Coalisland film maker’s ‘rewarding’ journey to Nicaragua

Ryan Coney from Coalisland with some of the children he met while volunteering in Nicaragua
Ryan Coney from Coalisland with some of the children he met while volunteering in Nicaragua

A Coalisland film maker, who has returned from helping a community in Nicaragua, has encouraged young people interested in volunteering to follow their dream.

Ryan Coney was the only Irish person chosen to work with Progressio ICS, in central America.

The film studies graduate, who captured his visit in a series of photos and videos which he is currently editing into a documentary he hopes may be shown at festivals next year, spent three months on the project.

“I lived with a local family and three other volunteers from the UK”, Ryan explains.

“We were working on community related projects, the main one being building Eco latrines for the local community of El Pochote, a small community outside the town of Masaya where we were based. “We worked alongside Nicaragua volunteers and the UK volunteers took Spanish lessons to build our relationships.”

Ryan urged anyone interested in similar work: “The project allowed me to combine my interests of filmmaking and volunteering and I encourage any young person with serious interest in international development to consider volunteering with Progressio ICS.”