Casa Nica & The Cultural Basin

By: Jacob Halpenny

Since its independence from Spain in 1821, Nicaragua's representative democracy has been mired by significant difficulties.  From political unrest to dictatorship to fiscal crisis, Nicaragua has experienced its fair share of hardship. 

These trials and tribulations, however, have not reduced Nicaragua from raising cultural traditions; generating substantial cultural diversity both in art and literature. Casa-Nica, an international NGO, has made it their mission to support the Nicaraguan people. Citing that too many foreign NGO's enter countries and make their own decisions; contrary to what is needed in the community, Casa-Nica utilizes a "string-free" approach by working alongside those who have been aiding the community before them. 

Casa-Nica has changed the experience for interns and volunteers. Recognizing that some organizations provide unsatisfying NGO work experiences, Casa-Nica has responded with a program that combines Spanish classes with meaningful development work. Encouraging autonomy by allowing candidates to organize their own schedules, Casa-Nica ensures that you are doing the work you want to do to help the people who deserve it. 

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