Bainbridge Ometepe Sister Islands

Building Friendships since 1986

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The Bainbridge Ometepe Sister Islands Association builds bridges of friendship between Bainbridge Island in Washington State and Ometepe island in Nicaragua.

man and boyFor more than 25 years, we have constructed schools and water systems together, learned each others’ languages and customs, and been welcomed into each others’ homes.

Much has changed since 1986, when Kim Esterberg first set foot on Ometepe in search of a sister island and Moyogalpa Mayor Diego Martinez told Kim that what Ometepe needed most was respect. What has not changed is the vision of a long-term, sustainable relationship—a mutually beneficial partnership of equals. This mutuality of respect is what we hold true to as we continue on into our second quarter-century.

We welcome newcomers to our organization. A great first step: become a member.

You can help support projects on Ometepe by making a donation.

If you have a question, contact us.

Want to work on Ometepe for a year?

Each year, the Sister Islands Association hires one person to work as assistant office manager in our office on Ometepe. Applications are being accepted now for a position that will begin in early fall. If you are interested or have questions, please phone Betsy Carroll, president, at (206) 842-6266.

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