march of 2018
, a group of travelers embarked on a journey of a lifetime...
meet the travelers
Met 👋 Ignite Team & fellow travelers @ airport ✈️
Checked into our intimate Leon hotel (pool was a hit 🏊)
First volcano 🌋 sighting & first Toña (salud! 🍻)
Bonded with new friends @ beach sunset dinner 🌅 + 🐟 + 💯
"From the moment I arrived – I knew this would be an amazing experience. Ignite thought of every detail & led us on a journey that exceeded all my expectations."
Juan’s crash-course Spanish lesson 👨🏫 (Tuani 🤙)
Visited local market 🇳🇮 & met Ignite’s community partner, Las Tías
Spanish-English bingo with the kids (Jamie’s team took home the 🏆 for most enthusiastic)
Hiked🚶♀️& volcano boarded 🏄 down Cerro Negro
(Michael with the fastest time 🥇 – plus style points for the 🎥 timelapse)
cultural immersion & community engagement
At Ignite, we provide authentic connections and off-the-beaten path experiences that give you a true sense of the people, country and culture. We facilitate this through our relationships with local guides ("the Juan and only") and community organizations like Las Tías.
On this journey, the group spent time engaging at the Las Tías community center that serves under-resourced youth and their families. The Las Tías students and staff benefited from the educational and creative activities facilitated by our group and our travelers learned from the inspiring leaders, culture and values of the amazing Nicaraguan people.
Road tripped 🚌 to Yolanda’s home and met her family 👩👧👦
Led hand ✋ art project & served lunch @ community center
(Nikita’s group made some museum quality artwork! 🎨)
Climbed up to Cathedral rooftop ⛪ then drinks 🍹 @ plaza
Treated to a Nicaraguan feast 🍽️ + dancing with the Las Tías staff
(Gene🕺 really tore up the dance floor)
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Shopped 👜 for indigenous-made crafts & souvenirs 🇳🇮 at Masaya market
(great Toña hat purchase Ashley!)
Lunched @ picturesque Café Las Flores coffee ☕ farm 🌱
Trekked to Mombacho crater 🌋 look out point (& took some crazy hair photos with Lea!)
Afternoon pool party 🏊 & closing dinner with group toasts 🍻 & reflections