Matagalpa, Nicaragua

Andrew and Teresa traveled to the mountains of Nicaragua, Matagalpa and engaged in a project to create a startup plan for a community farmer’s market. They researched cooling based solutions as well as alternatives solely concerned with improving air circulation to mitigate the high temperatures within the facility.

project highlight: small scale manufacturing

Nicaragua, Matagalpa is home to Familias Especiales (FE), one of the country’s more progressive special needs foundations. FE provides services to children and adults with disabilities and supports their families.  They employ disabled teens and adults to work in their recycling center, yogurt kitchen, and wheelchair workshop, and allow them to use their school and workshop to support those with disabilities in the community.  Home visits with a physical therapist were made to determine individuals’ needs for new mobility furniture like wheelchairs.  An over-heating issue in the yogurt facility was also addressed with the installation of more windows and the use of an evaporative cooler.

See Project Poster: Adaptive Equipment & Facility Ventilation in Matagalpa, Nicaragua

student experience

"Before you decide not to meet someone, do something, taste a new food, visit a new country, you name it... because of what others are saying or what the "world" is saying, meet that person, do it yourself, taste that new dish, explore the unknown, and make the decision for yourself rather than take the words of others as truth. We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us." – Andrew Tarutani, 2016 ETHOS Participant

“The most important take-away from my time spent in Nicaragua is that I have a lot more to learn. The world is full of endless knowledge, countless cultures, and billions of beautiful people… My ETHOS experience has made me excited to travel and learn, given me that chance to improve myself, and given me an appreciation for home that I have never had before.” – Teresa Bradford, 2016 ETHOS Participant 

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