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Delegations to Nicaragua examine the consequences of U.S.-supported neoliberal policies for Nicaraguan society.  Delegates investigate how free trade policies like CAFTA impact education, health, agriculture, employment and migration through conversations with Nicaraguans from a variety of backgrounds and occupations.  

Delegates have a unique opportunity to see alternatives to neoliberal models in practice, including permaculture farming, fair trade, and sustainable micro lending.  

Delegations to Nicaragua can include the following elements:

  • Meetings with health promoters and healthcare providers in both the public and private sectors;
  • Conversations with maquila (garment assembly factory) workers;
  • A tour of maquila factories in the Mercedes Free Trade Zone;
  • Meetings with tobacco factory workers in Esteli;
  • Sessions with organic and permaculture coffee farmers in Matagalpa;
  • Rural homestays in Matagalpa, Esteli or Jalapa;
  • Urban homestays in Managua;
  • Seminars with economists and sociologists;
  • Sessions with women’s groups, students, and teachers;
  • Meetings with business leaders, government officials and U.S. embassy personnel;
  • Seminars with environmental organizations devoted to sustainable development and environmental practices; and
  • Visits to fair trade cooperatives.

Students Learn about Coffee Trade on WFP Delegation
by Emily KennedyThe Cowl--Providence College's Student-Run Newspaper
Ten Providence College students traveled to Nicaragua with Witness for Peace to learn about coffee farming and fair trade.

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