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Jiquilillo
Nicaragua

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If you are looking for long sandy beaches, with great surf rolling in, a place of the grid where just can relax and enjoy life Monty´s Beach Lodge in Jiquillio, Nicaragua is the place. There is just something a little bit diferent with this paradise, social tourism. The beauty of Jiquillio is breathtaking but it faces some tough social and environmental challenges. And as a successful resort Monty´s have specialized in not only giving back to community but to involve every single guest they have in their social projects.   From simple acts of helpful kindness to critical improvements in sustainable development, there are many opportunities to make a difference in the lives of the people of Jiquilillo.
Guests of Monty’s Beach Lodge are invited to participate in local efforts for a vacation that refreshes both the body and the soul. Simply by staying at Monty’s a portion of your accommodation rate will be directed toward ongoing community projects!

We have alot of projects going on all the time were your hand, heart and help is needed. No need to be a professional or even know spanish, our experienced staff at the spot will get you set in and help you out.

Keep updated with our ongoing projects by following our blog. If you have any questions at all feel free to contact us here at Monty´s.

International Internship Sparks Love for Sustainable Tourism

Kimberly Viveiros

Kimberly Viveiros' Experience
Student, Humber College, Toronto, Canada

Hiking through dense vegetation up the Cosiguina volcano in Nicaragua, Kimberly Viveiros was a little out of breath. But what she saw at the summit took her breath away completely. 


The view was so vast, she could see part of Nicaragua, El Salvador and Honduras from where she stood. It was experiences like this that reinforced Kimberly’s decision to do her internship in Nicaragua. 
The 21-year-old Toronto native is set to graduate from Humber College’s Tourism Management program in May 2016. 


Part of her studies included an internship with Monty’s Beach Lodge. It’s a rustic get-away in the small northern Nicaraguan community of Jiquilillo that mixes surf and sand with getting involved with community projects that benefit local families and the surrounding environment.   
When Kimberly arrived for her internship in January, she was no stranger to this Central American country. 


She had already visited Nicaragua with her professor, Mary Lendway, earlier in 2015 for a volunteer excursion. Though that program didn’t offer academic credit, it did include requirements of Humber's Global Citizenship Certificate. There were plenty of personal and professional benefits too – one of which was igniting her love of Nicaragua. 


“That was such an amazing experience,” said Kimberly. “I got a little taste of ‘Nica.’” That taste included unspoiled beaches, warm friendly local families and quickly being welcomed into the community. 


She returned to Humber and began thinking about an internship. Initially, she assumed she would find something in Toronto, but Mary encouraged her to think bigger. Why not Nicaragua? 


Mary suggested Monty’s Beach Lodge and Kimberly grabbed the baton and ran, pitching the owners the idea of having her as an intern. Discussions about possible projects and time frames followed.  Once agreed upon, Kimberly was back near the equator as Monty’s first intern. 


What made her internship so unique was that she was able to have a say in which projects to pursue. At first, she was a little overwhelmed. But that quickly turned to excitement, as she created a multi-faceted work experience. 

She delved into projects that used tourism as a means of assisting with the development of the local community, such as encouraging guests to get involved in community-building efforts like a nearby English language centre. She also gave Monty’s a much-needed presence on social media, helping them reach a much greater audience through social media channels, and assisted a local guide in giving tours of nearby attractions like hiking up volcanos and kayaking through natural estuaries


“I’ve been immersed in the community here, and I’ve met some of the most wonderful people,” said Kimberly. “Everyone smiles at you here, in fact, it’s weird if you don’t.”


One of the best smiles belonged to a 16-year-old named Felix with whom she’s become good friends. He helped Kimberly with her Spanish and Kimberly helped him improve his English. With the language barrier broken, she set out to help him start a small business of creating colourful string bracelets, which he sells to tourists. 


She helped him get materials, and taught him the basics of running a small business, giving Felix a much-needed source of income to offset the unreliable fishing jobs he sometimes takes when not in school. 


Now that Kimberly is finished her schooling, she has her lens focused on sustainable tourism. As she puts it she plans to seek “anything that can get a community up and running, not damage the environment, and have the money go back into the local economy.”
Not surprisingly she plans on returning to Nicaragua. 


“It’s untouched,” she said. “The big resorts aren’t here, the big tourist companies aren’t here…it’s so genuine and authentic. I’d like to be involved in some way to keep it authentic. I know how things work. I know where I can help out.” 
 

Written by Sean McNeely on location in Jiquilillo, Nicaragua Feb 18, 2016

HERO Volunteers Provide Professional Healthcare in Nicaragua

Kimberly Viveiros

On January 31, 2016, a group of volunteers with HERO (Humanitarian Efforts Reaching Out), a not for profit organization aiming to build sustainable communities and provide professional healthcare to people in developing countries arrived in Jiquilillo. The 30 medical volunteers spent their morning organizing materials and medical tools that they would need for the next 5 days of operating medical centres in communities of Nicaragua.

