The Bainbridge Ometepe Sister Islands Association builds bridges of friendship between Bainbridge Island in Washington State and Ometepe, Nicaragua
For more than 30 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.
Want to work on Ometepe for a year? Apply now
Each year, the Sister Islands Association hires one person to work as the assistant office manager in our office on Ometepe. We will have an opening this year, preferably to start in June, and we are now accepting applications.
To learn more about this job and how to apply, please click here.
Francisco Antonio Hernández, who coordinates all of the Sister Islands Association's programs for the special needs community on Ometepe, is shown as he prepared to defended his master's thesis about the Sister Islands' work with the deaf community on Ometepe. He scored 90% — a reason to celebrate.
Girl Scouts sell Café Oro
Barbara Saur had the honor of being the first customer at the Bainbridge Farmer's market to buy Café Oro from Girl Scout Troop 44331. Selling coffee made more sense than selling Girl Scout cookies, the troop decided.