My experience with La Isla Foundation has been amazing not only because of my work here, but also because of the wonderful city of León and country of Nicaragua. There are many opportunities for adventure and to explore the beauty of Nicaragua not far from León. The sense of community in León has been incredible to become a part of. Spending time here as an intern makes you feel not only like a part of La Isla Foundation, but also the city.
León is a city of academics, proud of their rich cultural history. It was a source of famed Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío’s inspiration and the location of his first love. The Nicaraguan Revolution has also left a significant impression on León physically and culturally. Bullet holes seen in many of the city’s buildings represent the fighting that so many remember and wish to never see again.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/mk_page_section]
In my last two weeks in León I will begin to say my goodbyes to the people I have only just begun to know. The city will continue to be as welcoming to the new La Isla Foundation volunteers as it was to me.
Louise Chong is an undergraduate student specializing in Global Health in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. Outside of her studies, she enjoys food, photography, and fun!