It has been about five months since my time in Nicaragua came to a jarring and unwanted conclusion. The protests and political instability responsible for Peace Corps Nicaragua's evacuation continued throughout this summer. In July we were informed that our administrative hold was over and that we were now "returned" Peace Corps Volunteers despite being … Continue reading Back to the drawing board
My final night in the city of Matagalpa, until I return... So much has happened in the past few weeks. If you haven’t seen my “Si Dios Quiere” post, then I suggest you read that before getting too deep into this. There is some unintended foreshadowing, hinting at the inevitable unexpected and the attitude a … Continue reading An Unlikely Journey Home
There’s a common saying here in Nicaragua of “si dios quiere,” “if god wants.” Contextually Nicaraguans use this dicho, saying, as common response statement, but to me it represents a larger cultural theme that reflects not only Nicaragua’s religious principles, but also speaks volumes about the country’s politics, status as a small nation state, … Continue reading “Si dios quiere”
Sunrise vista hiking up to my rural school. Did I mention how beautiful my site is? Yesterday marked 6 months here in Nicaragua! Students line up for their first day of class assembly. I'd recommend looking at the facial expressions, not all seem so thrilled to be done with vacation. I'm here to change that! … Continue reading School starts and we’re off running!
I missed a post! We’ll call it a cheat week. Let’s see, a brief overview of the last 14 days: Camp in Jinotega with Dylan and Marie! This leadership/environmental camp in the city was a big hit, I will be stealing a few ideas from them (certificates, parental involvement, and leadership games to name a … Continue reading Camps, Spanish, Training, etc…
Sunset from a viewpoint near my site! I’m in Esteli for the day, watching my fellow environmental volunteer Henry get a tattoo while I digest a memorably delicious burrito. This week was nicely busy. My Campamento finished yesterday after three days of making an organic compost (abono orgánico), a tree nursery (vivero), a school garden … Continue reading ¡Campamento!
I’ve just passed the five-month mark in Nicaragua! Three months in Carazo, now two months in site. Time seems to be picking up pace. During training the days were so hot and long and full of tiresome classes and trainings. Now my days (especially in this time of extended vacation) are relatively empty, the climate … Continue reading 5 months!
San Juan del Sur! I spent the 31st with 25 other Peace Corps Volunteers in San Juan del Sur! This beachy tourist destination is known for its surfing, expensive food (compared to the rest of Nicaragua), parties, and LOTS of backpackers (of the Gringo variety). We all piled into a house for three late nights … Continue reading Happy New Year’s!
Resolutions I missed a weekly post, we’ll call it a break for Christmas festivities. New Year’s is coming up, and with it comes the nice yearly “reset” button where we all make resolutions and attempt to integrate better habits into our lives. Realistically, more than a few of us will be waking up on January … Continue reading Resolutions
In the mountains This week has been a nice mix of teaching at La Buena Samaritana, helping with a summer camp in La Trinidad, and hiking with my wonderful Peace Corps friends. My host family’s house is still under construction, so I have spent most of my time out and about to avoid the dust … Continue reading Lazy Picture Post