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Two more girls’ team will be visiting SJdS from the USA.

Berry University will be here from March 14th to the 18th and will play the Nicaraguan National Team at the Sports Park on March 17th

Club Fusion a Juniors Club Team from the Chicago Area will be here from March 22nd to 26th. They will play the Nicaraguan Junior National Team at the Sports Park on
March 24

Brooke Rundle is running both tours, and both groups will be participating in community activities on the days prior to their matches. If anyone has any projects that could use some help or attention, please contact one of us via email.

Brooke: Tim:

Local Community Organization Receives International Attention

Communidad Connect, a local community development organization, was recently featured on an international travel blog for it’s VolunToursim program.  VolunTourism is a volunteer program that connects visitors with a wide range of ongoing community projects..  see:

Comunidad Connect focuses on community development projects around the San Juan del Sur area in the southwest of Nicaragua. These projects include recycling, financial literacy programs, sports, and VolunTourism.

Reality Shows Discover Nicaragua

It has become fairly common knowledge in San Juan del Sur that the US tv show, Survivor, will be arriving in a month or so to begin filming just south of town.  The Nica Times published a story today about the Corn Island’s experience of having the crew of a similar popular Italian reality tv show: L’Isola dei Famosi (Island of the Famous).  The article also confirms that the US show is in final negotiations to film “Survior”… something we, of course, already knew.

If the US crew is anything like the Italian crew, San Juan businesses shouldn’t get their hopes up too  much about an amazing influx of business cash.  According to this article, some of the businesses contracted to provide services to the film crew haven’t been too thrilled about how it’s working out.  One provider is quoted as saying “They’re disrespectful and they want everything for free.”   Maybe San Juan will have a better experience.  In any case… it should be interesting… and San Juan will survive “Survivor”.


Smart House Open House – This Saturday March 13

SIP Paneles SA is constructing sips in Nicaragua and they have built one of these homes in San Juan del Sur. It will be open to the public this Saturday, March 13, from 9 am – noon & 2-5 pm.

Drop by after (or before) your stop in at the Farmers Market (Sports Park) and learn all about the new building system using SIP Panels for an affordable and faster construction solution.

Structural Insulated panels or sips are essentially a sandwich of Expanded Poly styrene (Styrofoam) glued to cemntous fiber board or plywood under extreme pressure. Using proven technology from the United States and Germany, SIP Panales claims they are capable of producing a house in a day.

The company also claims that these houses have the best R factors of any homes being built in the country today; that the construction system is environmentally friendly and will produce a home that is 30% less expensive to cool.

Check it out on Saturday and see what they have to say. The Smart House is located before the port on the left across from the blue warehouse. Look for their green and white signs.

Fifties music to rock the house – This Sat.

Fundación A. Jean Brugger is holding a unique fundraising party this Saturday, March 6.  They are calling it the DOO-WOP SOCK HOP!  It will be held at the Galeria del Sur Art Gallery from 6-10pm.

To gain admittance to the event, guests are asked to bring any of the following:
• a new pair of children’s sock
• a new outfit for a child (shirt and shorts/pants/skirt)
• a donation to the School Uniform Program

The event will feature tunes from the 50s, games, prizes, a fundraising auction and quintessential sock hop food:  Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Coca-Cola Floats, Soda, Beer, Rum & Coke.  Everyone is encouraged to wear 50’s style clothes!

For more information about Fundación A. Jean Brugger, visit

2010 Howler 2 Day Mountain Bike Race in Nicaragua

Official Press Release – San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua – February 6, 2010

After months of planning, San Juan del Sur “Howler” race organizers and local community businesses prepare to host athletes from Canada, the USA, neighboring Costa Rica and local participants for the largest adventure race series in the country.  The 2010 off-Road Adventure Series kicks off with the 2nd Annual 2-Day Howler Mountain Bike Race on February 20, 2010.

Event organizers are utilizing the race series as a vehicle to raise $10,000 for local non-profit community partners, Comunidad Connect and Fundacion Tierra, two non-profit organizations devoted to helping build the local community in and around San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua with social and environmental programs.  Both organizations are contributing to the events by allocating staffing resources to ensure the events’ success.

Community businesses have rallied in supporting the events by sponsoring services, in-kind products and financial donations.  “One of many reasons San Juan del Sur continues to be an attractive tourist destination is because the wonderful businesses in the area.  With their generosity, the pool of prizes for race winners continues to grow.” said Larry Thraen, the event organizer.

“To sweeten the sponsorship packages, we included race entries for local businesses that donated to the Howler with financial contributions.  For each $100, businesses have the opportunity to sponsor three local riders, which helps create a sense of comradory with local business, as well as fun for local competitors.” said Thraen.  To date, local businesses, Chica Brava, Nica Fun, Grupo Max, El Encanto, El Gato Negro, Pan de Vida, Aurora Realty, and North American Sponsors Sawtooth Adventures have pledged financial contributions.  Other sponsors which have contributed in-kind products and services include; Villas de Palermo, Pan de Vida, Villa Isabella, and Ruth Orbano Translation services.

The schedule of events for the “Howler weekend” consists of a short course criterion time-trail on Saturday, Feb 20th, beginning at 9AM, and followed by a 3PM short-course race.  Sunday Feb 21 is the main event, challenging the 3 race categories for the series title and the $500 prize money.

“Cuban Luis” Contreas from Smoke on the Water will be catering both days’ events, and providing plenty of cool beverages during the anticipated warm race days.  Bambu Beach Club will be hosting race day wrap-up parties; showcasing racing highlights on the big screen and ocean-side drink specials.

With two weeks until race day, the event still needs volunteers, including course marshals for water stations, certified EMTs and drivers for support vehicles. All proceeds from the race will go towards Comunidad Connect and Fundaci?n Tierra.

Individuals interested in volunteering or sponsoring the event can visit: or email for more information.

Contact: Larry Thraen – Race Promoter

Tel: 011-505-8680-6015