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.

Office Volunteer, 2016-’17, Apply New

Office Volunteer, 2016-’17, Apply New

Would you like to spend a year on Ometepe? Want to help advance Sister Islands work? Dying to become fluent in Spanish? Now is your opportunity to apply to become Dorita’s assistant in our Altagracia office beginning in the summer, 2016.

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‘Animals of Bainbridge and Ometepe’

‘Animals of Bainbridge and Ometepe’

A cute armadillo is just one of the hand-drawn creatures featured in the 2016 Kids Can Make a Difference calendar, on sale at island businesses on weekends through mid-December. Still just $10, it’s a great gift!

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Alternative gifts: These do good

Alternative gifts: These do good

Nurture the spirit of kindness within us all by participating in our alternative gift program. Give $10, $25, $50 or $100 and choose how it should be spent. Or open a door to a cross-cultural friendship by purchasing a scholarship in someone’s name.

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