On the morning of Day 3, everyone woke up a little more refreshed than the previous day and the Peace Corps Volunteers were very proud of the campers for respecting the cabin rules. After enjoying a hearty breakfast, we started the morning again with games. Instead of heading to the soccer field, the campers engaged in “theatre exercises” to stimulate artistic creativity. The favorite game was the “mano y pie”, otherwise known as the stomp and clap. This activity challenged coordination as the participants had to follow the designated sign directing their movement.
After the morning games, the girls were divided into two groups by age to attend the teen pregnancy and HIV workshop. With the psychologists from Plan, the girls brainstormed about why young girls become pregnant. They discussed the social and physical risks of teen pregnancy and how it can negatively impact relationships between the couple, as well as their friends and families. The younger girls focused on abstaining from sexual relations and learning how to resist societal pressures to engage sexual activity before they felt ready. Abstinence was also discussed with the older girls in addition to contraceptive methods and condom use. Both groups then watched a video about HIV and how “machismo” and gender roles contribute to HIV transmission. The workshop was concluded by knowledge competition, where the girls were divided into two teams and their responses were evaluated by the Plan facilitators to determine the winner.
The campers were very excited for lunch after a long morning of workshops and needed to be energized for the afternoon activities, which consisted of a workshop about domestic violence and the ropes course activities. For the domestic violence workshop, the girls were counseled about the recently enacted violence against women act in Nicaragua, Ley 779. The facilitators from Plan divided the girls into five groups and each group was given a scenario about different types of violence the law addresses, which included physical, emotional, sexual, economic, and labor violence. In these groups, they developed a skit to illustrate the scenario to show to the rest of the group and discussed which category of violence the scenario represented and how the situation could be resolved.
From the Domestic Violence workshop, the girls returned to their cabins to grab their sneakers and jackets to prepare for the ropes course and rock wall. Almost as soon as they arrived at the course, it started to rain but that did not deter the girls from continuing to fly across the zip line, walk across a tight rope and climb the rock wall.