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Community

Helping the Community 

We understand that tourists today are more interactive than in years past. Destinations that have a greater respect for the culture and ecology of local communities, as well as those that benefit the local people are in greater demand.  Soma Surf Resort was was created with as little negative impact on the environment as possible while forging a connection to the Nicaraguan people and land.

Your stay at soma will not only nourish you, but also directly benefit local communities and non-profits.


First. Simply by staying at soma you are supporting and providing direct employment and training for over a dozen families in the community.  This is huge.  You have just provided food, shelter, school access, medicine, and all basic necessities.  

 



 

Second. 1% of all proceeds from soma goes directly to Aprender Nicaragua,  a local non-profit with a focus on education. Aprender helps enroll kids in school, provides school supplies and uniforms, tutoring, counseling, and works closely with parents and teachers. Aprender also founded and runs the local library which runs various educational programs. Your stay at Soma helps improve education for children in our area.


 

Soma’s Role in Active Sustainability

Soma is committed to this all important area while meeting the expectations of our guests.

  • Soma maintained architectural integrity with the surrounding area using low impact style and utilized sustainable construction methods and materials wherever possible
  • no live trees were cut down for construction
  • minimal amount of land was used for the hotel leaving a small footprint thus greatly reducing the impact on the terrain
  • intentionally built on a small scale so as not to add any additional stress to the fragile infrastructure in this area.
  • no caged animals or clipped birds are on the grounds
  • hired only local people from the community with an emphasis on education & training
  • support of Club Limpio the local trash removal system in the community
  • implementation of a plastic recycle program
  • planting of only indigenous flora
  • used only indigenous materials in the construction process
  • used all local workers during construction
  • in-Room towel and linen reminders of eco-washing  *Save the Planet*
  • in-Room friendly reminders on eco-friendly air conditioner usage when not in the room *Save the Planet*
  • Soma buys in bulk to reduce waste in packaging
  • uses reusable products wherever possible
  • 98% of all furnishings constructed by local artisans
  • guests are continually educated concerning the local culture

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    Soma Furnishings

    Each bungalow is finely appointed with furniture and art from local artisans. If you would like to purchase any items, soma would be more than happy to arrange for the shipping to your home. A portion of proceeds from purchases of these products goes directly back to the community.

    Sustainable Design

    Soma was built with respect for the local environment. All of Soma's buildings are built using locally made, sun-dried bricks. The stone and wood used is native to Nicaragua and found locally. The workers employed in construction live in the surrounding villages. Soma Design

    Local Gestures!

    The Finger Wag:Limber up your wrists and fingers if you want to communicate like a true native.. Probably the single most practical gesture is the rapid side to side waggging of the index finger. It means no, and in some cases a verbal no in the absence of the "finger wag" is disregarded as not serious.

    Nicaraguan Wrist Snap: To pull off the "Nicaraguan Wrist Snap" simply join the tips of your thumb and middle finger together and let your index finger dangle loosely. Then with a series of rapid wrist flicks repeatedly let your index finger slap against the middle one. The snapping noise emphasizes what you are saying.

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