On the actual day, December 1st, my counterpart and I had a dinner with some of our Zumba ladies in which we presented a slideshow with facts about HIV in Nicaragua as well as answered any and all questions they had.
The following Monday, our local women’s organization, Oyanka, put on an HIV/AIDS fair with help from the Cruz Roja, ProFamilia, CEPS and myself. We provided condom demonstrations, gave HIV/AIDS awareness ribbons to everyone as well as free rapid HIV tests.
Halloween isn’t a widely recognized holiday in Nicaragua.
The 3rd year volunteer leader who lives in Estelí invited some volunteers to her house, as well as some local Nicas, and we had a little Halloween fiesta/pot luck.
It was a fun time to interchange cultures and dress up!
I was chicha bruja (the fermented corn drink widespread throughout Corn Festivals…so I was a bruja (“witch”) with a corn necklace). I had to explain the costume to people, but once they got it, they got a good laugh.