Where We Work
We believe that change happens gradually over the long term. Lasting impacts on individuals and communities can be sparked during a Bridges experience but must be sustained afterwards. We hope to inspire a long-term commitment in our communities and volunteers to continue working as agents for change, both locally and globally.
Where We Go
The capital of the province, San Juan de la Maguana, gets its name from the Catholic saint, John the Baptist, and from the original indigenous name of the area, Maguano, when it was one of the five main tribal chiefdoms on the island.
Located on the Atlantic Ocean side of the country, Siuna is filled with natural beauty and diverse cultural traditions.
A small municipality located in the larger department of Masaya, Nindiri has prominent indigenous routes and is located close to the capital.
Known for its vibrant festivals and talented artisans, Masaya is located just south of the capital of Managua.
Surrounded by cloud forests and tucked in between mountains is the “misty city” of Jinotega, a large province with a small population of only 75,000. Over 90% of the city’s inhabitants work in the livestock and agriculture industry, mostly on small and medium-sized farms, growing coffee, beans, corn, and other vegetables. Jinotega produces over 80% of the country’s coffee exports.
The department of Masaya, about one hour outside of the capital of Nicaragua, Managua, in western Nicaragua, is the smallest department in the country but has the highest population density. With active volcanoes serving as a backdrop to lush forests, beautiful lakes and lagoons, it is not hard to see why Masaya is known as a tourist mecca.
Nindiri is a municipality located in Nicaragua’s smallest but most densely populated department of Masaya. Made up of over 17 communities Nindiri is home to more than 48,000 people. Located close to Masaya Volcano National Park, Nindiri sits on a volcanic rock foundation formed centuries ago. Today the impressive crater attracts visitors for its beauty and the unique ecosystems it creates.
Siuna is located on the eastern side of Nicaragua, closer to the Atlantic Ocean. It is part of one of Nicaragua’s two autonomous regions, the Autonomous Region of the North, or RAAN, making it a unique area to explore in the country for its distinct history, traditions, and ways of life. The capital of Siuna has the same name and is surrounded by over 200 rural communities.