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By K. Borland, A. Adams

Designed to advertise mirrored image and 'better practices' one of the potential volunteers and organizers of travel-for-service reports, foreign Volunteer Tourism offers narratives on momentary foreign volunteering in significant the US written through North American organizers, pupil contributors and imperative American companions.

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Now we were four, and we got to work. We called the literacy campaign a “crusade” because it was clear to us that this was a growing grassroots movement with great feeling and energy. I met with a revolutionary commander who had lived for years in the mountains as a guerrilla. He said that what we were creating as a great national campaign was going to be impossible. He knew how hard life was in the mountains, and he said we were going to have thousands of deserters. He advised me to create a more measured plan, such as starting with two departments and then adding two more and so forth until we covered all of Nicaragua.

Weighed on us during the entire crusade right to the very last days, and every day’s 32 ● Fernando Cardenal difficulties and setbacks seemed to prove him right. The government made 1980 the “Year of Literacy” and gave all its support . . and volunteers arrived from all over. Very capable people. It was during this time that I learned that Brazil’s great educator, Paulo Freire, was coming out of exile and returning to Brazil . . I contacted him and invited him to stop by Nicaragua on his way back to Brazil, so he could see how we were organizing the literacy crusade and give us some advice.

While they passed the megaphone to me, I had a few rushed seconds to think of what to say. I was clear that the students’ demands were fair, but I also knew that if I said in public what I thought, it was going to create a big problem. It would Priest in the Revolution ● 29 damage my friendship with Father Pallais because, in addition to being the president, he was the father superior of the Jesuit community in which we lived, in a house on the university campus. He wore two hats for me, and this created a great conflict for me.

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