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NSC delegations and study tours

Since 1984 over 1,500 people from England, Scotland and Wales have taken part in brigades, study tours and delegations to Nicaragua to exchange skills and experiences and build mutual solidarity with Nicaraguan organisations. Each trip has a particular focus but as far as possible we tailor the programme to the particular interests of the group. The trips usually last for approximately two weeks: the first week is spent living and working in a rural community and the second week travelling around Nicaragua for an organised programme of visits and talks.

I would definitely recommend the NSC environmental study tour to Nicaragua. It was an exceptional opportunity to meet the people and organisations, learn how they live and work and share their lives. This is one of the best options to actually get to know a country.

Member of NSC environment study tour, June 2012

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In Nicaragua I was able to experience what life is like at the other end of the consumer chain, and witness how important it is that we in the North at least pay a fair price for the products we consume. I am more committed than ever to promoting fair trade. I believe it is a real opportunity to challenge the vast inequalities that exist in the world between the rich and the poor.

Participant in NSC fair trade work/study tour to Nicaragua.

Co-operatives and fair trade: the Nicaraguan example

Find out more by visiting Nicaragua with us! 2-15 November, 2013

We are a co-operative and have benefitted a lot from NSC’s exchange programme between Nicaragua and the UK. This has been a very positive initiative because we get to know and understand each other, see our different visions and share our common goals

Union of Agricultural Cooperatives SOPPEXCCA www.soppexcca.org/en

Co-ops in Nicaragua have a famous and revered founder: liberation hero Augusto Cesar Sandino established one of the first co-ops in Nicaragua in 1933.

Nicaragua is the most impoverished country in the western hemisphere after Haiti. Co-operatives have played a key role in reducing poverty, community development, improving food security and environmental protection and driving gender equality.

Over the past 30 years co-operatives and fair trade have played a significant role in shifting the balance of political and economic power in favour of small farmers. They have brought a real alternative to the exploitative agro-export model, providing greater direct access to markets and finance, empowering women, and making trade fairer through taking their control over more links in the production chain. Nicaragua has more than 4,000 registered co-ops with 188,000 members operating across every sector. This includes agriculture, transport, education, industry, savings and loans, housing and the arts.

Nicaraguan agricultural co-ops are regarded as a model of successful cooperative development and other countries including Cuba, are choosing to learn from the Nicaraguan experience. Find out why by visiting Nicaragua with us!

The programme will include:

  • Living and working with families of co-op members producing fairtrade sesame or coffee
  • Visiting co-ops in other parts of Nicaragua involved in shrimp, peanut and honey production and processing and marketing coffee and sesame
  • Finding out more about Nicaragua and the Bolivarian Allliance for the Peoples of our America (ALBA) and how co-ops have benefitted
  • Enjoying Nicaragua’s cities, coasts, lakes, volcanoes and cloud forests

How much will it cost?

  • Ground and organisational costs: £750 which includes accommodation, transport, all meals, interpreting/accompaniment in Nicaragua and preparation in the UK.
  • Flights, airport taxes and insurance are additional. It is advisable to book as early as possible.

There will be a minimum of six and a maximum of ten people in the group. It would be helpful but not essential to speak Spanish. However, we would encourage everyone to learn at least a little before they go. If you are able to publicise this tour we can provide leaflets or you can forward the link to this page to your contacts.

For further information phone: 020 7561 4836 or email us here.