Kristin has been volunteering with EEP for 3 weeks in Nicaragua. As part of her programme she has created invaluable resources to help promote EEP products – watch this space for her videos to be released soon with our exciting new products, she formed part of the team in Nicaragua and visited schools & businesses in Managua to get them recycling paper with us. Most of all she has left a smile on the women’s faces. Being a volunteer will change your life in many ways…here is what Kristin has to say about her experience:
“My third and final week at The Earth Education project came and left too quickly.
My week consisted of completing my personal project [a video to promote and explain the joint reforestation programme with EEP and the Pure Earth Project], it included multiple trips to pick up paper from local businesses who donate their paper to us, and a visit from the kids at the Dianova school school whom we visited last week to talk to about EEP – as part EEP’s “recycling futures” programme they school recycles paper with us and in return they visist the centre where we share with them what we do with the paper and I also helped out the EEP team and the participants whenever they needed.
I really don’t feel ready to say goodbye to these incredible women just yet. Especially after my last day, where we all sat around the work shop tables together, eating the delicious typical Nica dish that my co worker Silvia prepared for everyone, and after I gave the girls a small handmade card to tell them how grateful I was to have met them, they in turn, one by one, gave me a handmade gift they had especially prepared for me. It was very hard not to cry, especially after reading the kind words they had written in their cards to me. We finished the party with a cake fight, each of us running after the next screaming girl planting a handful of cake in their face.
My time here in Nicaragua has been so rich in so many ways and I am sure I will be coming back to see these smiling faces again some day soon.