Living In Nicaragua

Posted by Holly Wilson on Dec 16, 2018 7:52:17 AM

Nicaragua has been my home for the last two years.  When the civil unrest broke out on April 18th, 2018, I had to make the decision to either stay or to leave, with the latter being more popular for foreigners.

Since April, I have gotten many messages from those in the U.S. asking “Are you crazy? Get out now!” “Is it safe to travel and be there?”

I’ll address the final question from above and give some other feedback that you might find useful.

Is it safe to be there? I am a guest in the country, so I behave accordingly. The people, government and police, show no ill will towards other foreigners (including me) as long as we do not interfere in their governance. Nicaragua is struggling internally, just as we have struggled ourselves. I do not participate in rallies, marches, and do not post about Nicaraguan politics on social media. Should I ever find myself in trouble, I do believe that my Nicaraguan friends would help me. Thankfully, that has not happened. My community has an emergency preparedness plan for fire and other dangers that we practice, just like back home in Northern California.

kids playing on beachKids playing on the beach.

For several months, I did not travel anywhere. Since September, I have started to travel around the country to nearby Catarina and Managua, as well as to San Rafael del Sur, and other surrounding towns. I follow the guidance of my Nicaraguan friends as many of them have been through this before. There have been no blockades and only a few police. There are lots of construction projects, and many roads being worked all around as Nicaragua continues to build and improve its infrastructure.

Holly enjoying the natural beauty of NicaraguaHolly enjoying the natural beauty of Nicaragua.

Investing Here

I have invested here in Nicaragua and plan to continue to volunteer with the Corporate Social Responsibility projects that Gran Pacifica and ECI Development are engaged in with the community. These types of global outreach are essential in improving the needs of the community. What is nice is that community members are willing to work together to make the improvements needed alongside volunteers. One such example was the well in the San Diego community which had been broken for several months. Angel, a former employee of SeaSalt Restaurante at Gran Pacifica, told me that all the well needed was some small parts and manual labor to get fixed. I asked him how much it would cost, and he said that $20 would cover the parts and labor. I made a small donation to Angel and the very next day the well got the necessary repairs. With a little help, our resources can spread to many.

Holly and YusleydiHolly and Yusleydi Obando Cerna, Hands and Smiles Dental Mission

Health Care

In Nicaragua, I can afford to go to a doctor and the dentist. Last year I fractured my wrist in two places. I had excellent care from my doctor, and the cost was about 1/3 of what it would have been had I been in the United States. Other times I have gone into a doctor here for blood work and gotten results in an hour. I've also received copies of x-rays without any hassle. Dentists are also well-trained in Nicaragua and cost must less than their U.S. counterparts.

Papaya trees at GPBad Experiences? I am often asked if I’ve had any bad experiences while living in Nicaragua. The answer is for the most part is "no". This country is blessed with an abundance of talented and spiritual people, natural beauty, and a rich culture made up of many heritages including Native, Spanish, European, Caribbean, Cuban, Latin American, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and so many more. Coming from California, where this was also the case, has made Nicaragua feel like home in many ways. Nicaragua is changing, just as the whole world is changing. Absolute safety is not a guarantee anywhere you go. In many ways, I feel safer here than home in my own country. I believe in the “Golden Rule.” “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.” It is just common sense.


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Coupled with over 20 years of inherent corporate social responsibility in the communities where we work, ECI Development is building a sustainable business that is going to be around for the next 100+ years.

Holly Wilson

Written by Holly Wilson

Holly Wilson is from California. She has a Bachelor's in International Relations/Community Development and enjoyed her career in Social Services. She is now working with Gran Pacifica Resort / ECI Development, employing her special skills on the many projects of Corporate Social Responsibility this company engages in. She is enjoying living in Nicaragua and getting to know the great people here.

Topics: Gran Pacifica in Nicaragua, Activities at Gran Pacifica, Living in Latin America, Nicaraguan Culture, Living In Nicaragua