Published on March 6, 2014
KNOW YOUR COMMUNITY – KNOW YOUR WORLD
DID YOU KNOW… …the New York Times included Nicaragua among the places to visit in 2013? Nicaragua is the only country mentioned in the Central American Region! Source: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/01/10/travel/2013-places-to-go.html?smid=fb-share
DID YOU KNOW… …the first woman to become president in the American continent was from Nicaragua? Violeta Barrios de Chamorro (1990-1996)
DID YOU KNOW… …the only Latin American-born pitcher to pitch a perfect game in Major League Baseball is from Nicaragua? Dennis Martínez, nicknamed "El Presidente” (July 28, 1991)
DID YOU KNOW… … “Nuestra Belleza Latina 2011” Is from Nicaragua? Nastassja Bolívar
NICARAGUA: COAT OF ARMS
INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER PROFILE • Luisa Nelly Berríos Rocha – Graduate Student @ The University of Akron (20112013) MBA (Master in Business Administration) – Akron International Friendship Volunteer My Family Managua, Nicaragua May 2011
INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER PROFILE “The Chicks” Softball Team Managua, Nicaragua October, 2010 Folklore Dance Carazo, Nicaragua March, 2011
INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER PROFILE Around-the-World-Party Akron, Ohio, U.S. September, 2011 Diwali Akron, Ohio, U.S. November, 2011
INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER PROFILE • The Fulbright Program – International educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs – Established in 1946 and currently operating in over 155 countries worldwide – Designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries
INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER PROFILE Nicaraguan Fulbrighters 2011 U.S. Embassy - Managua June 2011 Fulbrighters @ University of Akron Akron, Ohio, U.S. September 2011
INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER PROFILE Fulbrighter Gateway Orientation Boulder, Colorado August 2011 Fulbrighter Enrichment Seminar Washington, D.C., U.S. March 2012
NICARAGUA QUICK FACTS • Full name: Republic of Nicaragua • Area: 130,370 sq km • Largest country in Central America • Slightly smaller than New York state • Bordering the Caribbean Sea & the Pacific Ocean • Central America is a tropical isthmus that connects North America to South America. • It includes (7) countries and many small offshore islands
NICARAGUA QUICK FACTS • Capital: Managua • Administrative divisions • 15 departments: • 2 autonomous regions: Atlántico Norte y Sur • Administrative divisions • Coffee, beef, shrimp and lobster, tobacco, sugar, gold, peanuts; cigars, automobile wiring harnesses, textiles and apparel
NICARAGUA BACKGROUND • It was discovered on September 12th, 1502 by Christopher Columbus in his 4th & last trip to the Americas • The Pacific coast was settled as a Spanish colony in the early 16th century • Independence from Spain was declared in 1821 • Britain occupied the Caribbean Coast in the first half of the 19th century
NICARAGUA GOVERNMENT • Nicaragua is a constitutional democracy with Executive, Legislative, Judicial, and Electoral branches of government • The constitution guarantees freedom of speech, religion, and movement within the country, as well as foreign travel & emigration • The President and the members of the National Assembly are elected to concurrent 5-year terms
NICARAGUA QUICK FACTS • Population: 5,7 million (July 2012, est.) • Most Nicaraguans are of both European and indigenous ancestry • Currency: Córdoba • Main Language: Spanish • Main Religion: Roman Catholics
LET’S SPEAK SPANISH • Hello Hola • Good Bye Adiós • Yes Sí No No • Thank you Gracias • Thank you very much Muchas gracias • Your welcome De nada – A la orden. Con mucho gusto. Para servirle. Para servirte.
LET’S SPEAK SPANISH • Please Por favor • I love you Te amo • How are you? ¿Cómo estás? • I am sorry Lo siento • Do you speak ______? ¿Hablas ______? • My name is _______ Mi nombre es _______. Me llamo _______.
LET US SING IN SPANISH La bala que me hiera será bala con alma. El alma de esa bala será como sería la canción de una rosa si las flores cantaran o el olor de un topacio si las piedras olieran, o la piel de una música si nos fuese posible tocar a las canciones desnudas con las manos. Si me hiere el cerebro me dirá: yo buscaba sondear tu pensamiento. Y si me hiere el pecho me dirá: ¡Yo quería decirte que te quiero! Poem: La Bala Author: “Salomón de la Selva” (1893 – 1959)
Playa de Pochomil RANCHO SANTAN
BAHIA DE SAN JUAN DEL SU S
Corn Island. RAAN. Nicaragua El Litoral Pacifico
LAND OF LAKES & VOLCANOES Contains the largest freshwater body in Central America Experiences significant volcanic activity
LAKE NICARAGUA • Plans were made to take advantage of this route to build a canal but the Panama Canal was built instead • It holds Ometepe and Zapatera which are both volcanic islands
OMETEPE ISLAND • The biggest island in the world situated within a freshwater lake • Formed by two active volcanos: Concepción & Madera
• Archipelago of 365 little volcanic islands inside Nicaragua Lake – Some of which have homes built on them! – Rich in fauna and flora
Land of Lakes & Volcanoes Fulbrighter Gateway Orientation Boulder, Colorado August 2011
Momotombo San Cristobal
Volcán Santiago. Masaya
Volcán Santiago. Masaya
Volcán Cerro Negro
TRANSPORTATION IN THE PACIFIC
TRANSPORTATION IN THE ATLANTIC
TRADITIONAL FOOD: GALLO PINTO
TRADITIONAL FOOD: NACATAMAL
TRADITIONAL FOOD: NACATAMAL
TRADITIONAL SWEET: CAJETA
SPORTS • Baseball is the national sport of Nicaragua. – Baseball to Nicaragua is like soccer to Brazil.
FOLKLORE IN THE PACIFIC El Güegüense
FOLKLORE IN THE PACIFIC Güipil Las Inditas
FOLKLORE IN THE PACIFIC Mestizaje Trencilla
FOLKLORE IN THE ATLANTIC Palo de Mayo
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