunity to interact with locals in their free time via organized activities in the community of Limon Dos, and two overnight excursions to visit other Nicaraguan cities and sustainable projects in the region.

Students who participate are guaranteed to grow their:

• Sustainable Skill Sets in Three Different Fields
• True Environmental Stewardship
• Gratitude for Cultural Diversity
• Enhanced Spanish fluency
• Cultivated Leadership Skills

Scholars will spend Week 1 in a family homestay during orientation. They will be able to return to the community and their same family each weekend, able to leave their belongings secure for the entire eight weeks. Students may be placed alone or with other scholars in their homestay placement.

From Week 2 – Week 8, scholars will be camping in shared accommodation at Casa Verde. Accommodations on the farm will include, single hug long-term camping accommodations, a local cook providing 3 meals a day, private composting toilets and an outdoor shower with running water. Scholars will be staying at Casa Verde Monday through Thursday night for the last 7 weeks.

Monday morning through lunch on Friday will be spent camping and working on site. Friday afternoon through Monday morning will be free time in Limon. An activity will be offered every weekend, and are optional. Most will be in the area, with two overnight excursions to San Juan del Sur and Granada. These are included in the cost for students.

Applications for the 2012 program will be available July 2011. Please contact us if you have any questions.

SUBJECTS: community, environment, groups, Nicaragua, Spanish language, spanish speaking, students, sustainable living


scrapbook iconCasa Verde's Nicaraguan site

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This is a view from the beautiful Casa Verde site in Nicaragua.

Casa Verde’s Student Center in Nicaragua is being built using sustainable materials and indigenous practices to the furthest extent possible. This supports not only a healthy and engaged lifestyle at Casa Verde, but all infrastructure and buildings will be used as a living educational tools. The facility itself will be a model to demonstrate how to replicate these practices and give students hands on experience with green and alternative systems.


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