Turning Trash Into Classrooms in Nicaragua

Written by Denise Miller, ChangeStream Media Co-founder

“Here in this hotel, we focus on two things: education and garbage.”

These aren’t typical focus areas for hotels, but Alvaro Molina isn’t your typical hotel owner. He’s committed to addressing pollution, poverty and lack of educational opportunities on the Nicaraguan island of Ometepe.

Just by staying at his beautiful lakeside Hacienda Mérida hotel, visitors support Alvaro’s “Ecobricks” program for turning trash into classrooms. Read all about it in a new blog post I wrote for the “Culture With Travel” website. Then watch our latest video to learn how Ecobricks work:

CSM volunteer Ellie Kozlowski and I worked in Nicaragua this summer in partnership with Visit.org, an online platform for social impact travel experiences. Travelers can use the website to book tours and adventures led by organizations that make a positive impact on their communities worldwide. Hacienda Mérida offers a guided hike up nearby Maderas Volcano through Visit.org; book your adventure now, or learn about opportunities to volunteer with Ometepe Bilingual School on the Omprakash website.