January 5, 2018
Miss Earth United States Serves World Mission Outreach in Nicaragua 


Media Contact: Celine Hobbs,

Original Article: Gran Pacifica Resort

Managua, Nicaragua – In December 2017, Miss Earth United States Andreia Gibau, Teen Miss Earth United States Leslie Jackson, and Junior Miss Earth United States Angel Strong were joined by state delegates to dedicate time to environmental and educational efforts in Nicaragua. This visit was organized by World Missions Outreach, a US-owned not for profit organization operating a school for elementary and secondary age students, as well as a feeding program in the communities surrounding the nation's capital.


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On December 10, representatives from the Miss Earth organization visited Gran Pacifica to help clean up trash along the beach. In total, 12 bags worth of plastic bottles and other trash were collected from the beach at Gran Pacifica.

Miss Earth delegates are committed to service projects around the world, with a particular focus on projects related to conservation and preservation of the natural environment, as well as education about the importance of caring for the environment. The Gran Pacifica Resort on the Pacific Ocean of Nicaragua was delighted to host these young women and have them participate in environmental projects on the property.


Gran Pacifica’s Social Responsibility coordinator, Holly Wilson, had the opportunity to speak with many of the women about their experience with Miss Earth and their reasons for participating in this particular pageant. 


The current Miss Earth USA, Andreia Gibau from Massachusetts, said “It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It makes me appreciate all the impact I can have on other people’s lives, and I get to travel to amazing places like Nicaragua.”


Gibau has been participating in various pageants for the last three years, but Miss Earth is the most fulfilling because of its focus on protecting the environment and preserving our planets natural resources.


Another first-time visitor to Nicaragua was fifteen-year old Junior Miss Earth United States Angel Strong from Nebraska. Strong said that she loves the people and culture of Nicaragua and that this has been a very well-rounded experience. While at Gran Pacifica, she said that she missed the internet, but “it is giving me a view outside of my comfort zone.”


Nathalie Borgella, who represents New England, also joined the group in their beach cleanup efforts. Nathalie said that when she is home in New York, she works with a local science teacher and their class on a tree planting project in addition to helping restore and clean parks and open space. Nathalie said that she loves Nicaragua and appreciates the good spirit and faith of the people here.


In addition to cleaning up the beaches at Gran Pacifica, the Miss Earth delegates and Gran Pacifica residents enjoyed the many amenities available at Gran Pacifica – delicious food and drinks from SeaSalt Restaurante, lounging at the pool, and horseback riding through the property.


Prior to their visit to Gran Pacifica, the delegates worked alongside Amanda Sowards of World Mission Outreach to help plant trees and teach sustainable gardening practices in Nicaragua. The group also included: Leslie Jackson (Teen Miss Earth USA), Allie Graziano (Miss Michigan Earth), Lindsay McVety, and Satta Ektrakul. Gran Pacifica Resort will be happy to have them back and wishes them all success!

Miss Earth United States has set its next organizational mission to Nicaragua for May 2018, which will be attended by Mission Coordinator Kaylee Carlberg, 2017 Elite Miss Earth United States Adele Scala, 2016 Miss Earth United States Mae-Ann Webb and other state delegates.


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2017 title holders serve the Managua, Nicaragua community.

State delegates joined the trip to dedicate time to environmental efforts in association with World Missions Outreach.

Gran Pacifica Resort on the Pacific Ocean of Nicaragua provided a breathtaking backdrop for a beach cleanup and turtle release.

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