Their first day of work took place at the medical centre and container in Jiquilillo and was open to everyone from Jiquilillo, Los Zorros, and Padre Ramos. The system was set up with 6 stations – triage, doctors, eyes, physical therapy, vet service, and pharmacy. Patients would go through the triage to explain their ailments to a professional and would then be redirected to a doctor to receive a diagnosis. Many people had the opportunity to receive professional healthcare that would not be readily available to them and would be very expensive had they not had this option open up. The clinic was open for several hours and saw hundreds of faces that afternoon. Along with treatments, medicines, and eye glasses - people also received tablets to prevent them from having parasites.

For the next four days, HERO travelled to the nearby communities of Apascali, Los Laurels, Buena Vista, and Cosiguina to offer professional healthcare to patients there. Each day they served hundreds of people and made efforts to solve any issue that was brought forward. Like the first day in Jiquilillo, people received professional treatment and medication, as well as medicine for parasites. It was clear that everyone who had come through the medical centres were more than grateful. The look of relief on some of the patients when they received treatments was the perfect indication of a job well done.

Congratulations on the successful mission, HERO! There were over 500 patients that were attended to this time around and we’d like to thank everyone involved for giving their time and service to the people of this country. Nicaragua is grateful! 

 

Children Excited as English Classes Available Again

Kimberly Viveiros

  Upon hearing the thrilling news that English classes were starting up on February 1st, 2016, the kids were not only ecstatic to begin learning, but were also excited to welcome back their beloved teacher, Teresa.  Meanwhile, the last few weeks prior to the start of classes, I spent a couple days travelling through Los Zorros and Jiquilillo with Teresa, recruiting students. To no surprise, they jumped at the sight of her and almost every child approached her with open arms and kisses. Very early in our journey, a few of her young students, Jenifer, Angeli, and Maria Jose decided to help us spread the word about English classes being available again. They were a great help because they knew where every child in the community lived – giving us a huge advantage and making the entire process quite a breeze! 


To no surprise, seats were occupied with enthusiastic children the following week. At times, a class at the container attracted almost 30 students, which seems overwhelming, but the children are so well-behaved. They have a lot of respect for their teacher as she gives them the respect they deserve.

They are attentive and many students like Gildrenth and Keyling, love to show off how much they already know. However, not every child is at the same level. There are many kids that can form sentences in English, but there are others that do not know a single word.

At first I thought the kids who are new to English would be discouraged and would not enjoy attending English class; I was wrong for assuming this. These kids always make it to class and always try their best to absorb as much information they can. They ask questions and constantly participate. What seems to be a huge motivator are the interactive teaching methods Teresa has brought to the table. Unlike a classroom setting where most students might grow bored, the kids learn through interactive games, which helps keep everyone interested and involved.

Now, when you think of school the general idea of it revolves around children. However, Teresa has offered classes to adults in the surrounding communities. She has a young adult class in the morning and another adult class at 4 in the afternoon. What’s unique about the 4pm class is that it is entirely occupied by mothers in the new community of Villa Esperanza. There are roughly 10 women in this class, with many of them being regular attendees. It’s lovely seeing the same faces constantly show up each day, ready and willing to learn. They enter the classroom at 4pm, filling the space with laughter and bright smiles. The women are all good friends and this has established a comfortable learning environment considering that they are incredibly helpful and assist each other when necessary. When you think of motherhood, it’s a well-known fact that there are a constant whirlwind of responsibilities.  

For many of them it is difficult to find time out of their day to put effort into a class that isn’t seen as beneficial to the older, established community. However, these women see the value of education and learning a second language. By going to class every day, women like Daysy, Eveling, and Marta set exceptional examples for their children, who currently attend or will soon attend school. They set a standard for their children and other children of the community. It is believed that women are the key to breaking poverty and by empowering women and having them embrace education; they can pass this on to future generations. Children will then see the importance of education and put an effort into expanding their minds and making positive changes to their community and eventually, to the world. 


Overall, the classes have been successful and have helped paint a positive picture in Jiquilillo and Los Zorros. We hope to continue attracting more students and spreading the joy of education. With everyone’s effort – we can make a real change! 

 

Grand opening of Villa Nueva Esperanza!

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So we have saved this announcement for a Christmas, just because it is so great and wonderful. No actually I lost my memory card with all the photos, but now I found it and can share this wonderful news and pictures with you!

The third of December 2015 the inaguracion of Villa Nueva Esperanza took place! This means that all the 30 families now are settled and they are living in the community Villa Esperanza in Jiquilillo. The day was filled with fun activities for the children like a bouncing castle and piñatas! The mayor of El Viejo held a great speech so did Gerry Caceres and the American Nicaraguan foundation.

It is a great project that have and is going to change the lives of many persons, but it has not come to an end. This is just the start, new projects are in the making in order to improve the living of the people of Jiquillio. We would like to give out the biggest thank yous´ to everyone who have made this project possible.

GIVE – Without them they would still be cleaning the terrain!

Color My World

American Nicaraguan Foundation

Rotary Club of Port Elgin, Ontario

Montys Surf Camp

Instituto Nicaraguense de la vivienda Urbana y Rural (INVUR)

Alcaldia Municipal de El Viejo

Together Works Society

But most of all thanks to all of the families who have worked so hard to build all the beautiful houses, you are all so worth it and you are amazing!

/Sandra